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6 of the best Light­room add-ons re­viewed

Whether you’re edit­ing, or­gan­is­ing or sim­ply view­ing images, Adobe Light­room is a ter­rific tool for the job. How­ever, even Light­room can’t do ev­ery­thing. Thank­fully there’s a vast num­ber of plug-ins that can fill in any gaps. From tun­ing out im­age noise to in­creas­ing dy­namic range, you’ll find a plethora of plug-ins that’ll work won­ders.

Ar­guably the best value comes from plug-ins that have be­come full-on im­age edit­ing pro­grams in their own right. You might won­der why any­one would buy a plug-in that tries to out-do its par­ent pro­gram. Well, although Light­room has plenty of generic pre­set ef­fects for jazzing up flat images, you can add in­creased flair by sup­ple­ment­ing them with more ex­otic fil­ters. They’ll let you repli­cate ana­logue film looks, add glows, blurs or tex­tures, and fin­ish off with a frame. Sure, with enough time some ef­fects could be re­pro­duced in Light­room alone, but it’s the range of in­stant fil­ters, ex­ten­sive cus­tomi­sa­tion and even the abil­ity to se­lec­tively edit spe­cific im­age ar­eas that make a good plug-in a great way to com­ple­ment Light­room.

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