I’ve been a big On One fan since I discovered Version 4, with Perfect Frames about five or six years ago. They have just released what is probably their biggest update ever. They have created a software package which remains fully integrated with LR and Photoshop, but for the first time, can run in a standalone mode.
The interface is very clean. They have their own Browser and then seven modules are at the top of the screen; Browse, Layers, Enhance, Portrait, Effects, B&W, Mask, and Resize. On One provides a lot of tutorial videos which help learn what each of them can do.
I’m going to spend a few blogs talking about some of their features.
The overall menu is common among each module. On the left side of each screen are the On One Presets. In the top left corner of the image window are the adjustment tools specific for that module. Over on the right side are the control panels. The layout is a lot like PS or LR in that regard.
The Browse module does just what you would expect. It allows you to find your images. Of course if you open a file directly from the application, then Lightroom will not automatically keep track of it.
I am not a huge fan of their Layers module. It was introduced as a way to add a layer like workflow to Lightroom, just like Photoshop. In my view, if you need layers, you probably ought to be working in Photoshop anyway.
The Enhance module provides the basic editing and adjusting tools you need for most images. Basic brightness, temperature and features like color temperature can be fixed.
The last module I will cover today, is one I’ve used sparingly on some of my people pictures—the Portrait module. The Portrait module starts out by identifying the faces in your image. It then automatically identifies the eyes and mouth. You adjust the corner points to match the lips and teeth for the mouth, and the shape of the eyes.
You can then select presets based upon the age and gender of your subject as well as the effect you are trying to accomplish. Yes, if you like, you can make your subjects look ironed and plastic, just like the magazine photos. You get to adjust the intensity of the effects and can tone down the plasticity. One thing to watch is the overwhitening of the eyes and teeth. Their standard levels are a bit creepy for me.
If you open the application from within Photoshop, it creates a separate layer. I think that is better, as you can adjust the opacity of each layer and let some of the natural features come through.
So far, in the first 3 editing modules, the Portrait tools have shown themselves to be useful. In next weeks blog I will talk about the remaining 4 modules. They have most of the really cool features and can really help improve your images.