Tuesday, November 8, 2011
onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite
The software bundle puts a variety of photographic tools and tricks in one place
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Whether you're touching up a portrait, working with layers, resizing or adding special effects, onOne Software's Perfect Photo Suite 6 has you covered. The bundle includes seven applications: Perfect Effects 3 for adding more than 300 effects; Perfect Portrait 1 for retouching portraits; Perfect Layers 2 for creating layered files outside of Photoshop; Perfect Mask 5 for isolating backgrounds; Perfect Resize 7 for enlarging images; PhotoFrame 4 for adding borders and edges; and FocalPoint 2 for creating realistic selective-focus effects.
An integrated file browser allows you to work on any image, and the Module Selector, at the top right-hand corner of the screen, sends a file to all seven programs.
Using the Selector, you can quickly jump from one program to the next with just a click. The program is now available as a standalone application so it can be used directly within Lightroom and Aperture, as well as a plug-in for Photoshop. List Price: $299 (full); $149 (upgrade). Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
• The FocusBug at the top of the control pane on the right-hand side of the screen is how you create blur. It controls the sweet spot, or the portion that stays in focus, while the outside area blurs. You can use multiple bugs to create many areas of focus or complex depth-of-field looks. Combining them creates multifaceted shapes or highlights multiple subjects.
• The revised blur algorithm replicates the physical properties of a lens. Combined with easy-to-use presets, you can simulate blur typically achieved with fast lenses. The result is an authentic out-of-focus look with aperture-shaped highlights that look like they were captured in camera.
• Using the FocusBrush, you can paint focus or blur on any part of the image, giving you more control over the focal point.
• When an image is launched in Perfect Portrait, the face-recognition engine automatically analyzes it to find one or multiple faces. Each face is examined as a separate layer for applying targeted adjustments to the eyes, skin and mouth.
• Among the tools on the left side of the screen is the Retouch Brush for removing blemishes and other skin imperfections. The Automatic Feature Detection button locates the eyes and mouth right away for quickly whitening teeth or enhancing the sharpness and color of eyes. There's also a preview pane for side-by-side views of the before and after versions.
• Over on the right side are sliders for retouching the overall look and tone of skin, as well as facial features. By changing the brush size, feather and opacity, you have full manual control over every detail. The Skin Retouching panel allows you to smoothen while retaining a natural-looking pore structure. You can quickly remove blemishes and improve texture. SkinTune Color Correction technology adjusts color based on the natural skin color and ethnicity of each face. You also can dial in how much impact you want the eyes and mouth to have by boosting whiteness and color or the vibrancy of lips.
• The file browser at the bottom of the screen lets you quickly select the images that you want to mask together. Once selected, Perfect Layers then blends them into a single image. To add another layer, just select the file you want from the image editor.
• A row of tools on the left-hand side of the screen takes care of a number of tasks, including moving, cropping, resizing, rotating and trimming individual layers. The cropping tool now lets you crop all layers at once. The Retouch Brush removes dust spots, blemishes and many other unwanted distractions. There's also a preview pane for viewing before and after versions side by side. The MaskingBrush and MaskingBug, which control how much of each layer is visible, also are found here.
• On the right-hand side, you can see how all of the layers are stacked. Size, positioning and opacity all can be adjusted. The blending mode's drop-down box allows you to lighten, darken, add soft or hard light, change color and create other stylized effects. The masking-effects controls are below that, and let you make localized adjustments. You can paint with the MaskingBrush to show or hide areas of a layer. The MaskingBug creates gradient masks for making vignettes and gradual filter effects.
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