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Get creative in ACDSee Pro 8 and Ultimate 8. Here is a short video tutorial to show you how you can use the Brush Tool!

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Using Gradients with ACDSee Pro 8 and Ultimate 8

Here’s a quick look at how to use gradients and special effects to change the emotion of an image. In this video, we give an image verging on being a nightscape a bright daytime look.

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Take Your Time

2015-02-03 00:08:14 GMT

It had become second nature to pull out my phone or DSLR and snap a quick pic of a sunset, a hug between friends, a striking landscape. However, due to the rapidness that I captured these images, they diminished not only quality, but also significance.

My computer folders were packed with hundreds of photos that had no real meaning to me, and were subpar images, at best. Because of the overwhelming amount of files, I overlooked those that had actual photographic value — it took so long to scour through the mess, that I usually gave up before I started.

Sound familiar?

Sometimes improving your photography skills doesn’t take a new lense or hours of practice, but rather taking time to observe, shoot, and appreciate the subject of your photo.

Maybe 2015 is the year that you organize those folders, and eliminate any undesirable images. Proper digital image management in the present could save you hours of frustration in the future.

When it comes to shooting your photographs, choose quality over quantity. Dedicate time to seeking out the scene you want to capture, and don’t settle for mediocre. Once you have your images, don’t be afraid to play with them — edit and tweak until you’re in love with the result.

Slow down, press pause, and spend some quality time with your camera and software.

Tortoise

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Pixel Targeting Tutorial with ACDSee Ultimate 8 and Pro 8
Selectively adjust pixels with a variety of Edit mode tools by targeting specific colors and tones within the image. Even target skin tones! Combine Pixel Targeting with the Edit Brush for the ultimate in precision editing.

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Finding Inspiration

2015-01-06 23:02:00 GMT

The beginning of the new year is always a great time to motivate yourself towards your photography goals. But even with motivation, it can be difficult to find inspiration after some time off. Here are some suggestions to help get that creative ball rolling:

1. Loose Ends
Everyone has a few images they set aside for a rainy day. Take a look through previous folders and see if you have any projects you can finish off. Experiment with some new editing tools and methods you’ve been meaning to try.

2. Out with the Old, In with the New
If browsing last year’s photos doesn’t inspire you, then maybe it is time to start fresh. Organize your files to make room for some new images. Now it is time to get out there with your camera!

3. Do What You Love
Everyone is most successful when doing what makes them happy. Enjoy the adrenaline rush of action photography? Grab your skis and head for the hills! Prefer to cosy up in an indoor studio for some portrait shots? Seek out some new clients and get snapping. Starting the year off creating images you enjoy will help energize and motivate you for future projects.

4. From Start to Finish
Follow your photography projects all the way through. Snap, edit, and print — it can be very satisfying seeing the final product from all your hard work, rather than abandoning it in a folder on your desktop.

5. Mimic Your Idols
Browse the web and online galleries and find some new photographers to follow. Is there a certain individual whose work you already adore? See if they have any tutorials on how to create like images of your own.

6. Old Dog, New Tricks
Find out what new tools and techniques can bring to your work. Experiment and play with new software and give your work a fresh look. Try layer editing with ACDSee Ultimate 8 for ultimate creative freedom.

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