Image Doctor 2 by Alien Skin

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Image Doctor 2
by Alien Skin
Conclusion
January 5, 2008
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Image Doctor 2
by Alien Skin
Features: Advanced restoriation, retouching, removing, and repairing of images and photos. Requires Adobe Photoshop CS2 or later, Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 or later, Photoshop Elements 5 or later (4.0.1 for Mac). A 30-day trial is also available.
Official Website: www.alienskin.com
MSRP: $199.00
Current Price: Buy From Alien Skin
Pros
  • Simple GUI
  • Fast results
  • Removes unwanted objects
  • Improved rendering speed
  • Compliments Photoshop
  • Improves nasty JPEG compression
  • Saves time
  • Image Doctor 2 removes the "Unreal" Clone Stamp effect
  • Operates on older PC systems just fine
  • Not just for amateur users, but for professionals as well
  • Multi-processor support
  • Now supports MacIntel computers
Cons
  • None observed
Observations
  • It is advised to experiment with the different settings to get the best results
Image Doctor 2 is another quality achievement from Alien Skin. I was surprised at how quickly I could remove areas unwanted from my images and have them intuitively blended into the background.

As with all Alien Skin plug-ins I've reviewed, Image Doctor 2 performed great on my older PC system. On my newer PC system, it was blazing fast and took advantage of the multi-processor support.

Of particular interest when I removed objects from the example image used in this review, is how my eyes did not notice any "unreal" areas where the object once was. If you've played around in Photoshop, you're well aware of the Clone Stamp, which allows you to sample an area, and then place it over an object, making it look like the object was never there.

However, one problem is the unreal look when the Clone Stamp is used over an area improperly, and the sampled areas are repeated too much, resulting in a much too uniform blend. Image Doctor 2 does an extremely good job at making sure you don't have unreal sampled areas which your eyes will instantly notice. Now, if you're a professional Photoshop user, this won't mean much to you because you're experience enough to reduce the unreal effect. However, most people are not, and this is where Image Doctor 2 can really benefit you.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PLUS

Big kudos to Alien Skin, but I will say, this particular filter set does require more active involvement than their other filters. In regards to removing parts of an image and blending it into the surrounding background, we all perceive the blended area differently, and this requires custom improvements. Alien Skin always provides a generous amount of customization with their plug-ins, and Image Doctor 2 is no different. I achieved some great results that I personally liked with the custom sliders.

Image Doctor 2, since it is a plug-in for Photoshop, works rather well with advanced techniques. Using layers, image editing of several unwanted objects within the image can be taken care of rather quickly. And for advanced users of Photoshop in general, Image Doctor can certainly benefit by custom filters which can be saved and later recalled.


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