Image processing has always had very specific tools for very specific jobs. You have your raw processor for the basic editing of images, but for things such as layers and cloning, you had to jump to Photoshop. Then we have software such as Nik, On1, and Alien Skin that can be used for creative effects, film simulations, etc. But the new On1 raw processor is looking to combine all these elements into a single platform with no need to jump from program to program.
While the software has not officially released, the above teaser video shows us a glimpse at what it can do. The key features that I took away from the teaser are lined out below.
- The Browser – no import, fast loading (similar to photo mechanic I assume) that still allows you to rate, flag, and keyword images.
- Develop – nondestructive editing, selective adjustments, content aware retouching tool (as opposed to copy/paste styled cloning in Lightroom)
- FX – adjustable and stackable filters. Borders, textures, and lens blurs. You can add masks to filters to selectively apply them to certain areas of an image. Batch edit images by applying a set of filters across a group of images.
- Layers – combine multiple images for sky replacements or face swapping. Has blend modes, layer opacity, and masking. Saves as a Photoshop file type for later processing.
Overall this looks amazing. Having the ability to use essentially four different programs under one roof can save a ton of time jumping around. The only thing that could hold back this software is the quality of the raw processor. Only time will tell if they were able to get this part right.
Also, if you are curious about the differences between On1 raw and On1 Photo 10.5, below is a quick video showing a performance comparison.