Plug-in or stand­alone?

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02 Se­lec­tive edit­ing

03 Ver­sa­til­ity

04 Saved set­tings

05 Power play

No Light­room? No prob­lem. All th­ese apps in­te­grate with your Light­room work­flow, but with the ex­cep­tion of Ana­log Efex and Lens Ef­fects they’ll also go it alone. Light­room isn’t much good at let­ting you tar­get an ef­fect on a spe­cific im­age area, but some plug-ins will en­able you to brush in ef­fects and cre­ate layer masks. If you’re on a tight bud­get, some of the cheaper plug-ins can look ex­tremely tempt­ing. How­ever, spend a lit­tle ex­tra and sub­stan­tially more ver­sa­til­ity can of­ten be had. Be­fore you fid­dle with a pre­set ef­fect, make sure your plug-in has the op­tion to save a tweaked ef­fect as a ‘user’ or ‘cus­tom’ pre­set. Older ver­sions of Light­room don’t de­mand a top-notch com­puter, but mod­ern plug-ins may well be fussier, so check their min­i­mum sys­tem re­quire­ments first.

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