While Lightroom seems to be the editing program of choice for most creatives, it’s far from perfect. Here are five features that are missing from Lightroom that you can find in ON1 Photo RAW.
Instant Image Access
We have all been there when working inside Lightroom. You get home from a shoot and want to to get started on editing. The problem is that you end up staring at your screen while you wait for Lightroom to import your files. With ON1 Photo RAW, you get instant access to view and cull your images. No waiting for thumbnails to render or catalogs to be created. You simply open the program, navigate to your folder or memory card, and then start culling.
Layers and Masks
When working inside Lightroom, you are limited to either working on a single image with global adjustments or using the limited functionality of Lightroom local adjustments. If you want to do any sort of work with layers, such as combining multiple images, blend modes, etc., then you are forced to leave Lightroom and use another program such as Photoshop. With ON1 Photo RAW, you have the ability to use layers and masks from within a single program. Not only that, but you also get a set of tools that make creating masks so much easier.
More Tools and Options
While Lightroom gives you their standard set of local adjustments, ON1 Photo RAW takes it a step further. Not only do they offer more functionality to the same tools found inside Lightroom, but they also give you more tools to help make editing easier. Things like the gradient tool, which has all the same options as Lightroom, but also adds a reflected gradient option. Or tools like the healing brush in Lightroom that has a very limited functionality. Instead, ON1 has three different tools for healing and cloning. These tools give you much more control and functionality in comparison.
Other than working with layers and masks, there are other features that require you to leave Lightroom to use another program. Things such as adding lens blurs, film simulations, textures, borders, etc. But these features and many more can be found inside the Effects panel within ON1 Photo RAW.
Option to Buy
This feature is a big one for a lot of users. Since Adobe has moved to a subscription-based payment plan, you don't actually have the option to buy the software. You are essentially just renting it for as long as you are willing to keep paying. Once you stop paying, you no longer have access. But with ON1 Photo RAW, you are actually buying the program and get to keep it forever. ON1 also offers discounts to upgrade to newer major releases if you have previously purchased the program.
If you are interested in trying ON1 Photo RAW, they're currently offering a free trial so you can see these features in action for yourself.