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1.2 Materials You Will Need

In this lesson we’ll go over what you will need for this course. I will also show you where to download DxO OpticsPro and Pixelmator. Both offer 30-day free trials. You might prefer to use another raster editor instead, and that is fine. There are now many viable, professional options today, including Affinity Photo, Pixeluvo, GIMP, and Photoshop (including Photoshop Elements), and several capable online editors. The workflow will still work more or less the same with each program.

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1.2 Materials You Will Need

In this lesson, we'll go over what you will need for this course. I will also show you where to download DxO OpticsPro and Pixelmator, which are available online. We'll download the 30 day free trials for both of them. We're using DxO OpticsPro in this course because it's high quality and easy to use. However, you might prefer to use another raw processor instead, and that's fine. There are now many viable, professional options for the imaging pipeline and the work flow will still work more or less the same. Also, we're using Pixelmator for the roster editing stage of our image because while Photoshop is the industry standard, a new crop of alternative roster imaging editors are being created that are certainly worth exploring. So we'll do just that. To get the most out of this course, you will first need to download the class photo that we'll be using. You can find it in the Downloads section of this course. Next, you'll need to download the DxO OpticsPro software. You can head over to dxo.com and then, in the top menu, go to Photo Software and then DxO OpticsPro. From here, you can scroll down. And you can either buy DxO OpticsPro 10 or you can download a 30-day free trial. For this course, we will be downloading that free trial. So if you're on Windows, you can select the download for button for Windows. And if you're on a Mac, you can select it for Mac. And from here it allows you to download OpticsPro Elite, which is the more full version of DxO OpticsPro. And so you would download the file, and then install it on your system. You can go ahead and do that now. Next, you'll need to download the 30-day free trial of the desktop version of Pixelmator, which can be found at pixelmator.com. Once you're on their website, you can head over to Mac in the top menu, and then you can select Free Trial. From here, you would scroll down until you see the link that says Download Pixelmator Trial Now. You would click that. And just like with DxO OpticsPro, you would follow the on-screen instructions to install it on your system. You can go ahead and do that, now. Now that we have what we need, let's move onto the next lesson. We'll discuss the advantages of working in Raw, and how to do that using DxO OpticsPro and Pixelmator together. Then we'll open DxO OpticsPro and get familiar with the interface.

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