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LucisArt classic plug-in discontinuation: heads-up

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Old 04-13-2008, 04:51 AM
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Exclamation LucisArt classic plug-in discontinuation: heads-up

After several years of availability, the current version of the popular LucisArt plug-in will cease to be available as of May 8. It will be replaced later in the summer with the new advanced LucisArt Pro plug-in, aimed at professional photographers.

See this page for details.
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Old 04-13-2008, 08:36 AM
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Re: LucisArt classic plug-in discontinuation: head

$595 for a PS plug-in? They must be kidding!
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Old 04-13-2008, 09:07 AM
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Re: LucisArt classic plug-in discontinuation: head

I've asked the question a few times and never got an answer...has anyone tried the current pro version? If so, what comparision can you make, if any, to the less expensive plug in? Will the new pro version do anything different compared to the currentl pro version or even current plug in version. Please..who ever is the first to buy the $595 plug in please show me your $595 results...
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Old 04-13-2008, 01:14 PM
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Of course that is the first question to ask! I have discussed this pricing with the developer and her experience with working pros (wedding and portrait photographers) indicates that the unique LucisArt-type effects set them apart from what home users and other competitors are able to do, and as such the purchase price is worth it to them.

Real-life examples I was given include studios boosting print sales immediately after incorporating LucisArt into their workflow, in which case the purchase price becomes negligible. Again, this new version, with better specs than the current (16-bit support, etc.) is not targeted at the home user but is very attractive to the working pro.

skydog, check the link below for the technical details. For both Windows and Mac users there are advantages, but especially to Mac users (for starters, LucisArt Pro will be Intel-native, unlike LucisArt classic).

Clients and customers want something besides straight, unprocessed shots (consider the current goo-ga over the "Dave Hill effect", for which LucisArt seems to be the next best thing besides the actual technique he uses. And this is but one of thousands of effects you can create with a flick of the sliders).

Studios can spend hours creating popular post-shoot portrait effects with Painter (and some do), but this is not time-effective for most. LucisArt can create its effects almost immediately, and of course can be combined with other techniques for even more customized results.

As time goes by I'll be posting some examples created with the new version of LucisArt Pro on the Plugs 'N Pixels website.

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Old 04-13-2008, 02:21 PM
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Re: LucisArt classic plug-in discontinuation: head

$595 is a lot to pay for something that is turning out to be an overused fad...
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Old 04-13-2008, 03:28 PM
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Re: LucisArt classic plug-in discontinuation: head

"set them apart from what home users and other competitors are able to do" - yeah sets them apart alright
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Cool Re: LucisArt classic plug-in discontinuation: head

I personally haven't engaged in the Dave Hill frenzy but there seem to be a lot of members here who have an interest in it, judging by the huge thread here ;-).

But that particular effect is but one blip along the LucisArt continuum, so if it's not your style, no problem, keep the sliders moving.

Here's a quick portrait-type example of the extreme range of LucisArt, from "Dave Hill gone wrong" to something much softer (unretouched original at top). Moving from one effect to the next takes seconds.

Next, a before-and-after LucisArt Pro shot from the Luxor in Vegas (simple single-channel processing, followed by a shot from the Kimberly-Clark mansion in Redlands, CA (original, single and exaggerated color three-channel processing).

These examples were done with the pre-release core of LucisArt Pro (Windows version, running under Parallels on a MacBook). When we get closer to the actual release, I'll post an unretouched image followed by the LucisArt Pro effect version, and we can have a fun challenge to see who can duplicate the LucisArt effect in Photoshop or with other non-Lucis methods.
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Old 04-14-2008, 09:00 AM
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Re: LucisArt classic plug-in discontinuation: head

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When we get closer to the actual release, I'll post an unretouched image followed by the LucisArt Pro effect version, and we can have a fun challenge to see who can duplicate the LucisArt effect in Photoshop or with other non-Lucis methods.
Heh.

Where will this challenge be posted? In a sub-forum here?
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Re: LucisArt classic plug-in discontinuation: head

Probably on this same thread.
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Re: LucisArt classic plug-in discontinuation: head

For those of you who are NAPP members there is an 8-page "Dave Hill" thread over there too, FWIW!
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