16 December 2016

How to get old New Document window in Photoshop CC 2017?

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How to get old New Document window in Photoshop CC 2017?

If you have recently installed Photoshop CC 2017, you have probably noticed completely new & shiny New Document window. You can see it in the screenshot below. Isn’t it beautiful?

New Document window in Photoshop CC 2017The problem for me is that this window is too fancy and it takes much more time to show than the legacy one. So I decided to turn it off and go back to the old one. So here’s a short tip on how to get it back in case you would also like to restore it:

  1. Go to Edit -> Preferences -> General… on Windows or Photoshop CC -> Preferences -> General… on Mac.
  2. Make sure “Use Legacy “New Document” Interface” checkbox is checked (marked in red in the screenshot below)
  3. Click on the OK button to confirm your changes.

Enabling old New Document window in Photoshop

5 December 2016

Free Presets for Capture One 10

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Free Presets for Capture One 10

Every once in a while I share some free presets on my blog.

And today, to celebrate recent release of Capture One 10, I decided to share a free collection of presets for Capture One. There are 22 different presets in this collection which should be good for landscape, architecture and some street portrait photography.

Download link

You can download the presets for free below:


BTW you can find more free presets here.

Installation instructions

To install the presets in Capture One 10, follow below instructions

  1. Download and unzip archive.
  2. Launch Capture One software.
  3. Go to Adjustments tab.
  4. In the “Styles & Presets” section click on the combo box and select “Import…” item.
  5. Navigate to the directory where you unzipped the presets, select all the presets you want and click on the Open button.

Example of using the preset

Below you can see example of the preset in action. Please note that apart from applying the preset (Architecture_Colonial) no additional post processing was used on this image. So with my presets you can create similar images very easily:

2 December 2016

Capture One 10 & Laundry in Havana

Posted in: capture one, cuba|

Capture One 10 released

Some great news – just yesterday my favorite RAW processor, Capture One was updated to version 10! I’ve been using Capture One 10 for some time already as I’m in the beta program and I must say I love it! With each release this powerful app becomes even more powerful enlarging the gap between Lightroom.

Capture One 10 review

You can read my full review of Capture One software below, now updated for version 10:

New features in Capture One 10

The main features of this update are following:

  • Improved performance – I always loved how fast Capture One was. And you know what? It now became even faster!
  • New 3-phase sharpening tools:
    • “Diffraction correction” – input sharpening that corrects sharpening problems of a lens
    • Regular sharpening – it’s a normal sharpening tool similar to previous versions of Capture One. It still got some enhancements. First, there is new Halo suppression slider that reduces halo artifacts caused by sharpening. Second, sharpening can now be added as a local adjustment so it’s possible to apply different sharpening to different parts of the image, which is great!
    • Output sharpening – you can also apply sharpening specifically for your output recipe (e.g. different for web, for full-size image or for print).
  • Camera Focus tool – although I hardly ever shoot tethered (although this changes as I’m playing with light recently in my small home studio) I think it’s a great feature. You can now adjust focus manually in tethered shooting mode. Both Sony, Nikon, Canon and PhaseOne cameras are supported.
  • Support for compressed RAW file formats like Canon sRAW or Nikon RAW M.
  • Some changes to the default workspace. For example photo browser is now on the right-hand side of the screen.

Laundry in Havana

I always liked colonial architecture and was very happy to see it in Cuba. Although you can generally find it across whole country, in Havana you will the most beautiful and most monumental pieces of it. And the best thing of all is that it’s still used – not only for museums – for hotels, restaurants but also people live there.

Laundry in Havana


2 November 2016

Photomatix FX for iPhone is out!

Posted in: photomatix, photomatix fx|

Photomatix FX adjustmentsPhotomatix FX for iPhone

I have some interesting news for you today guys 🙂

At HDRsoft we have just released Photomatix FX for iPhone!

It’s a free and easy to use app which uses powerful prioprietary Photomatix Pro technology to enhance single photos taken with your phone (or ones that are stored in its memory). Additionally it lets you make some basic edits like contrast, brightness, temperature, saturation adjustments, crop and rotation. Once you’re happy with your image, you can easily share it on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram or save it to your iPhone memory.

Main FeaturesPhotomatix FX home screen

Main features of Photomatix FX app are listed below:

  • It includes 6 photo enhancement effects: ‘Balanced’, ‘Enhanced’, ‘Vibrant’, ‘Painterly’, ‘Surreal’ and ‘Grunge’ that let you achieve any image style – from natural to painterly.
  • After selecting the effect you can apply some adjustments to the image which include: Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Warmth, Strength, Cropping and Rotation.
  • There is a single paid adjustment, Strength, which lets you control strength of the Effects adjustments. You can get this paid adjustment for 1.99 USD.
  • Of course at any time you can compare your edited image with original photo to see what changes you made.
  • Once you finished editing, the photo can be shared with your friends via Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and Twitter or saved to iPhone memory.

Get Photomatix FX for iPhone

The app is completely free (but it also includes one purchasable adjustment, Strength, at the moment).

You can get it from iOS App Store:

22 July 2016

Photomatix OneShot

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Photomatix OneShot officially released

Photomatix OneShotJust 2 weeks ago I shared with you news about Photomatix for Linux, and today I would like to mention that another product has just joined Photomatix family.

This time it’s called Photomatix OneShot. It’s an easy to use app that lets you apply Photomatix magic to single images (so it isn’t HDR this time).

Key features are:

  • Photomatix OneShot includes stand-alone app and extension for Apple Photos app,
  • A lot of built-in presets to get you started,
  • Adjustment sliders to let you fine-tune settings to your liking,
  • Advanced denoising algorithm to reduce any noise in your source images,
  • Finishing options to improve contrast and sharpness of your image,
  • Photomatix OneShot is currently Mac only but Windows version is in the works.

The license costs just 19 USD.

If you would like to learn more about Photomatix OneShot or download free trial (it never expires but adds watermark to the saved images), visit below website:

11 July 2016

Photomatix for Linux. Photomatix coming to Linux

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Photomatix for Linux

Photomatix for Linux

A bit different post today 🙂

Just a few days ago HDRsoft, company I’m working for, released new product – Photomatix for Linux which is basically what the name says – Photomatix targeted for Linux OS.

It has many pro features, including excellent tone-mappers known from Photomatix Pro, image alignment and deghosting (automatic only), Fusion/Natural exposure fusion method and batch processing. And much more.

Currently, supported distributions include Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

There is now launch promotion that lets you buy Photomatix for Linux for just $24.50! It’s off 50% from regular price which is set at $49. The promotion is valid until 31st August.

So if you’re using Linux OS, you can get Photomatix for Linux here:

You can also download trial version (it never expires but adds watermarks to the saved photos) below:

BTW to the left of this text you can see lovely icon used by Photomatix for Linux 🙂

2 May 2016

1 Million Views on 500px!

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1 Million Views on 500px!

Million views on 500pxTime for a little break from Japan today and instead time for a bit of self-promotion 🙂

Just a few days ago I reached major milestone on one of photography websites – my photos on 500px have been viewed 1 million times!

It took me several years to achieve that (almost 5 to be exact), much longer than I expected when I was setting up my account on 500px, but here I am finally. To celebrate this milestone, today I would like to share a few, out of 400, images I uploaded to 500px through the years. It will be the first image I uploaded there, highest rated one, most voted and one with the highest view count. Apart from the last image, all of them are quite old and they are from 2011 and 2012. At that time it was much easier to score high rates on 500px as it had far less users than it has today. Nowadays there are so many great photographers there, that I’m happy if I manage to score 99.0.

BTW if you’re on 500px, you can follow my work here:

It all started with this photo uploaded on 10 September 2011. This black & white HDR photo shows Arch of Constantine in Rome:

The Arch of Constantine

This one in turn was the highest rated photo I uploaded to date with a rating of 99.8 and it shows Milky Way over Fuerteventura island. Quite frankly this one is one of my all time favorite photos:
Two Roads

This one received most votes (1123 votes in total). This photo is another one from Fuerteventura island:
Have a rest under the stars

And this one, taken in the Round Tower in Copenhagen, has been viewed most times (more than 12000):
Round Tower in Copenhagen

26 February 2016

ON1 Effects 10 Review

Posted in: review, Software|

ON1 Effects 10 Review

When I first tried ON1 Effects 10 software after some friends and my father recommended it to me (he’s amateur photographer as well) I wasn’t very impressed. It looked to me as a large collection of presets most of which were useless and not in my style. However, he was so positive about it that I decided to give this software another chance and spent more time with it and as I started to learn it, I discovered it’s a really powerful suite which is great for finishing your photos.

Introduction & Pricing

ON1 Photo 10 bundle (which includes ON1 Effects) costs $119.99 or $99.99 for the upgrade from previous version. However, you can buy ON1 Effects 10 separately for $59.99.

I went with whole suite option but this review will be solely about Effects app. I’m not that keen on other apps in the package (Browse, Resize, Enhance, Portrait and Layers) as I prefer to use Capture One, Lightroom and Photoshop for that. Don’t get me wrong – they aren’t bad but I just prefer different approach.

ON1 Effects 10 can be used both as a standalone app and as a plugin to Lightroom or Photoshop and most of the time I use the latter since I don’t use LR that often anymore for reasons described in this article.

User Interface and Editing Photos

ON1 Effects 10 GUI

ON1 Effects 10 user interface is really simple and easy to use. It’s also quite elegant with dark skin.

There is a preview image in the middle. To its left you’ll find list of presets grouped into categories (like Landscape, Architecture or Black & White) and to its right – settings panel which lets you modify settings of the selected preset or create your completely new one. Both presets and settings panels can be hidden so you can preview your image in larger size.

Each of the presets is built of one or more filters which are basically various editing tools (there are more than 20 different filters to choose from) like eg. color enhancement, local contrast, black & white conversion, blur, glow, sunshine effect, split toning, vignette. Each of these filters have a lot of settings to adjust and these settings vary from filter to filter, eg. black & white conversion filter lets you control channel mixer and add noise grain to the image. Split toning in turn lets you select colors for highlights and shadows.

What’s more, multiple filters can be used together, i.e. you can use several filters at the same time to create specific effect, eg. black & white image with strong contrast and vignette effect. As you can see in the image above I applied Tone Enhancer (to adjust details and contrast), Color Enhancer (to increase saturation), Photo Filter (to warmify the image) and Sunshine (to add a little glow around the sun) to get the look I wanted.

All this can be really overwhelming at first but fortunately there are dozens of presets to get you started and many of them will be sufficient for you for quite some time. For instance I used Magic Ocean from Landscape category for probably a dozen of images before I decided to start playing with sliders and filters. As you learn the software you might try experimenting with the settings, adding additional filters or removing existing ones from the preset to get the look you want. That’s how I learnt the software.

Apart from filters, there’s much more. There are local adjustments (gradient and adjustment brush which also supports excellent auto-mask feature), masks allowing you to limit influence of a filter to particular area, there are blending modes or ability to apply a filter just to highlights and shadows. Endless possibilities.


Honestly speaking I don’t see many issues with this software. Sure, I found a few bugs here and there while using it but most of them are not even worth mentioning (and as a developer I know that bugs are as inevitable as death and taxes).

The only bigger issue for me is that I already experienced several crashes while using the plugin. They don’t happen very often but sometimes after spending a few minutes fine-tuning the settings it was quite irritating.


Summing up, I really like ON1 Effects 10 app. It offers virtually endless possibilities of finishing your images – no matter you prefer to pick one of the built-in presets or want to create your own settings from scratch. No matter you’re into realistic processing or something more grungy.


  • A lot of built-in presets
  • A lot of different filters to modify the look of photos
  • A lot of more advanced tools like eg. layer masks, local adjustments, ability to use blending modes for filters
  • Good performance most of the time


  • Performance could be better sometimes
  • Some minor bugs
  • It’s a bit overwhelming at first