I have been a user of the On1 suite of plugins for processing photos for the past couple of years. I first started around OnOne Perfect Suite 8. Overall, I like this set of plugins very much. I think it is a really powerful program that does a lot of really cool things. I like how it makes my photographs look, and it's generally easy to use. Late last month, the suite was relaunched again as On1 10. Below are my first impressions of this upgraded software package.
This is the interface below as it looks when first opened.
I like the clean, simple black background look. Everything is much easier to see on a black background. The integration of all the different programs within the creative suite is much nicer too. I like how you can seamlessly switch back and forth between Perfect Effects and Perfect Enhance without having to open the photo up in Perfect Layers. This is a much needed improvement in my opinion, as I never really was comfortable opening an image up in Layers first. That probably has more to do with not practicing enough, but that is my fault.
Anyway, over on the left are the tabs for Presets and Filters. Part of me likes the way they are separated, and part of me doesn't (sometimes I wish it was just a giant list - I don't want to have to think about whether the filter I want is a preset or a filter). I do like however when you click on one, we are presented with a view within that panel that shows us what all the different filters are going to look like if they are chosen. This is actually extremely helpful in showing me what all the potentials are so I can make a decision more quickly.
All the adjustment sliders are over on the right hand side. Their functionality is pretty much the same. I will say that I am still a little confused by how you add a layer to the photo. Before, there used to be a little + sign that would add a layer to whatever preset you were working with. Now when you select a layer, it brings up the menu which has the list of presets. If you select one, and then go to add another layer on top of it, the layer looks like it disappears. Before if you didn’t like a layer, you could just drag it down to the trash. This doesn’t appear to be the case anymore. Maybe I’m doing something wrong, but I’m still getting used to this design change.
One other thing that I for sure don’t like is that when I right click on an image in Lightroom, and select it for opening in the On1 suite, it doesn’t open right away. On1 opens, but the picture doesn’t. I end up having to open it twice. I’m not sure if this is a bug in the system or not, but it previously didn’t operate this way. If I was processing more than an hour a night, the program would likely already be open and not really a problem. My nightly processing is time limited though, and the extra time needed to reopen an image is not ideal.
Some people will hate even the smallest of changes. The new On1 10 suite has some pretty drastic changes to the way it looks and the way it functions. Overall, my first impression is that this is still the same awesome program that I have been using for the past couple of years. Does it look different? Sure, but that shouldn’t really matter because it still is able to take my photos and do some pretty awesome stuff with them. That’s good enough for me.
I would love to hear what you think about the new On1 suite. Please feel free to discuss in the comments section below. Have a great day. See you tomorrow…