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Software Review: onOne Plug-In Suite 6 From onOne Software

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The onOne Plug-In Suite 6 is the latest bundle release of products from onOne Software. It contains seven separate products that when combined, will provide you with just about everything you need to handle even the most complex of photographic tasks.

The seven products are Perfect Effects 3 (formerly known as PhotoTools) for adding photographic effects, Perfect Portrait 1 – a new product for working with portraits, Perfect Mask 5, for masking images, Perfect Layers 2 for the ability to use layers in Lightroom, as well as the previously reviewed Perfect Resize 7 for photographic enlargements, Photo Frame 4.6 for adding frames to your images, FocalPoint 2 adding depth-of-field to your images

Perfect Photo Suite 6

With the Plug-In Suite you get the most current version of each of the seven products. For further information about FocalPoint 2, Perfect Resize 7, and Photo Frame 4.6, please refer to my prior reviews. For this review I will look at Perfect Effects 3, Perfect Mask 5 and Perfect Layers 2. Since Perfect Portrait 1 is an entirely new product, I will look at that in a separate review. To see what is required to run the onOne Plug-in Suite, please refer to the specs page for proper minimum system requirements.

One of the big new features about the Perfect Photo Suite 6 in general is that they are now integrated modules. In Perfect Photo Suite 6 you can move between applications as opposed to having to open and close each app. You can start in Perfect Portrait then go to Perfect Effects, and then finish up with Perfect Resize. Making for a one-stop editing system.

Perfect Effects 3

PhotoTools has now been rebranded as Perfect Effects 3. The purpose of this module is to give you the ability to create images with more impact. It contains a complete library of photographic effects that you can preview on to your image before being applied. You can stack your effects as well.

Perfect Effects 3 was rebuilt from the ground up and can be used as stand-alone, as a plug-in within Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, and within Adobe Lightroom, and Apple Aperture. Perfect Effects 3 gives you advanced tools and options to limit effects to specific colors or tonal range of an image.

Perfect Photo Suite 6

So what is new with Perfect Effects 3?

• Live Preview – lets you save time while still boosting your creativity. You will no longer have to wonder how an effect will look on your image before applying it. Now you can see what each effect will look like on your image in real-time.

• Manual Controls – gives you greater control over how effects are applied and combined on your image. You now have full control over every element in an effect including strength, color, tone, and texture.

• Vintage Effects – are stylized and vintage effects give your images and hip, old school look.

• Improved ability – to create and share presets as well as the inclusion of hundreds of included effects.

Perfect Mask 5

Perfect Mask 5 is the latest version of onOne’s masking software. It has now taken the core of Mask Pro and, by automating many of the common masking tasks, taken it to a new level. Using new masking technology, the selection of subjects and isolating backgrounds has been made easier.

Through the use of Automatic Background Removal, an initial mask is made on your image, and then can be refined through the use of the Erase and Refine Tools giving you the ability to create high quality masks in just a few clicks.

About T. Michael Testi

Photographer, writer, software engineer, educator, and maker of fine images.