I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with the beta version of the upcoming onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 8 (you can download the public beta HERE for a limited time). The final product will be shipping soon, I can’t wait! I really love onOne’s products, and I’m excited for this one to be released. :)
I use the PPS8 (and all other previous versions) out of Lightroom, which means I will do a quick process to my image in Lightroom’s Develop module and then push the photo into the Perfect Photo Suite to stylize and do further edits. The photo above shows the transition of how I processed this photo using that method. I started with the image straight-out-of-camera (SOOC), made some basic changes in Lightroom 5, and then pushed it over to onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 8 (Beta) to do the rest. The thing I love about the Perfect Photo Suite is that while it has a lot of automation, it doesn’t remove my ability to stylize the photo so that it fits with my vision and taste. Adjustments can be made subtly, filters can be altered, effects can be added manually, etc. It’s not a one-click-wonder, but instead is a simple way to help create beautifully processed photographs.
IMHO, onOne Software is a great choice for those of you who don’t want to jump into Photoshop (or use their new cloud subscription model). You can use layers and masking, make localized adjustments, and so so so much more. It comes as a plugins (Lightroom, Aperture or Photoshop), as well as standalone (so you don’t even need any other software to make it work). I know this stuff … I even wrote a book about it! :) (Which, btw, will not be updated with the new Suite … however I will be creating an eBook very similar to my recent Landscape Photography eBook, so stay tuned!)
If you are interested in learning more about onOne Software’s products, here’s a link to check them out: http://ononesoftware.com