At least a couple of my goals with this blog are to give some information that is useful or at least interesting. For useful this morning I am thinking of Nik's Viveza plugin for Photoshop. Viveza lets me with a click add control points to an image that will adjust things like contrast, brightness, saturation, and so on. In the example below I wanted to get the cat ornament to stand out more from the background.
The one on the left is the before picture. In the picture on the right I used control points to darken some of the background while leaving the ornament alone. I also was able to make some adjustments to the ornament without effecting the background. In the past the main option for making non-global changes like this would be by using selections. And that can be a difficult process. With Viveza such changes are pretty quick and easy.
I'm not sure if this is the most impressive example of Viveza's capabilities, however it was something I did today that bought Viveza to mind. I would rate Viveza as one of the most useful plugins for Photoshop. If you have not heard of it it is worth checking out.
In another development I uploaded a few more images from the negatives that I wrote about finding earlier.
Looks like a visit from a son in the military.
Found Negatives Gallery