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Software Review: Perfect Photo Suite 7 – Perfect Effects 4 From onOne Software

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Perfect Photo Suite 7 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 post processing tasks.

The seven products are Perfect Effects 4 (formerly known as PhotoTools) for adding photographic effects, Perfect Portrait 2 for working with portraits, Perfect Mask 5, for masking images, Perfect Layers 3 for the ability to use layers in Lightroom and Apple Aperture, Perfect Resize 7.5 for photographic enlargements, FocalPoint 2 for adding depth-of-field to your images, and new to this lineup is Perfect B&W for creating stunning black and white images.

Perfect Photo Suite 7

Also new to Perfect Photo 7 is the fact that it comes in three different editions – Standard, Lightroom and Aperture, and Premium Editions. For more information about what the differences are between these editions and the pricing, check out the comparison page at onOne’s website.

With the Perfect Photo Suite you get the most current version of each of the seven products. Two of them are the same that came with the prior version of the suite so for further information about FocalPoint 2 and Perfect Mask 5, please refer to my prior reviews. For this review I will look at Perfect Effects 4. To see what is required to run the onOne Plug-in Suite, please refer to the specs page for proper minimum system requirements.

Perfect Effects 4

The purpose of Perfect Effects 4 is to give you the ability to create images with more impact. It contains a complete library of photographic effects that you can apply to your images to transform them instantly. You can give them an HDR look, make them that vintage look, or apply looks that give them that real film style. You can preview on to your image before being applied and you can even stack your effects for more dramatic styles and endless possibilities.

Perfect Effects 4 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 4 gives you a whole set of advanced tools and options to limit effects to specific colors or tonal range of an image. You can recreate the look of film, add borders, and correct many photographic problems.

So what is new with Perfect Effects 4?

• Browser and Keyword search – now gives you the ability to quickly find the effects that you want to use inside the updated browser. You can use the expandable column views to preview how the effect will look on your image.

• Favorites – will save you time and effort by letting you keep your favorite effects, presets, and extras close at hand. You simply mark the effects that you like as being a favorite, and then you can filter to show you only the ones you like.

• Paint-in Effect Brushes – lets you, through simple brush strokes, paint-in effect onto certain areas of your image. This will let you solve common photographic problems quickly and easily. You can make areas darker or lighter, bring out detail, add warmth, and many other effects.

Perfect Photo Suite 7

• Masking Tools – gives you the ability to selectively apply effects from the library just by using the Masking Brush to either apply or remove the effect from specific areas of the image as well as using the masking bug to create vignettes and graduated filter looks.

• Perfect Brush – can be turned on when using the Paint-in Effect Basic Brushes or the Masking Brush. It will give you the ability to achieve precise edge-detected masking with the new Perfect Brush and it will allow you to smoothly apply or remove adjustments to the specific area that you are working on without going outside the area that you are restricting yourself to. This means that if you want to bring out the impact in the eyes, you can better isolate your efforts without impacting the skin around the eyes.

About T. Michael Testi

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