Perfect

OnOne Perfect Suite and NiK
OnOne Perfect Suite and NiK

 

I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas. I was really pleased with what Santa left under my tree. This year I got the Perfect Photo Suite by OnOne Software.

This suite consists of seven plugins for Lightroom, or for use as a standalone product. Of course the programs are available for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Aperture.

 

Perfect Photo Suite
Perfect Photo Suite

 

Perfect B&W
Perfect Portrait 2
Perfect Layers 3
Perfect Effects 4
Perfect Mask 5.2
FocalPoint 2
Perfect Resize 7.5

One nice advantage is Perfect Layers. The program allows multiple presets to be used together by placing each one on a layer as it would be done in Photoshop. The layers can also be masked, which is a powerful tool itself. In addition to brushes it has one tool called a perfect brush. It allows a defined area to be selected much easier. Perfect Effects offers some powerful presets and can really make an image come to life.

The image above is of Palmer Chapel, which is located in the Cataloochee Valley inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I started with the one below and originally ended up with the image processed using NiK’s software.  Now I’m not saying that one is better than the other. They are both different and powerful.  In fact I used both on the latest image.

Out of Camera
Out of Camera

 

I also believe that I saw the image differently this time. I like seeing the light either before or after a rain. That is when dark clouds block out part of a scene and there is this beautiful light shining in from another angle. In the top image, this type of lighting was my inspiration. By using the perfect brush I was able to mask the church and keep it very white while  adding others presets to the image.

Of course, I didn’t do anything that couldn’t be done before. It is just that I was able to be inspired as I worked through the process with the different presets.

 

NIK Processed
NIK Processed

 

 

So as this year comes to a close, I ‘m looking forward to the new year. I hope that each of you have a Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “Perfect

  1. I have been an OnOne user since version 4 i think, and I got this upgrade while attending a Kelby Training seminar in Toronto this fall. This upgrade is well worth the price IMO. The training that is available on the Onone site is a great companion to the suite and a great way to get the most out of the investment.

    Im sure you will put it good use, Phillip. Most of my images in the past has been through the suite at one point or another, and I dont see that change anytime soon.

    1. Thank you Jan! I’m sure that I will put it to good use. I really like being able to use layers with the presets. I have already enjoyed some of the videos that OnOne has available.

    1. I’m really pleased with it. The way they have it set up, you can either use layers or go directly into one of their plugins. The only thin that I would like better is to be able to go into any plugin.

  2. The transformation of the image is quite stunning. It’s almost like it’s been lit differently. I use NiK’s software quite a bit myself but have always wondered if it’s worth while getting OnOne Software, too. I guess you say yes?

    1. Thanks Otto. This was my first attempt working with this software. However, I was well pleased. It doesn’t replace the NIKS plug-in. However, it is very powerful especially with built in layering and masking. Speaking of the lighting. I was trying to play with lighting. I also replaced the washed out sky with some darker clouds to give that impression of either before or after rain.

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