The Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 is the latest bundle release of products from onOne Software. It contains seven separate products, that when combined, provide just about everything you need to handle even some of your most complex photographic chores.
The seven products are PhotoTools 2.6 for photographic effects, PhotoFrame 4.6 for adding that finishing touch to your photos, as well as the previously reviewed Perfect Resize 7 for photographic enlargements, Mask Pro 4.1 for masking images, FocalPoint 2 adding depth-of-field to your images, and PhotoTune 3 for professional color correction. The seventh product is Perfect Layers, which will be available in early 2011.
With the Perfect Photo Suite you get the latest version of each of the six products. For further information about FocalPoint 2, and PhotoTune 3, Perfect Resize 7, and Mask Pro 4.1, please refer to my prior reviews. For the other two, PhotoTools 2.6, PhotoFrame 4.6, these are intermediate upgrades and so I will highlight what has been updated to date. To see what is required to run the onOne Perfect Photo Suite, please refer to the specs page for proper minimum system requirements.
PhotoTools gives you hundreds of professional-grade effects to enhance your photos. These are effects that have been created by professional photographers and hall-of-fame Photoshop users. PhotoTools is an automation plug-in. That is, it is a program that installs within Photoshop and can only be used with Photoshop installed. It automates the processing of actions that would normally take several steps to complete.
You can then stack multiple effects on top of each other. You can also control the order of each effect and how they blend together for a truly unique look. You can even save your effect stacks for future use and share them with friends who have PhotoTools, or access them inside of Aperture and Lightroom to speed-up your workflow.
So what is new with PhotoTools 2.6?
• HDR Enhancer category with Brian Matiash's favorite effects for enhancing HDR images. A category is a group of effects that are meant to be used for a similar purpose – in this case, for the enhancement of an image to take on a more High Dynamic Range (HDR) look to bring out the most in color and light range from your images. Normally HDR takes several shots to be blended to create the look, but with these effects you can get an HDR look from a single image.