I’ve actually been playing around with Photosuite 6 for awhile now. I wanted to try out as much as I could in real world situations, so where possible i’be been using it to edit photos from proper shoots that we’ve worked on over the past few months.
If your a Lightroom or Aperture user and you read my review of Perfect Layers then this will give you a whole new bag of tricks to play with.
OnOne Photosuite 6 includes:
- Perfect Portrait 1
- Perfect Layers 2
- Perfect Effects 3
- Perfect Mask 5
- Perfect Resize 7
- FocalPoint 2
- PhotoFrame 4.6
So as you can see there is a lot there. Probably the most interesting for Lightroom and Aperture users who don’t have Photoshop or an equivalent would be Perfect Layers and Perfect Mask. Perfect layers works the same as the stand alone version but you can now tie it in with the power of Perfect Mask. This piece of software makes it easy to to cut people out of the background. In some cases it work’s almost instantly in other cases you will need to spend a little more time fine tuning the mask. All in all though it provides all the tools you require to do some great composite work.
Perfect Effects, is a pretty cool little effect pack, with a bit of blending you can give your photos that something extra. The effect range from black and whites , through to landscape effects like golden hour enhancer which surprisingly works very well. The movie effects tab is pretty cool, it features the processing effects of many movies such as Lord of the Rings etc… Again this is a great effects package to play around with.
Perfect Portrait, is obviously the newest addition to the OnOne lineup. Although it’s still new and somewhat basic it actually does a great job of smoothing out the skin, and enhancing the eyes and mouth. I hadn’t had any success using this part of Photo Suite 6 until I watched a few of the tutorial videos and had a play around. Although simple it is surprisingly useful. It works very hard to allow you to bring back texture in the skin (if you want) so your portraits done’t end up with that plastic look.
Before I move onto the others, I want to mention the OnOne University. It’s great, it’s probably the best tutorial implementation I’ve come across in a long time. It’s a series of videos, which are categorised by product name. It shows you all the features of each part of Photo Suite 6 and how to use them. Video is probably the best form of tutorial so take note other software companies. The days of putting a searchable manual is over, we want video.
The last three I haven’t really played with to much extent. Simply because playing with the previously mentioned are just to much fun.
My next challenge is to play around with FocalPoint 2. For some reason in the Photo Suite interface it’s called “Blur”. It allows you to select your focus, throwing backgrounds out of focus. Not new I know and many of you are saying you could do that with just a simple blur in photoshop, that is true however FocalPoint has lens presets. So you can get the blur of a Canon 85mm f/1.2 at f1.2. Now thats cool. There are lots of lenses from both Canon and Nikon and if any of those don’t suite you can create a custom one. Of course you have the usual amount of custom settings so you can tweak each lens to be just right. As I’m writing this I’m wanting to go and try it.
PerfectResize is the industry standard for blowing up your work. Not the terrorist way of blowing things up but more the enlarging way. So if you have an old photo taken on an old digital camera you could enlarge it so you could print it at a larger size. Of course this is the same with modern cameras. You would be able to enlarge the size of the photo to print out a huge advertisement for instance.
Finally PhotoFrame. The name kind of gives it away, there are many frames you can choose from and it makes it easy to add it to your photo when your done. There are lots to choose from and you have some customisation options so you can get it just right.
This composite was also edited using Tiffen DFX v3.0
As you can see I’ve been able to create some great composites using Photo Suite 6. What I haven’t shown you is some of the other photos I’ve used it on like landscapes for instance. From what I’ve shown you today this will enhance your Aperture/Lightroom productivity but it will also make it so much easier for those using photoshop. The tools in this editing suite are perfect for the modern day photographer, pro or amateur.
Learn more about Perfect Photo Suite 6 on the OnOne website.