How To Use Perfect Effects 9 From On1 Software

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How To Use Perfect Effects 9 From On1 Software

The image shows the original image on the left and the image after Perfect Effects has been applied.
Perfect Effects 9 can bring images back to life.

For the past few weeks I have been participating in the PixelPundits podcast. It is a round table where a few of us talk about digital design, education, technique, applications and generally try to demystify some of the reverence that has grown up around many of the tools we use and the skills we employ.

A couple of weeks ago we talked about color and how it is like throwing grenades: color is never precise but you can get close. In the course of the conversation we touched on the fact there seems to a growing interest in in such apps as Aviary, Instagram, Google Photos and so on but there also seemed to be a corresponding decline in an understanding of how these effects work. Many users tend to slap an effect on a photo, like what they see and move on. The consensus was these are great but apps but the true graphic professional will tweak the filter settings, if they can, to achieve an outstanding result. Which brings me to Perfect Effects 9 from ON1 software which available in both free and commercial versions for both the Mac and PC and can be used with Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture or as an external editor for such applications as Adobe Bridge and Apple Photos.

Perfect Effects 9 is a full collection of 170 powerful image editing effects that can be used as a Photoshop Extension – Window>Extensions>OnOne – or in the Prefect Effects application.  This app is a collection of what they call “one-click” presets, adjustable filters and tools that can give your images that “outstanding result” I mentioned earlier. That’s the good news. The bad news is those results aren’t achieved with a single click. Each effect is fully editable inside the Perfect Effects 9 interface and to move from “OK” to “Outstanding” you need to adjust the settings behind each effect which is rather easily done using the Perfect Effects 9 application.

Let’s get started to see what I am talking about.

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How To Get Started With Perfect Effects 9 From On1 Software

The Perfect Effect 9 What To Edit and Copy Options dialog box is shown.
You atart by editing a copy and making sure it is is a Photoshop Smart Object.

My advice to anyone using this software is to avoid applying the effect in Photoshop. All this will do is to pop open the Perfect Effects interface, apply the effect and then return you to Photoshop. You have no way of adjusting the settings applied to the effect in Photoshop.

Instead launch the application and, when prompted, drag the image into the uploader. When you release the mouse the What to Edit dialog box shown above will appear.

Your choices are:

  • Edit a Copy: Always choose this. If you make a mistake you can always reopen the original.
  • Edit Original: This can be regarded as “Destructive Editing” in that changes are made to original image with no way of recovering from mistakes.

The Copy Options are also important.

  • File Format: You have three choices: a layered .psd document, a flattened tiff file or a flattened .jpg file. I recommend always selecting the .psd.
  • Smart Photo Re-editable PSD: Select this and the image, when opened in Photoshop, is opened as a Smart Object.
  • Color Space: There are a lot of choices and, if you are unfamiliar with each one shown in the pop down, stay with the default
  • Bit Depth: Choose the number of colours in the image. The 16-bit palette gives you 66,000 possible colors in the image while 8-bit reduced the image to 256 possible colors.
  • Resolution: The higher the resolution the higher the file size. If the image is destined for a screen 100 is a good choice. If it is destined for print then 300 is a good choice. Just be aware the number you are seeing is the image’s current resolution. You can reduce the resolution with no problems but increasing the resolution will introduce artifacts into the image.

Once you have made your decisions, click OK to open the Perfect Effects interface.

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How To Use The Perfect Effects 9 Interface

The various areas of the Perfect Effects 9 interface are identified using boxes and text.
The Perfect Effects 9 interface is designed for solely adding the effects and presets to an image.

When the Interface opens you will see it is divided into a number of discrete areas. On the left are three tabs in the Effects Browser : Favorites, Presets and Filters. Click the Favorites tab and you will see a list of “Looks” from ON1. Clicking the other two tabs opens a collection of Preset Effects and Single Effects.

The Tool Well contains a number of tools which be used to manipulate the image.

The Preview Window is where the image appears and can be zoomed.

The Navigator Window can be used to change the viewing size of the image in the preview image and to move around inside the preview.

The Filter Stack shows the filter applied to the image and they can be rearranged to change the look.

The Filter Options allow you to change a variety of the settings in a filter.

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How To Apply And Adjust A Preset In Perfect Effects 9 From OnOne

The subtle Sunshine preset is higlighted as are the Dynamic Content and Vignette filter settings in the Properties.
The effects can be applied and modified in the Perfect Effects 9 interface.

The image I have chosen was taken in Southern Alberta in Canada. The plan is to make it a bit “sunnier” and to bring up some of the detail in the image. To add a filter or preset I have two choices: type the word “sun” into the search area or to root around the filters and presets to find one I am looking for. When I enter “sun” I am presented with 12 options in the Effects Browser and each thumbnail shows me what image will look like when I apply the filter. I decide on “Subtle Sunshine” and by clicking it, it is applied to the Preview Image.

Over on the right, I am shown a list of the filters applied in the preset in the Filter Stack area and  a number of options in the Filter Options. If you click a filter in the stack, the options for that particular filter will change.

To bring up the texture in the road and the embankment I I selected Dynamic Content in the Stack and , in the Filter Options, increased the Small Detail setting to 40 by moving the slider.

The image was still a bit dark. To address this I selected the Vignette filter in the stack and , in the Filter Options increased the Brightness to – 4 and changed the size to 38.

When I was finished I clicked the Save & Close button to save the image and quit the Editor.

The image is saved to the same location as the original. If you open it in Photoshop, you will receive an error message telling you there is unknown data in the image. Ignore it and click the Keep Layers button in the Error message.

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