ON1 Photo 10 has steadily evolved from a suite of effects plug-ins into a serious all-in-one image browsing, editing and effects tool. But is it ready yet to rival Photoshop, Lightroom or any of the other big players? Well that depends on what you’re looking for, how you like to work and how much you’re prepared to adapt. I give it a cautious 4 stars. What’s new in ON1 Photo … [Read more...] about ON1 Photo 10.5 review
If you downloaded ON1 Effects 10 Free you'll have got an email offering you some free landscape presets. So here's how to install these presets, and it's useful for installing presets generally with the full ON1 Photo 10 product too. 01 Download and unzip First, you need to download the presets and these will arrive as a zip file which you'll need to uncompress. This … [Read more...] about How to install ON1 effects presets
This isn't actually new since On1 announced this offer in February 2016, but I've been meaning to post it for a while and the offer is still current – On1 Software is offering a free, cut-down version of On1 Effects, a core component of its latest On1 Photo suite. On1 Effects Free comes with 10 different filters out of the total of 25 included with the full package. They … [Read more...] about Get On1 Effects 10 Free
It's easy to get shallow depth of field with a camera. You just need a camera with a large sensor, and a lens with a large maximum aperture and the laws of physics do the rest. But adding depth of field digitally is trickier, so let's see if a filter designed specifically to do this job can produce genuinely realistic results. The new Lens Blur filter in Perfect Effects 8 … [Read more...] about 3 ways to add digital depth of field with the Perfect Effects 8 Lens Blur filter
Adobe's content-aware technology, as found in Photoshop and Elements, has a rival. Perfect Photo Suite 8 now has a Perfect Eraser tool in its Perfect Layers module. It works just like its Adobe equivalent – you paint over the object you want to remove and it magically vanishes, replaced by surrounding details and textures. Adobe's version is pretty fickle. On the right sort … [Read more...] about What’s missing from this picture? Actually, it’s seven things, all removed with the Perfect Layers 8 Perfect Eraser…
Aperture and Lightroom fans will need an external image-editor for more advanced image enhancement and manipulation – particularly if it involves combining multiple images as layers. But your external editor doesn't have to be Photoshop, or even Elements. Perfect Photo Suite 8, just out, has a new version of its Perfect Layers plug-in which makes it even easier to created … [Read more...] about Who needs Photoshop when you can use Perfect Layers 8 with Aperture and Lightroom?
OnOne Software has worked hard to promote its new Perfect Photo Suite 8 product, and it's finally been launched officially. You can take a look for yourself at the OnOne website, and download a 30-day trial while you're there – click the 'Try now' link at the top of the page. I'm going to take a look at all the new features in forthcoming posts, but I thought I'd kick … [Read more...] about Perfect Photo Suite 8 and its new Enhance filter
If you use Aperture or Lightroom, it's so easy to export pictures at specific sizes for web use or emailing that you probably don't give the settings a second thought. But in order to reduce your pictures to the required size, your software has to carry out a resampling process that can leave fine details softer than they need to be. That's why you need to be aware of any … [Read more...] about Do you sharpen on export? It makes more difference than you might think!
Focal Point 2 is part of OnOne Perfect Photo Suite. It's designed to replicate the shallow depth of field effects associated with wide lens apertures and the changing focus planes of tilt shift lenses, using one or more 'Focus Bugs' and manual 'focus painting' brush tools. More than that, though, it's designed to help you emphasis your picture's focal point – hence the name. … [Read more...] about How to combine Focal Point Focus Bugs and Vignettes
OnOne Software's Perfect Effects is just like Nik (Google) Color Efex Pro, offering a range of different filter effects from a single interface. Where Color Efex Pro lets you 'stack' filter effects, Perfect Effects lets you do even more, with a Photoshop-style system of layers, complete with different blend modes. This means you can combine Perfect Effects frames and blend … [Read more...] about How to combine Perfect Effects frames and blend modes