Saal-digital.nl provided me the kind opportunity to test one of their wall decors and gave me a voucher to redeem for a product of my own choice.
After downloading the Saal software, which was a simple and quick process, it took me some time to choose between prints as Saal offers a variety : Alu-Dibond, Acrylglas, Alu-Dibond Butlerfinish, Hardschuimplaat, GalleryPrint and FotoCanvas. www.saal-digital.nl/wanddecoratie
I decided on a GalleryPrint, size 30×40, glossy finish, without wall mount. The ordering went well. Payment gateways are PayPal and Creditcard. The populair Dutch iDEAL is not supported. (I hope this service can be added.)
The Saal Production, Delivery time and their Packaging is good. The print colours match my photo : excellent.
However I am less content with the sticker and print surface finish. They do not score well. I was not able to remove the sticker from the print (in the left corner below) without leaving scratches on the surface. And when examining the print close to the window, I noticed other imperfections on the surface and even few scratches on top not caused by me. Some sort of wax or glue spots and air bubbles under the coating?? Maybe the glossy finish is too sensitive… Although the imperfections are not visible when viewing at a distance, this print/finishing surface quality did not meet my expectations.
Yet I trust to find another print quality at Saal that does suit me. I am happy with their customer support and the service to professionals. www.saal-digital.nl/service/professionals/ including icc profiles.
p.s. the Saal-Digital Photobook that I recently ordered is of high quality. I can recommend it!
Update : 2018. I stopped using this software. My style is doing retouch manually and using my own built photoshop actions (aligned with my own workflow and very subtle on details).
Recently Sleeklens contacted me and kindly offered me the opportunity to work with their software. Sleeklens sells Lightroom and Photoshop workflows to photographers that want to cut down photo editing time. As their Photoshop actions are ‘not only custom-built but also of high quality for guaranteed efficiency’, Sleeklens got my interest.
Up until now I had around 20 Photoshop actions that I use for portraiture. Half of them I recorded myself. So far my actions were not about adjusting colors and tones (like applying a Filter effect), they were about ‘automated’ repetitive and lenghty workflow steps. For coloring and toning I sometimes used the NIK collection. Because I give full attention to all my selective images and never ‘batch automate’ the editing, I was doubtful if I could benefit and realise efficiency gains with the new Photoshop action bundle.
Portrait Perfection Collection ‘The Sleeklens bundle contains 56 Photoshop portrait brushes and actions that will help you adjust tones, colors and improve the overall appearance of your images turning them into amazing masterpieces. Apply soft, velvety looks and feels to your portraits, while giving them a professional finish’.
Although I had doubts, I did find some gem Portrait Retouch actions, that are in line with my style and vision. I started working with them and find that they speed up my fine retouching editing. So far I am very happy with :
Up until now I have been quite a minimalist with filter effects. Also I have not done any serious ‘digital recipe cooking’. But I am keen to explore and learn. So, mange tak Sleeklens for the opportunity to explore and build upon your portrait recipe collection. Maybe I can come up with my own flavoured recipe lists. (However I doubt that my digital recipes will ever outnumber my slow cooking and oven recipes…).
I am convinced that many portrait photographers can benefit from the Sleeklens software and find for instance good use in ‘Temperature’, ‘Color correction’ and ‘Light Glow’ actions. Creative and seasoned Photoshop/Lightroom and Filter users will undoubtedly be efficient and great in mixing actions and make many interesting own ‘recipes’ and tasteful portraits. Hence I can recommend my/their
‘Portrait Perfection Bundle’
Check out the Sleeklens website and this video for more information and examples :