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.
PERFECT PORTRAIT 1
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.
PERFECT LAYERS 2
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.
Choose from a library of more than 1,000 film edges, borders, textures and backgrounds to put the finishing touches on an image.
There are tons of presets, and a search tool lets you type in key words for finding the style you’re looking for.
You can stack multiple effects together and edit them in separate layers to create a custom look. You also can control opacity, color, blur and other elements.
PERFECT MASK 5
An image is automatically broken down into segments and analyzed, which makes it easier to create high-quality masks on complex backgrounds and with difficult subjects like hair. The program automatically starts removing the original background for the new one.
Simply brush over the general areas of the background you want removed, and the program creates an initial mask that can be refined with touch-up tools. Perfect Mask does this by analyzing the selections you make, based on the colors in each stroke. When it finds a solid background, it’s automatically removed. To get rid of backgrounds in tighter areas, switch to the Refine Brush.
A new library of skies, sunsets, walls and muslin backgrounds is available.
PERFECT RESIZE 7
Using patented, fractal-based interpolation algorithms, the Perfect Resize program can enlarge images to more than 1,000% of their original size without losing sharpness or detail.
Controls for adjusting the size, texture and sharpness, and adding film grain allow you to fine-tune the results. With more than 60 built-in document-sized presets, you can quickly crop and resize your image in one step.
Tiling and gallery-wrap options also are available. The Tiling function divides an enlarged image into smaller pieces for printing on a standard-sized printer. The Gallery Wrap feature creates extended margins so that detail isn’t lost around the edges.
PERFECT EFFECTS 3
The effects library sits at the bottom of the screen, and hovering over an effect shows you a preview of how your image will look. With live previews, you can now see how each effect looks on your image in real time. This kind of functionality saves time because you no longer have to apply the effect to see if you like it. Whenever you add an effect, the library refreshes and gives the most up-to-date version.
Effects can be stacked in limitless combinations, and you can manually control strength, color, tone, texture and every other aspect of how an effect looks on your image. Once you have the look that you want, you can save it as a preset.
On the left-hand side of the screen, the MaskingBrush lets you paint in an effect or prevent an area from being affected, and the MaskingBug controls how that effect is positioned for creating vignettes or graduated looks. Blending options deliver even more control over how effects are combined and applied.