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 Portrait 2
Perfect Layers 3
Perfect Effects 4
Perfect Mask 5.2
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.
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.
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!