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Photoshop Filter vs. Automate

Posted on January 8, 2016 by Dan Harlacher - 11 Comments

If you are an Adobe® Photoshop® user you probably noticed one of the changes we made in ON1 Photo 10. We relocated the plug-ins from the Automate menu to the Filter menu. Over the years we’ve had a lot of feedback from users who had a hard time finding the plug-ins, they expected them to live in Filters menu not the Automate menu in Photoshop. They also asked us to make the plug-ins behave more like traditional Photoshop filter plug-ins, making them apply to the current layer and starting with the last used settings automatically. Those where the driving forces behind this change.

However, since launching Photo 10 we also heard feedback from users who prefer the old way it worked. Where the plug-ins appeared in the Automate menu, applied the results to a copy of the layer and always started with the default settings.

So we set forth to design the Photoshop plug-ins to work either way, and be adjustable by the user. We decided to add a section to the preferences where you control where the results get applied and if we start with the last used settings or not:

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As we dug deeper, it became increasingly difficult to provide these options while keeping the plug-ins in the Filter menu alone. Filters are pretty limited in what they can do compared to Automation plug-ins. So to make these new features work we need to add the plug-ins back to the Automate menu. This leaves us in a bit of a quandary and we want your option on how to proceed. Here are the options:

Option 1: Put the plug-ins back in the Automate menu like they used to be. Remove them from the Filter menu and add the new preferences.

Options 2: Put the plug-ins both places, the Filter AND Automate menu. When you access them through the Filter menu they act just like normal Photoshop filters and apply to the current layer and remember the last used settings. When you access them through the Automate menu they would honor whatever you set in the the preferences mentioned above.

Option 3: Leave them in the Filter menu and don’t worry about adding a new preference. If I want the results applied to a new layer I’ll make a copy in Photoshop first and I’ll reset the plug-in if I want to use different settings each time.

Let us know your with the survey below, leave us a comment, or both. Thanks!

Dan Harlacher
Director of Product Management

ON1 Labs – Resize is Coming Back!

Posted on December 22, 2015 by Dan Harlacher - 11 Comments

Customers have been asking for it and I am making sure it happens. I’m excited to show you how Resize is integrated with Photo 10. Follow along as I show the new Resize module in Photo 10 and all of the classic features you are used to. Photo 10 users can look for their free update early February.


ON1 Labs — Export

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Dan Harlacher - 15 Comments

Most of us edit, share, or print photos. Often times sharing and printing means creating new files from the original file. Many of us shoot raw, which is too big and limiting for sharing. Even those of us who shoot jpg don’t share an out-of-camera file in most cases. We need an easy way to create a file in the right size, format, and color space for sharing or printing.

Enter the new Export feature we are working on. With Export you can take a single photo, or a group of photos, and create whatever size and kind of file you need. It does the important file conversions, color conversions and file renaming for you. It will also include all the power and features of ON1 Resize (aka Genuine Fractals) for cropping and resizing. In addition, it will include options for sharpening, adding your logo as a watermark, creating gallery wrap wings for printing on canvas, and outputting your photo into tiles for mosaics and murals. You can also add presets created in ON1 Enhance or ON1 Effects. Finally, you’ll be able to save your settings as an Export preset to use over and over.

It is everything you need to automate the process of creating photos for printing and sharing. Tell us what you think.



ON1 Labs — Improved Shadow and Highlight Adjustments

Posted on August 28, 2015 by Dan Harlacher - 7 Comments

Just about every photo I edit starts in Enhance. It has all of the adjustments I need to get my photo looking good before I go on to other enhancements or styling. You get to adjust basics like Exposure, Contrast, Shadows, Highlights as well as correct color, remove distractions and noise and add sharpening and vignettes. You may have read an earlier blog post about some of the changes we are working on in Enhance. It’s gonna be faster! We’re also improving the image processing results. In this post I wanted to show you some of the results we’ve been cooking up for highlight and shadow recovery.

Often times when you take a photo outdoors the scene has very bright and dark areas. It’s hard to adjust your exposure and get both looking the right way. With our improvements to highlights and shadows you get more detail out of the shadows and recover nuances in the highlights with a single exposure. Rather than just adjusting the brightness and having to sacrifice the highlights to reveal the shadows or vice-versa, you’ll have full control over the exposure in each tonal range of the photo. We’ve been working hard to maintain a natural appearance and to not introduce any artifacts. Best of all it is much faster. Tell us what you think. You’ll be able to try it for yourself in the fall.




ON1 — Publishing to Photo Via with Browse

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Dan Harlacher - 17 Comments

Many of you haven’t heard of Photo Via, our latest mobile app for iOS. It makes it easy to sync your favorite photos in Lightroom with your mobile devices. In Lightroom you can select what you want to sync; from individual photos to smart albums to folders or even your entire photo library. This synchronization is done wirelessly using cloud storage services you already use (like Google Drive and Dropbox). One of the big benefits being you don’t have to sign-up and pay for another service.

Once your photos are synced to your mobile device you can view, search and share them easily. It’s perfect for adding your portfolio, recent vacation pics or latest job to your iPhone or iPad for on-the-go viewing. You can even view and change the rating and flags on your photos (via your mobile device) and those changes sync back to your desktop.

You can use Photo Via today if you have Lightroom. However, coming this fall you will be able to use it inside of the next generation Browse module. Even better, early in 2016 we will be adding two-sync photo sync. That’s right! Photos you take on your iPhone (or even iPad if that’s what you do) can be automatically downloaded and added to ON1 Photo or Lightroom. Then you can manage and edit them just like your other photos.