If you are like me, you’ve tried a few Lightroom 2 add-ins, only to discover they quite honestly suck. They crash or they simply launch Photoshop, so if you don’t have Photoshop then you’re screwed. Well, tonight I finally downloaded the Viveza for Lightroom 2.0 add-in (free for existing Viveza users) and am happy to report that it doesn’t suck!!!!!
Here’s how it works (and how it’s different from the average add-in):
- Select the photo you wish to modify
- Choose Edit In (usually from a right click) and choose Viveza
- You’ll be prompted for a format to export (unfortunately, it does save a new file to disk). I tried a 16-bit ProPhoto PSD, but that failed, so I stuck with the default TIFF format on the next try.
- The simple to use Viveza UI comes up and you make your changes, as you would from Photoshop (but the key here is that Photoshop is NOT required).
- When you are done, choose save (where you’d normally say OK) and the file is saved back to disk and you are returned to Lightroom.
- No fuss, no muss, no crashes!!!!!
I’ve already reviewed Viveza here, and I love it. I use it quite often, so I’m pleased to be able to use it with Lightroom now. Here’s a really bad photo I had of “Chub the Frog” (my kids pet frog) taken inside his filthy dirty plastic home (the kids insisted that we not take him out):
Even though the odds were against me (hover over to see the before), I managed to save this muddy photo into something reasonable using ONLY Lightroom 2.3 and Viveza 1.0! A special thanks goes out to Chub the Frog and my kids for participating in this article! :-)
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