10 Tips for Faster Photo Editing

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If you are looking to save a few clicks, learn new shortcuts, or optimize your workflow, keep reading. I’ve put together ten tips which can help speed up your photo editing workflow in ON1 Photo RAW 2019. Many of the tips you can find in our trusty ON1 Photo RAW 2019.2 User Guidebook, and I list the page number and link where you can find a more detailed explanation for specific tips.

If you have any questions or want to provide some of your own tips for faster photo editing, please feel free to leave them in the comments.

  1. Turn on Fast Preview Mode in Browse –  Use this mode to go through a large number of photos quickly. This mode allows you to go from photo to photo with almost no load time between each photo. It’s perfect for culling through thousands of photos after a shoot! To turn on Fast Preview Mode, choose Fast from the RAW Previews pop-up at the bottom of the Browse window. You can also quickly toggle the mode back to Accurate to view a color-balanced preview.

  2. Use Auto Advance When Culling Your Photos – ON1 Photo RAW’s Auto Advance feature was designed to help you rank a group of images quickly: with Auto Advance turned on, when you apply a rating, color label or flag to the current image, Photo RAW will make the change and automatically move to the next image. Auto Advance can be turned on or off via the Photo menu. (from page 44 of the ON1 Photo RAW 2019.2 User Guidebook)

  3. Quickly Jump to Develop, Effects, Portrait or Local Adjustments from Browse – This can save you a click or two! Slightly hidden under the Edit icon are shortcuts to each of the tabs in the Edit module that can quickly speed things up when editing photos. These allow you to jump directly into one of the four editing tabs. Just hover your cursor over the Edit icon, click and hold. Once the four tabs appear (while still holding your click), release the click while hovering over the tab you wish to open.

  4. Saving Your Favorite Filters and Presets – Do you have a handful of frequently used filters or presets? Why not make them your favorites? If you hover over a filter style or preset thumbnail, you’ll see a heart icon. Clicking the icon will fill the heart in and add that style to your Favorites category found at the top of your Filters and Presets lists. You can easily remove a favorite from the list by clicking again in the heart icon.

  5. Apply Presets in Browse – Presets are a great way to save time in photo editing. Just select each of the photos in Browse and select the preset you want to apply to those images. You can also copy the edit settings from one image and use those settings on multiple photos. Just click on the photo you edited and choose Settings > Copy Settings. To apply that setting to another image, click on the new image (or group of images) and choose Settings > Paste Settings. If you want quickly to apply all of an image’s edits—with applied gradient masks or other tool-based edits as well—you can use the Sync command to synchronize the settings from a source image to another image or group of images. (from pages 45 & 46 of the ON1 Photo RAW 2019.2 User Guidebook)

  6. Use Solo Mode – If you have a lot of filters in your stack and don’t want to have to scroll up and down the filter stack, go to the Window menu and choose Solo Mode. Each pane will collapse with this mode enabled. This will leave the current pane open and will collapse all the other panes. Clicking on another pane will open that one and collapse the previous one. Another way to collapse a pane without Solo Mode enabled is to click in the pane’s title bar (a Hide/Show link is visible when you move your cursor over the title bar, but the entire title bar is clickable).

  7. Quickly Reset Your Sliders – Almost every slider can be reset to the default amount by double-clicking on the slider name.
  8. Rename Your Effects, Local Adjustments, and Layers – If you want to remember what each adjustment did to the photo, you can easily rename each effect, local adjustment, and layer. Just double-click on the name in the pane. Once the white text box appears, type to rename and hit enter. Simple!

  9. Quickly Send Photos to Other Photo Editing Applications – The Browse module inside ON1 Photo RAW is used by many as the home base for their photo editing. To send images to other applications, use the Send to option. The Sent to option is available when viewing a photo in Browse and right-clicking on the photo. In the contextual menu, Browse automatically detects some of the common photo editors and lists the latest installed version. You can set up almost any application you want to send your photos to by selecting the Send to Other Application option. Then navigate to the app you want to send your photos to. Browse will remember and list it with your other Send to options. (page 47 of the ON1 Photo RAW 2019.2 User Guidebook)

  10. Know and Use Shortcuts – Keyboard shortcuts (or hotkeys) are a great thing to memorize and can quickly save a ton of time in photo editing. Luckily, ON1 Photo RAW includes many of the standard shortcuts you know from other photo editing applications like Lightroom®. Click on the image below for a printable PDF of these shortcuts. (Page 172 of the ON1 Photo RAW 2019.2 User Guidebook

4 comments on “10 Tips for Faster Photo Editing”

  1. On February 13, 2019 at 8:27 pm marc labro wrote:

    Thank you Patrick for all these tips !

    I have a problem with photoshop psd files in browse. I asked several times to support without success.
    i see my psd thumbnails in browse but can’t send these to photoshop for further editing.
    ON1 photo raw thinks i want to edit psd inside photo raw, analyzes inner layers and noticed they come from photoshop so we can’t open a photoshop psd file in photoshop from browse.
    What is the status of this bug ? Browse in this case should suggest a radio-button “use photoshop only”… and behave like a simple file explorer

    best regards

    1. On February 14, 2019 at 9:12 am Patrick Smith replied:

      Thank you Marc. Do you have a ticket number I can look at in regards to the .psd issue? I can find out what the issue is from there.

  2. On February 19, 2019 at 10:13 am Wayne Gallagher wrote:

    Thank you Patrick, Good tips, and found a couple I didn’t know about. Nicely done.

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