My 10 Favorite Filters in onOne’s Perfect Effects 9

By | 2016-12-18T17:00:50+00:00 December 18th, 2014|3 Comments

One of the things I love about Perfect Effects inside of the new onOne Perfect Photo Suite 9 is the ability to stack more than one filter, blend them together, and ultimately create my very own unique combination of effects. Their new slogan says it all: Your Photo. Your Look. And it couldn’t be more true. This software gives each of use the ability to completely customize the processing from start to finish.

Because I’ve been using onOne’s products for several years, I have found myself gravitating to some of the same filters over and over. So I thought, why not share them here! This list consists of my top-ten favorite filters in onOne Software’s Perfect Effects 9:

Color Enhancer: Fall Enhancer


Whether it’s a photo of autumn leaves, a standard landscape image with some warm tones, or a completely different photograph altogether, the Fall Enhancer filter can really make the reddish-orange colors pop. The filter can be pretty intense, depending on the photograph, so I oftentimes find myself reducing the Layer Opacity slightly to balance the effect.

Color Enhancer: Green Enhancer


If you have any greens in your image, this is an excellent filter to use. Just like with the Fall Enhancer filter, the Green Enhancer can be strong. You may want to bring the Layer Opacity down slightly to make your greens look realistic, especially in a landscape photo with a LOT of greenery. For some instances, like with this photo of a bunch of carrots, you won’t need any adjusting at all.

Color Enhancer: Sky Enhancer


The Sky Enhancer filter is great for any photo with blue sky that needs a little bit of a boost. It brings out the blues in your photo, so it works on other types of images, too.

Color Enhancer: Warmer


Sometimes a photo just needs a little bit of warmth. This is a great go-to filter to add a beautiful warming effect to any photograph.

Dynamic Contrast: Natural


I oftentimes like to add some “crispness” to my images, and the Natural filter in the Dynamic Contrast folder is one of my all-time favorites. It adds crispness without making things look “crunchy”.

Lens Blur: Tilt Shift


When I want to add blur to the background of my scene, typically with landscape images, then I use the Tilt Shift filter. It adds a gradient blur that can be adjusted, and you can even mask out parts of the scene using the brand-new integrated masking tools.

Sharpening: Amazing Detail Finder


This filter really is amazing at finding and sharpening just the details in a photo. It is great for image with a blurry background, since it will only sharpen what is already in-focus, and leave the rest of the blur untouched.

Sunshine: Radiance


The Sunshine filters in general are all fun to play with. They add a light, contrasty, and sometimes warm or glowing effect. My particular favorite is the Radiance filter, which adds a nice warm brightness and subtle contrast to my images.

Tone Enhancer: Auto Contrast


Auto Contrast is a good filter to start with, and can really make a photo go from “blah” to “beautiful”.

Tone Enhancer: Tonal Contrast


Last, but definitely not least, is Tonal Contrast. This filter is a wonderful “finishing touches” effect that pulls out the details, adds a touch of sharpening, and intensifies the contrast.

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About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. Holly Etheridge January 2, 2015 at 10:45 am - Reply

    How can I get this set of your favorite filters?

  2. Donna February 27, 2015 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Thanks Nicole, there are quite a few on your list here that I hadn’t yet discovered. With all the different filter effects, it can be hard to decide where to start. I’m working on a selection of photos for a group exhibition, and now I’m going to try the ones you mention that I’ve not yet experimented with. Fun!

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