TESTING 1-2-3

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This Christmas cactus was too dark, too grainy, very crooked and distorted. In a single operation, I straightened, skewed, cropped and de-noised it. Surprise!

I finally made the decision to buy onOne’s Perfect Enhance 9 module. I had already decided against buying the full suite. Too many of the tools in it were ones I’d rarely or never use, or duplicated tools I had in other software.

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This picture was not only out of focus, but so crooked I did not expect to salvage it.

The enhance module has a bunch of features I can and will use, and they may help me rescue borderline pictures which are too grainy or too soft. The sharpening and noise reduction functions in this software are exceptional.

Cleaned up, with the tones more even. And, of course, straightened.

Cleaned up, de-noised, and straightened.

Another feature I didn’t expect but am enjoying is the multi-faceted crop function. It lets me straighten, skew, and crop in a single operation.

Adjustments were made on just about everything, from brightness, to contrast. It has been straightened and sharpened.

Adjustments were made on just about everything, including exposure, saturation, and contrast. It was straightened and sharpened.

As far as I can tell, it is not well-integrated with the Windows Photoshop CS-6. All the onOne tutorials use a Mac version which has different menus from my version. I’m not sure what version of Photoshop they are demonstrating, but I have not (yet) been able to integrate this module as a Photoshop plug-in. It remains essentially a standalone application which uses some Photoshop features and formats. I like it anyway.



Categories: Animals, Autumn, birds, Blackstone Valley, Nature, Photography, river, Seasons, Software

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22 replies

  1. Sounds like I should look into this. I received an email from OnOne but pretty much ignored it. I’ve been using Perfect Effects 8 for maybe 6 months and love it!

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    • It’s worth taking a look at, but you may already have tools that do the same thing. I have the NIK set, but the de-noise and sharpening tools in this module are much better. It depends on what you’ve already got. They offer a free trial, so you’ve got nothing to lose. And they are a legit company.

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      • Oh, I know they’re legit. I’ve got lightroom and Perfect Effects 8 but sometimes I feel limited. Photoshop still scares me, though.

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        • I use probably less than 5% of Photoshop’s capabilities, but for what it does, nothing does it better. I think you’d have to be a graphics professional to have a full understanding of Photoshop … but it give such high quality results, nothing else can compete. No matter what else you have, Photoshop is the gold standard.

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  2. Never heard of this software till now, it looks like it does a nice job for ya. I use Lr 5, almost 4 times the cost! I wonder what Lightroom has that PE 9 doesn’t?

    I use to have Photoshop CS 3, and loved it. I’d still have it but it wouldn’t load on my new hard drive and I can’t justify the cost of CS 6 since I don’t rely on my photographs for income.

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    • I learned about them from Bob Mielke who sent me a link. There are a lot of filter sets out there and without advice from someone who actually has used the product and knows what they can do, I wouldn’t know where to start. That’s why I review stuff like this, because otherwise, I’m lost. The suite stands alone and it’s on sale. There’s a free trial (NOT the free version, which is NOT the same product!!), so you don’t have to work blind. Essentially, it’s a standalone product anyhow.

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  3. Oh my gosh! This would be like an early Christmas gift if I had new photo manipulating software or plugins to play with! You sound very happy with this program and I look forward to all the photographs you are going to share with us!

    The photos you have posted look terrific. Have fun!! 😀

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  4. I agree with you on the Enhance Module. I opted for the suite upgrade because of the reduced price plus the fact that by upgrading to Apple’s new Yosemite operating system I lost compatibility with my old version 6 pf OnOne’s software plugins. I love the vignette, noise & sharpening features in the enhance module. There are so many more I need to play with as time goes on. I too have had difficulty getting the suite to integrate within Photoshop CC 2014. I can open the Effects module using File>Automate to get to it but not the Portrait or Resize modules. It’s a minor inconvenience to save and then use the suite as a stand alone package. I’ve already received a major free upgrade so OnOne must be getting feedback of issues and is making adjustments. I still love their software as well as Google’s NIK suite. One button noise reduction and sharpening are great.

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    • You’re right about the one button noise reduction and sharpening. They are kind of amazing. All the special effects stuff, I knew I’d never use it. I have all the NIK analog effects stuff and I hardly ever use it, not to mention PS’s native filters. With this + NIK + Photoshop, I feel very well supplied. And yes, using the onOne tools, saving the files, then opening them in Photoshop isn’t that big a deal … especially since these tools are markedly better than anything I’ve used to do these same jobs. I also love the cropping tool. That’s a real time saver. Thanks for the tip on these. I did do a trial on the whole suite, realized I didn’t need the whole set … and when I saw I could just buy this module, I was a very happy camper!

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      • Since buying Elements to stay with my students I’ve found its cropping tool is better than Photoshop CC 2014. Elements 12/13 crops, straightens and contact aware fills the corners with one button. it takes me another minute to do that in Photoshop.

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  5. Great photos. I’m slowly thinking about this software. I got the free version and it froze my Windows. I’m impressed with what you have done though. 👍👏

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    • The free version is NOT the same. I didn’t like the free version at all. Try the “Trial Version” which is the paid version for free for 30 days. But recognize that it is essentially a standalone tool, so it’s a bit klutzy. On the other hand, it does stuff that nothing else I own does — and does it very well. And cheap.

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  6. Wow, those fixed-up pictures look great!! I love the crispness (or whatever word should be chosen) of things. Yay for new software! 🙂

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  7. ooooo …. love that picture of the snow and the house.
    I’m getting into the Christmas spirit now.

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  8. I liked the way you described it. 🙂

    -Cherry Blossom-

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