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Anyone familiar with the Mystical lighting software from AutoFX? I'm particularly impressed by this image: <http://www.autofx.com/mystical_lighting/mystical_lighting_files/shading_brush_lg.jpg> But can't this be done as well -before I spend my $ 300- by using the burn and dodge tools? I tried to do this before on this image <http://www.fotografieleenkoper.nl> >huwelijk >page 10, image #7. I used these tools to create sunspots; dodged them a little and painted over with just only a little yellow. Could it be done better with this software? Leen...

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    Anyone familiar with the Mystical lighting software from AutoFX?
    I'm particularly impressed by this image:

    <http://www.autofx.com/mystical_lighting/mystical_lighting_files/shading_brush_lg.jpg>

    But can't this be done as well -before I spend my $ 300- by using the burn and dodge tools?

    I tried to do this before on this image
    <http://www.fotografieleenkoper.nl> >huwelijk >page 10, image #7.
    I used these tools to create sunspots; dodged them a little and painted over with just only a little yellow.
    Could it be done better with this software?

    Leen
    Leen Koper Guest

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    Leen

    AutoFx softwares produces very nice results (I have Dreamsuite Gel Series
    and a friend of mine have Mystical Lighting). You can acheive stuff that
    would otherwise take long hours or would be nearly impossible to acheive.
    But...

    They are a p... in the b.. to use :) For example, they use "memory dots" to
    save a state. But, once you go back to a certain state, that precise memory
    dot is erased. You need to set it back. Annoying behavior. Many of their
    functionnalities use the paint tool. Now, you paint a line, wait for the
    software to apply the effect on the line, and look at result after that.
    You don't like ? Undo the line, completely. Sometimes, it's annoying
    because you'd have liked to re-do only a small portion of a long path. And
    unless you're a real master of mouse (or the pen if using a tablet), it's
    very difficult to break a path in several smaller strokes and still have a
    very straight line.

    Ray


    Ray Guest

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    Leen,

    Wise choice! If all you were interested in was the shading brush, I didn't
    see anything you couldn't do well enough with just the standard dodge and
    burn tools and a little care. Even with the shading brush, you still need
    to make the artistic decision of what to darken and lighten and how much.
    So, I don't know that it buys you much.

    The memory and meal will be a good investment.

    Bob


    RobertHJones Guest

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    Leen, I don't want to do that! It was about a year ago that such an offer
    surfaced and quickly disappeared. A few of us jumped in quickly, though.
    But it may never happen again.....


    Chuck Snyder Guest

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