Back in February of 2012 we wrote a review of OnOne’s Perfect Photo Suite 6. Over the past couple of months we’ve been able to put the next version of Photo Suite to the test and I can say that it is not just a numerical update. Photo Suite 7 (or 7.5 which we now have) is the perfect accompaniment to Lightroom, Aperture and even Photoshop. Perfect Photo Suite 7 is a suite of plugins that can run as either a standalone piece of software or individual plugins.
What’s in the box
- Perfect B&W
- Perfect Portrait 2
- Perfect Layers 3
- Perfect Effects 4
- Perfect Resize 7.5
- Perfect Mask 5
- Focal Point 2
Those of you with Photo Suite 6 would notice that PhotoFrame doesn’t make an appearance, but I’m sure you’ll survive.
The reason this piece of software is perfect for Lightroom and Aperture users is that Perfect Layers 3 gives you the power of Photoshop layers, couple that with Perfect Mask and you can cut people out of the background or whatever else you might want to do. All of this at a fraction of the cost even with the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.
For all the black and white photographers out there Perfect B&W makes it extremely simple to get those dramatic, elegant and classic black and white conversions. More importantly it makes it easy to customise the final out by giving you complete creative control.
Perfect Portrait 2
This has by far had the greatest improvement over the first version. It’s a lot faster and the results are much more pleasing. You’ll also find the automated detection is also more accurate. Perfect Portrait 2 allows you to smooth skin, remove blemishes, brighten eyes/teeth and correct skin colour. Like with most things you might need to dial it down a little but you can get some great results.
Perfect Layers 3
If you are just using Lightroom or Aperture for your post processing this plugin is the one reason to get Photo Suite 7. It gives you the ability to create and edit multi-layered files just like Photoshop. It has everything you need including blending modes and a cool new edge-detecting brush.
Perfect Effects 4
Probably my most used plugin of the set. There is film and darkroom techniques, retro looks, vignettes and colour correction presets just to name a few. I just want to point out it’s not gimmicky like other effect plugins. These plugins are customisable and you can layer and blend them to create your own style.
Perfect Resize 7.5
This came up on RAW Live last week. Perfect Resize is the industry standard for image re-sizing. The new 7.5 version increases image size faster than before and without loss of sharpness or detail. It also has a lot more built-in output presets and a brand new user interface to make it easier for you.
Perfect Mask 5
Even a Photoshop user like myself can appreciate Perfect Mask. It makes it really easy to create complex masks, especially for things like wispy hair. The redesigned user interface makes the whole process a lot easier to work through. I won’t lie there is a bit of a learning curve to getting it right but once you work it out you’ll be switching backgrounds and masking away like there is no tomorrow.
Have you ever wanted to shoot with a Canon 85mm f/1.2, Canon 50mm f/1.2 or even a tilt shift lens. Say hello to FocalPoint 2. If you couple this with Perfect Mask 5 you’ll be creating super creamy bokehlicious backgrounds in no time at all. Focal Point has plenty of lens presets that you can use and then you can go in a customise them to get the desired effect. It has its specific uses however I’m sure you’ll find yourself a use for it. Get advanced and draw your viewer’s eye to the subject with some creative depth-of-field.
Conclusion and some images
OnOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 7 is a must have for any photographer. If you have Lightroom or Aperture you’ll love the more advanced post processing you can do, if you have Photoshop trust me it makes life so much easier. My only problem with Photo Suite 7 is that when you install it you can’t choose a location. For someone like myself, I have multiple hard drives to keeps things running smooth but unfortunately Photo Suite 7 installs into the default location which happens to be the SSD my OS is on. It’s not a problem however I would have liked to be able to change the installation directory.
At $199 Photo Suite 7 is an awesome package to get. It will keep you going for a long time and you’ll keep finding new creative ways of using the suite. Head to the OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 7 to download your 30 day free trial.