November 16, 2020 | 16106 Views | By Patrick Smith
We are happy to announce the all-new ON1 Professional Plugin Series, including new versions of ON1 HDR, ON1 Effects, ON1 Resize, ON1 Portrait AI, the ON1 Professional Plugin Bundle, expanded host application support, and a new partnership with Software and Photography Educator Matt Kloskowski.
Introducing the ON1 Professional Plugin Series
The ON1 Professional Plugin Series is a new product line focusing on bringing ON1’s editing technologies into existing professional photo workflows with a more integrated experience. Photographers today use many different workflows, and most photographers are looking to build on their existing workflows using better technologies that work efficiently together. The starting point for the ON1 Professional Plugins includes greatly expanding compatibilities with host applications, which include Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photoshop, Affinity Photo, Corel Paintshop Pro, Apple Photos, and Capture One plugin support coming very soon.
“We were founded on creating plugins for Adobe Photoshop and later the Lightroom workflow. Back then, it was all about saving photographers time by making things easier to do in our plugins, which would make their workflows much faster. Today, it’s about how ON1 software can tightly integrate our newest technologies from ON1 Photo Raw into more workflows to produce better results. We recognize it’s a diverse world and that every photographer’s workflow is different. Whether they use ON1 Photo RAW as their all-in-one workflow, or our plugins inside different apps,” says Craig Keudell, President of ON1.
The new ON1 Effects 2021 gives you professional results in seconds without having to do any complex edits. ON1’s team of experts curated the trendy and traditional photographic looks with amazing new filters and presets. New features in version 2021 include a new replace color filter to easily change the color of objects. The new Spot Healing Brush is the perfect tool to remove distractions while maintaining full non-destructive adjustments for each spot removed. The new custom brush shapes give customers a quantum-leap in new ways to add creative edits. The new Color-Sensitive Gradient Masks will detect the color under the gradient and apply the mask to only that adjustable color range. Finally, the new Full-Screen Preview options will give users the ability to hide everything on the screen except your photo.
The new ON1 Portrait AI 2021 uses machine learning to find every face in your photo and make them look great, automatically. It analyzes each face and adds just the right amount of retouching to the skin, eyes and mouth, giving you professional results in no time at all. The new spot healing brush, full-screen preview, and custom brush shapes are also added to the latest version, a free update for all ON1 Portrait AI owners.
The ultra-fast ON1 HDR 2021 creates flawless, natural HDR photos that combine the highlight and shadow details from a bracket of exposures. Easily control the movement, such as clouds and running water with a live preview. Then, perfect your HDR photos with powerful tools and presets that showcase your creativity. ON1 HDR will now include the new color sensitive gradient masks, the new spot healing brush, custom brush shapes, and a full-screen preview.
ON1 Resize 2021 features ON1’s industry-leading Genuine Fractals® technology. Resize 2021 is a must-have for the highest quality enlargements and prints. The 2021 version includes performance enhancements and new features that make it even easier and faster to resize photos without losing sharpness and detail.
What’s Ahead for the ON1 Professional Plugins
In addition to the expanded set of host applications, ON1 is working on better integration with each host application. Future updates will include further developing non-destructive workflows between plugins and host applications, so photos remain re-editable.
“One of the biggest challenges plugins face today is the walled gardens created by the host applications. It makes it very difficult to re-edit your adjustments. We have a powerful solution for this common complaint that will maintain flexibility and your creativity on both sides, and we can’t wait to unveil this in the coming months,” says Dan Harlacher, VP of Product.
ON1 is also looking to improve on working with multiple photos between plugin and host application and quick access to features and functionality from ON1 within the host application itself. Investing in new AI technologies and solutions to remove repetitive tasks for photographers is also at the forefront of this new strategy. Those all-new AI solutions will include faster culling of photos, noise reduction, and better batch processing. ON1 Photo RAW customers will also begin to see significant benefits from this work as each new plugin and technology enhancement will be fully integrated into the standalone ON1 Photo RAW workflow.
Matt K’s Corner – Your Resource for Using ON1 Plugins with Lightroom & Photoshop
ON1 is also partnering closely with Matt Kloskowski, a leading photo and software educator, to offer a valuable training resource for photographers and a goto resource for the Adobe and ON1 plugin workflow. Matt K’s Corner is a news and blog style platform to inform customers of the best way to integrate ON1 into their workflows. Matt will provide monthly videos and how-to articles, along with his recommended best practices.
“One of the great things about ON1 is that they listen. ON1 will fit into your existing workflow functionality and professional quality unattainable with other plugins. If you want a standalone solution – they’ve got it. But they also listen to their Adobe customers by delivering specific tools to enhance photos that plug right into Photoshop and Lightroom,” says Matt Kloskowski.