ON1 Photo RAW — Workspaces in Develop
When we first decided to build a raw processor we saw the need for a powerful and easy-to-use place to do basic color and tone adjustments as well as cropping and dust spotting. ON1 Enhance (released a few years ago) taught us a lot about what our users wanted and needed. It told us we were on the right track, but our users wanted to do even more. Often times, users were going to ON1 Effects to do corrections and enhancements rather than Enhance. It became clear our raw processor would need to do more than just the basics.
Today, we are taking what we’ve learned with how users put Enhance and Effects together in their workflows. In ON1 Photo RAW, we will bring you the new Develop module (don’t worry! ON1 Effects will still be in Photo RAW). Simply put, Develop will be the grown-up replacement for Enhance. The core in Develop will be built on the new 32-bit floating point, GPU powered processing engine we’ve created for ON1 Photo RAW. This gives it amazing speed, a larger and more precise adjustment range and non-destructive editing.
We also had to make a decision about the right tools and adjustments photographers need every day. We started with the basics: Tone, Color, Vignette, Noise Reduction and Sharpening. We took a step back by also looking at what users do the most in Effects for adjustments. In Develop, there will also be: Dynamic Contrast, Color Enhancer, Skin Retouching, Black & White, Glow, Split Tone and the Adjustment Brush and Gradient tools. In addition, we’ll add a new Transform pane for correcting perspective and distortion.
The challenge with adding new panes to Develop was to keep it simple. Many ON1 users love the stack concept in Effects. We asked ourselves, “Why not create something similar in Develop where you can select which panes you want to use?”
Note: Unlike the stack in Effects today, the order that you turn on panes in Develop doesn’t matter. You will be able to work on any pane without the panes above it being turned off.
Every photo will start with the Color and Tone panes, which are essential adjustments. Then you can press the Plus button and add any of the other panes you want. Once you have it just the way you want it, save the list of panes as a workspace to easily access them again later. Out of the box we will include workspaces for Landscapes, Black & White, Portrait, etc. that include just the panes you need for that type of work. This will help keep things clean and hide the panes that you don’t need for certain photos. We think these workspaces will create a great balance of keeping it simple while exposing all the powerful tools in Develop for advanced users. Tell us what you think.