March 23, 2021 | 1819 Views | By Patrick Smith
Photo by David Schelske.
I’ve been writing a lot about plugins for Lightroom, Photoshop, Affinity, Capture One, and others lately. Well, today is the day we are going to talk about Photo RAW. Specifically, the features we are working on in the next free update and why they are important for you.
My disclaimer. This is not the official announcement for the next update. If Dan decides to change something I’ve written about here, we will deal with that later. 🙂
On to the good stuff. There are tons of controls in Photo RAW you can drive with your keyboard, and a key feature in the next update is the ability to customize your keyboard shortcuts. Our international customers will thank us and also have a much better experience with their controls as well. If you use a control surface, this will allow you to integrate and use it with Photo RAW.
To take shortcuts a step further, we’re also adding a couple of additional slider controls. The sliders will be selectable for fine-tuning using your arrow keys, touchpad, or the scroll wheel on your mouse. This will allow you to activate slider controls like Exposure, Shadows, Highlights, and others with a shortcut from almost anywhere within the app. For example, if you are in Effects, you can access/select the Develop sliders and make adjustments without leaving Effects.
Many customers use Lightroom Classic and Photo RAW together. Well, we are happy to bring back our re-editable files for them. It’s the return of the Smart Photo. Smart Photos will allow you to take a photo from Lightroom into ON1, apply edits, and go back to Lightroom. If you want to make modifications in ON1 later on, the settings are available in the Smart Photo. This functionality will be in Photo RAW and the plugins (Effects, Portrait AI, and HDR).
Another awesome feature for subscribers of Photo RAW is the ability to sync presets and extras. For example, if you have presets on one computer and need to access them from another computer, this functionality is coming. That’s not all. We’ve all seen some of the best sunrises (or sunsets) when we don’t have our good camera. If you are using ON1 Photo RAW for mobile, you can capture the epic scene with the app and sync the photo back to your desktop for creative sky replacements later on. It’s the perfect tool for capturing extra creative content to use in Photo RAW; textures, skies, and whatever else comes up.
Over the next couple of weeks, Dan will be sharing the new features I spoke of right here on the blog. I hope everyone is happy and staying safe!