One of the things I have always loved about ON1 Photo RAW is its ability to do everything I needed within a single program. From a photo browser to a raw editor and then even working with layers. But their recent interface update has made things better then I could have imagined.
In the past editions of ON1 Photo RAW, you had the ability to do so much from within a single program. I could cull a shoot and then edit the raw files. From there, I could take select images even further by working with layers and then adding some of their many effects. The only problem here is that you had to leave the develop module in order to edit with layers. Same for working with effects. There was a separate module for each function, and going back and forth between them wasn’t always the easiest thing. If you were editing an image in layers and wanted to change the exposure, it was a bit of a process to go back into the develop module in order to do that. But now, that’s all changed.
With the new ON1 Photo RAW 2019, they have an entirely new interface design. This new design has completely simplified the process of using all of the many features found within the program. Instead of having a module to develop your raw files, then a module for layers, and then another module for effects, we now just have one single module called edit.
When we dive into this module, we now have access to all of the ON1 features. The best part, in my opinion, is having the layers function built into the raw editor.
What this means is that I can now do my regular raw processing, and without even leaving the raw processor, I can work with layers. So for example, I want to edit the color of the leaves in this image separately from people.
All I have to do is click duplicate layer. I now have two versions of the same image. When I have one layer selected, I have access to all of my regular raw processing tools below. So I can feel free to edit the image to where the leaves have the effect I want.
If I simply select the other layer, then the raw editor changes over to the details for the layer I have selected. This makes it so I can easily and quickly hop back and forth to make any adjustments I want without ever leaving the module. So no more waiting for files to save or modules to load. I can then use the full assortment of masking tools to blend my two layers together.
From here, I can add effects, use the new portrait retouching tools, or do any local adjustments the image needs. But again, this is without leaving the editing module. So if I want to add a split toning effect to this image, all I need to do is click the effects tab and add the split toning. The great thing here is that each effect I add also has a mask built into the effect. This allows me to apply different effects to various parts of the mage if I want, but without needing to create separate layers for them in the layers tab. And if at any time I want to adjust the exposure, white balance, or any other raw adjustment, I can do that without any hassle or need to jump back and forth between programs or modules.
While this was all doable in the previous editions of ON1 Photo RAW, the new interface makes things drastically easier. I'm honestly impressed with how much I can do without the need to wait on save and load times. The way the different functions are laid out and how they interact with each other also makes it extremely easy to make adjustments on the fly. So if I want to add an effect but it changes some colors, I can quickly hop over and adjust the white balance. Or I can decide to just mask out the parts I don't like. While these options have always been available, they have never been this easy to use, adjust, and fine tune. All while working within a raw processing program that also includes a file browser and cataloging system.
While there are many great features in the new ON1 Photo RAW, the new interface is by far my favorite feature. But make sure to check out their website to see the full list of additions or to sign up for a free 30-day trial.