A. ON1 Photo 10 User Guide

Welcome

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Using the Help System

Find and watch free video tutorials at the ON1 Photo Learning site. We and our users believe this is the best way to grasp the ON1 workflow and discover new techniques.
Search our Knowledge Base for frequently asked questions, common issues and more.

This user guide is web based and readable in most web browsers. On the left side, you will see a table of contents that make it easy to find the section you are looking for. The table of contents is dynamic and will take you to the specified section by clicking on them. The main body of the page will show you the content you have requested. Use the scroll-bar at the right to scroll down for additional content. You may see hyperlinks in the body text. They will be blue and clicking on one of these hyperlinks will take you to more relevant information.

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System requirements

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Installation

To install ON1 Photo 10, double click the installer icon and allow the installer to guide you.

You should close any supported host applications such as Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture as well as any standalone versions of ON1 products before installing or updating.


Mac OS X

  • The application is installed in the ON1 Photo 10 folder in the Applications folder.
  • All plug-in files for supported host applications (such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture and Photoshop Elements) found during the installation process will be installed automatically. You will see a summary of installed plug-ins at the end of installation.
  • If a previous version of ON1 suite is found, it will be maintained or replaced based on your preference during installation.
  • Support files are installed into /Library/Application Support/ and ~/Library/Application Support/ folders.

Windows

  • The application is installed in the ON1 Photo 10  directory in the ON1 directory in the Program Files directory.
  • All plug-in files for supported host applications (such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture and Photoshop Elements) found during the installation process will be installed automatically. You will see a summary of installed plug-ins at the end of installation.
  • If a previous version of ON1 suite is found, it will be maintained or replaced based on your preference during installation.
  • Support files are installed into \ProgramData\ON1\ on windows.

 

Uninstalling

To uninstall ON1 Photo 10, follow these instructions.

You should deactivate your product before uninstalling. This will allow you to transfer your license to another computer.

Mac OSX

  1. Go to the Applications/ON1 Photo 10/Documentation folder.
  2. Double click on the Remove ON1 Photo 10 application.

Windows

  1. Go to Control Panels.
  2. Under Programs select Uninstall a program.
  3. In the list that comes up select ON1 Photo 10 and then click on the Uninstall button.

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Licensing and registration

ON1 Photo 10 will operate as a trial version for 30 days from when it is installed. If you have purchased ON1 Photo 10, you will want to license it so you can continue to use it past the trial period. When you install ON1 Photo 10 it will prompt you to license it. Simply click on the license button and enter your license code. Your license code can be found in your order confirmation email if you purchased the download version directly from on1, Inc. If you purchased a physical copy of ON1 Photo 10, a sticker on the information card will have the license code on it. Your license code allows you to install ON1 Photo 10 on five computers. When you enter your license code, ON1 Photo 10 communicates with the ON1, Inc. activation server and will activate your software. Your software must be licensed and activated to function past the trial period. If the computer you are activating does not have access to the internet, you can manually activate your software by following the manual activation instructions in the license dialog.

If you wish to move your copy of ON1 Photo 10 from one activated computer to new computer you will need to deactivate it first. Deactivation is a simple process. Simply open ON1 Photo 10 and select Deactivate from the Help menu. This will deactivate ON1 Photo 10 on the current machine, allowing you to install and activate it on another machine.

If you lose your activation code, have your computer stolen and can not deactivate it, need to install on more than two computers or have other activation issues please contact on1, Inc. customer by visiting the support section of the on1, Inc. website.

Product Improvement Program

We believe that the best products are made by listening to our customers. We use many methods to gather your ideas and feedback including: emails, surveys, direct conversations, market analysis and the Product Improvement Program. The Product Improvement Program is built into our software and gathers information about how our software is used. It is the most accurate way for us learn what features are important to you and how our products fit into your workflow.

Enrollment in the program is voluntary. When you participate, we collect basic information about how you use our programs and basic information about your computer. This information helps us learn what features are important to you and how we can make our software easier to use. No personal information is collected and you will not be contacted.

You can choose to participate in the Product Improvement Program the first time you launch an on1, Inc. product. You can change your participation later, just click the Help menu, then Help Improve ON1, Inc. Products.

You can learn more about the Product Improvement Program here.

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Opening Files

Supported File Types
ON1 Photo 10 uses the Photoshop (PSD) file format as its default file type. The Photoshop file format is a commonly supported, publicly documented file format that is also the standard file for Adobe Photoshop. It is also supported by Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, Aperture and many other image editing applications. It supports multilayered images and layer masks making it the perfect format for durable, adjustable imaging. ON1 Photo 10 also supports the opening and saving of the following file types, in RGB either 8 or 16-bits per pixel.

•Photoshop (PSD)

•Photoshop Large Document (PSB)

•Tagged Image File Format TIFF (TIF)

•Joint Photographic Experts Group JPEG (JPG)

•Portable Network Graphic (PNG)

•Camera Raw files on this list.

Photoshop PSD files will maintain all the layers and layer masks you create in ON1 Photo 10 and are recommended as your main file format. Photoshop files may also be saved as a Smart Photo , which is an ON1 specific variant of the Photoshop format that allows you to re-edit your settings at a later date. If your saved file will be larger than 2 GB or 30,000 pixels on a side, your image will automatically be saved in the .PSB or Large Document format. This is a newer version of the PSD file format and still maintains all your layers and masks.

You can use the Edit a Copy or Save As command to save flattened TIF and JPG files or PNG files with transparency. Camera raw files can only be opened, not saved directly. They must be saved as another file type.

Opening Files
You may open an existing file in several ways depending on which product you are using. Open Command in File Menu, Open via Browse, Drop a file on the Application icon, plugin from Adobe Photoshop, Plugin from Adobe Lightroom, Plugin from Apple Aperture.

 

Opening Options

When you open a file(s) you will be presented with this dialog. It allows you to choose to work on the original file, a copy or to stack the files as a layer.

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Edit a Copy: A copy of the original file is made using the Copy Options and saved in the same folder as the original.

Edit Original: The original file is edited directly. This overwrites the original file with your changes. This option is disabled for Raw or read-only files.

Add as a Layer: The original file is added as a layer(s) into the current image in Perfect Layers. If no image is opened, a copy of the first image in your selection is created.

If you select to open a copy, you can control the file type, color space, bit-depth and resolution. If you have multiple files selected, they will all be handled the same way.

Checking the “Don’t ask me again” box will bypass this dialogue box in the future and use the current options selected the next time you open an image.

 

 

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Smart Photos

Smart Photos are a special ON1 specific PSD format that allows you to save your settings and masks from each module that you use so you can go back and re-edit them later. Any settings you make, including masks and control points are readjustable later.

Creating a Smart Photo
To create a Smart Photo, select the Smart Photo checkbox in the Edit What dialog when you open an image. If you access Perfect Photo Suite as a plug-in from Lightroom or Aperture you have the choice each time you send a Photoshop file. You can also convert a layer in Perfect Layers to a Smart Layer, which converts the image to a Smart Photo, if you have Perfect Layers.

Re-Editing a Smart Photo
There are several ways to open and re-edit a Smart Photo depending on your product configuration:

  • If you have the ON1 Photo 10 you can re-edit a Smart Photo by double-clicking on the module entry in the Smart Photo History pane in Browse or the Layers pane in Layers or just click on the module in the module selector.
  • If you have a standalone application like Effects, Portrait or Enhance, simply open the image and your settings will be reloaded automatically.
Similar to Smart Objects in Photoshop, Smart Photos have certain limitations. You cannot use any tool that will change the original pixels, size or proportions such as crop or transform. This includes the retouching tools in Perfect Layers, however you can use them in Portrait and Enhance.

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Module Selector

The ON1 Photo 10 is a complete photo editor. It uses a modular approach, allowing each module to focus on one task. This makes accomplishing the one task easier by removing unnecessary tools and giving access to just what you need to get that task done. When used as a standalone application, Browse is the default module at first launch, it is used to navigate your drives and cloud services to find images to begin working with.  In the Preferences you may change the default startup module to Layers. If you prefer a layered workflow you can use the Layers module as the heart of your workflow, similar to using Adobe Photoshop. Depending on how you access the ON1 Photo 10 you may never notice Browse or Layers.

The Module Selector

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If you access the ON1 Photo 10 as a standalone application you will start in Browse or Layers.

When you are ready to edit an image you will select the module you wish to use from the Module Selector on right side of the main window. You can easily switch between modules by clicking on another in the Module Selector. This allows you to perform multiple tasks during the same editing session.

 

 

If you access the ON1 Photo 10 as a Photoshop Plug-in you see the Module Selector, but it will be disabled, you can only use one module at a time through Photoshop. The Module Selector will also be disabled if you use the following modules through Lightroom or Aperture:

  • Browse
  • Enhance
  • Effects
  • Portrait
  • Layers

When you access these modules, you use them on their own and then return back to Lightroom or Aperture directly. Your file will be saved and closed automatically.

If you want to have access to all your modules during an editing session from Lightroom or Aperture, select the Layers plug-in. This will start you in Perfect Layers and the Module Selector will be visible, allowing you to access all of the installed modules. 

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Using the Stand alone

ON1 Photo 10 can be used as a standalone application without the need of Photoshop, Lightroom or another host application. To launch it follow these steps:

Mac OS X

  1. Open your Finder.
  2. Navigate to the Applications folder.
  3. Navigate to the ON1 Photo folder.
  4. Double click on the ON1 Photo 10 application icon.

You can add ON1 Photo 10 to your dock for easy access by clicking and holding the icon in the dock, then select the Keep In Dock option. If you use Launchpad it can be found there as well.

Windows 7

  1. Go to your Start Menu.
  2. Select the ON1 group.
  3. Select ON1 Photo 10.

If you selected the “Add Icon to Desktop” option during installation you can also access ON1 Photo 10 from there.

Windows 8.1, 10

  1. Open the Start screen by pressing the Window key.
  2. Select ON1 Photo 10.
If you selected the “Add Icon to Desktop” option during installation you can also access ON1 Photo 10 from there.

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Using with Adobe® Photoshop®

To use ON1 Photo 10 inside of Adobe Photoshop follow these steps:

  1. Open the image you want to work on.
  2. Select the layer you want to work on. Make a duplicate if you want to preserve the original Layer.
  3. From the Filter menu, select ON1 and then the module you would like to use.
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 To use inside of Adobe Photoshop Elements, follow these steps:

  1. Open the image you want to work on.
  2. Select the layer you want to work on. Make a duplicate if you want to preserve the original Layer.
  3. From the Filter menu, select ON1 and then the module you would like to use.
   Layers, Browse and Export are not accessible from Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

 

ON1 Panel

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Users of Adobe Photoshop can also access ON1 Photo 10 as plug-ins using the ON1 Extension Panel. This provides fast access to the ON1 Photo 10 and its presets. To access the ON1 panel, go the Window > Extensions menu in Photoshop and select ON1

The ON1 panel behaves just like any other panel in Photoshop. It can be minimized or nested with other panels. To access a module, simple double-click on it. To use a preset, single click on the module name. A menu of available presets will be displayed. Simply double-click on one to apply it to your selected layer.

If you wish to record actions using ON1 be sure to access it from the Filter menu when recording.

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Using with Adobe® Lightroom®

 

If you have the Premium Edition of ON1 Photo 10 you can access ON1 Photo 10 as a plug-in inside of Lightroom. This provides an integrated, round-trip workflow.

ON1 Photo 10 is the perfect companion for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. It integrates tightly with it and provides a seamless experience for enhancing your images. There are several ways to use ON1 Photo 10 with Lightroom.

 

Plug-In Extras

ON1 Photo 10 can be accessed from the File > Plug-in Extras menu. This is the preferred way to access it. It gives you access to all installed modules and has the most flexibility in how the files are handled. To edit an image in ON1 Photo 10 follow these steps.

  1. Select the image in Lightroom.
  2. Go the File menu and select the Plug-In Extras flyout.
  3. Select the module you would like to use.

Selecting Multiple Images

If you have multiple images selected, the behavior varies depending on which module you select.

  • Each file will be opened in its own tab. Then you may access any module available in the Module Selector.
  • Choose Open as Layers in ON1 Layers 10 if you want to combine the two photos as separate layers on a single canvas.
  • All other plug-ins: Each image is opened in turn and you may adjust the settings on an image by image basis.
File > Plug-in Extras

 

Lightroom Plug-in Preferences

When you use ON1 Photo 10 through the Plug-In Extras menu there are important file handling options that are controlled in the Preferences dialog of the Perfect Layers module. These need to be configured in advance based on your desired workflow.

Save Photoshop Files As: Controls how Photoshop files opened from Lightroom and Aperture are saved, as smart photos or regular PSDs.

File Type: The file type drop-down menu determines what type of file will be created. The default is PSD, which maintains layers. You can also select JPG or TIFF if you prefer those formats and are not concerned about maintaining layers. The last option is same as source, which maintains the file type of the original file, except for Camera raw files which are saved as PSD’s.

Color Space: The color space drop-down menu determines what RGB working color space is used; Adobe RGB 1998, sRGB or ProPhotoRGB.

Bit Depth: The bit-depth drop-down menu determines the bit depth, either 8-bit or 16-bit per pixel.

Resolution: The resolution drop-down menu determines the resolution of the file.

Stack with Original: When enabled, the new image is stacked with the original image, making it easier to organize.

Use Original for Single PSDs: When enabled, if you select a single PSD file, it will be edited directly, rather than having a copy made.

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External Editor

You can also access modules as external editors for all modules except Perfect Layers or Perfect Mask. You can access them from the Edit In… contextual menu. These behave similarly to the plug-ins in the Plug-In Extras menu but ignore the preferences set in Perfect Layers. Instead you have the option to control a subset of these options each time you access a module, in the same way you do when you access Photoshop or any other external editor. Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 3.57.17 PM

 

Batch Processing with Lightroom Export

You can also batch process with a single module through the Export menu in Lightroom. This is useful if you need to remove metadata or are more comfortable with Lightroom’s Export. Batch processing through Export is driven by presets, so you need to create a preset that accomplishes the work you desire first.

  1. Select the images you wish to batch process.
  2. Go the Export under the File menu.
  3. At the top under the Export to drop-down, select the module to use.
  4. Complete the module specific options. These will start with the preset, followed by options for selecting the export location, file naming, file size, etc.
  5. Press the export button.
You cannot save Lightroom export presets or use the Export with Previous option. 

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Using with Apple® Aperture® 

ON1 Photo 10 integrates tightly with Apple Aperture and provides a seamless experience for enhancing your images.

ON1 Photo 10 can be accessed from the Photo > Edit with Plug-In menu. To edit an image in ON1 Photo 10 follow these steps.

  1. Select the image in Aperture.
  2. Go the Photo menu and select the Edit with Plug-In flyout.
  3. Select the module you would like to use.

Selecting Multiple Images

If you have multiple images selected, the behavior varies depending on which module you select.

  • Each file will be opened in its own tab. Then you may access any module available in the Module Selector.
  • Choose Open as Layers in ON1 Layers 10 if you want to combine the two photos as separate layers on a single canvas.
  • All other plug-ins: Each image is opened in turn and you may adjust the settings on an image by image basis.
 AperturePlugin
The file type, bit-depth and color space of the image is determined by the preferences in Aperture for external editors. ON1 Photo 10 will maintain the file type, either PSD or TIF automatically to support compatibility with plug-ins from other manufactures. Keep in mind only PSD files store re-editable layers and masks.

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Using with Other Applications

You can use ON1 Photo 10 as an external editor with many other workflow applications such as Adobe Bridge or Apple Photos. First check the application user guide to see if it supports external editors. It should detail how to configure the host application to use an external editor. Generally this will include selecting ON1 Photo 10 and setting the file type to send to it. It is best to use PSD files if supported.

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Printing

 

You can print your photos to your printer using the Print function.

  1. Select Print from the File menu.
  2. Select your printer from the Printer pop-up.
  3. Press the Print Setup button to adjust printer specific options such as paper size and type and printer specific color management options.
  4. Adjust the number of copies, orientation and output resolution.
  5. In the Print Area section set the area to fit, fill or actual size. The preview on the left shows the paper size and margins as well as the print area and how the image will fit or fill the print area.
  6. Select the output Printer Profile and Rendering Intent to properly adjust the photos colors to your printer and paper combination. You may also select the Printer Managed Color option to let your printer driver manage the color instead.
 
Tip: If you have already cropped and sized your image to your desired print area size, simply set the width and height to match in the Print Area section. 

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Managing Extras

What are Extras?

The Extras Manager let’s you import and manage your own Extras content. Extras are:

  • Backgrounds that can be imported and used in Layers.
  • Borders than can be imported and used in Layers and Effects.
  • Textures that can be imported and used in Layers and Effects.

Extras can be content that you download from the ON1 website or content that you create on your own.

The Extras manager lets you create categories for each Extra type, import files as extras and delete user-added extras that you no longer want.

You can access the Extras Manager from the File menu in Browse and Layers or the Preset menu in modules that use presets.

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How to Import Extras

Importing extras is simple. Start by opening the Extras Manager then follow these steps.

  1. Select the type of extras you wish to import in the left column (Backgrounds, Borders, etc.) You can only import extras of one type at a time.
  2. Click on the Import button in the footer of the left column. A Finder or Explorer Window will appear where you can select the files to import. If you want to import an entire folder, click into the folder then select the first file, then shift-click on the last file. Click import when you selection is complete.
  3. Select a category for your extras to live in. This is where you will be able to find it inside of the ON1 Photo 10. You can select from an existing category or create a new one.

When your extras have been imported you will see them in the Extras Manager in the category you selected, in the type of extra they belong to.

What Type of Images Can I Import as Extras?

Backgrounds and Textures may be any image file that ON1 Photo 10 can open including jpg, tif, raw or psd files. Border files must have a large central area that is transparent. This means that only files that support transparency like png can be imported as borders.

If you have a .ONPreset file that you have downloaded from ON1 Photo 10, simply double-click on it to install it. There is no need to import it through the Extras Manager. 

Using Extras in Layers

Click on the Extras tab of the left column mini-browser. You will see top-level folders for onOne Extras and User Extras. Inside of these will be sub-folders for Backgrounds, Borders and Textures. You can double-click on an extra to add it to your current image, just use the “Add as a Layer” option when asked how you want to open the file.

  • You can use the transform tool to size and position the extra on your image.
  • Use the Layers pane to change the order, opacity and blending mode.
  • Use the Masking Brush and Masking Bug to selectively apply the extra.
  • Use the Perfect Eraser to remove distractions from the extra if needed.
If you save your file as a layered PSD file, you can always re-open the file again and have access to all of the layers and masks for further editing.
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How to use in Effects

You can access certain extras, like borders and textures, inside of modules like Effects. To use them follow these steps:

  1. Open an image into Effects.
  2. In the Filter Options pane, select the correct filter type, either Borders or Texturizer.
  3. From the Category pop-up, select a category you have imported. User added extras categories will appear at the bottom of the category list.
  4. From the Texture pop-up select a texture from the category you selected.
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How to Delete Extras

You can remove imported extras using the Extras Manager. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Extras Manager.
  2. Click on the extras type that contains the content you wish to remove. This will display categories within that extras type.
  3. To delete an entire category, select in the left column and click on Delete button in the footer of the left column.
  4. To delete individual extras, select them in the right column and click on the Delete button in the footer of the right column.
   Deleting extras is permanent and can not be undone!

 

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Preferences

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General Settings

  • Working Color Space: When a new file is created or file is opened and has no color profile associated with it, this is the assumed color profile for the image. Images that come from plug-ins or have tagged or embedded profiles will use the associated profile instead.
  • Scrolling Controls: Lets you select how the mouse scroll wheel or scrolling gesture works. The options are:
    1. None: Default.
    2. Preview Zoom: Adjusts the zoom of the preview window. Scrolling up increases the zoom, scrolling down decreases the zoom. It is important that the zooming is comfortable, not too fast or slow or jerky.
    3. Preview Pan: Pans the image, like using the pan tool or navigator. It is important that the panning is comfortable, not too fast or slow or jerky.
    4. Brush Size: Adjusts the size of the current tool if relevant, such as a brush tool.
  • Preview Background Color: You may select the color of the background behind the preview image. The default color is black. There is options for black, white, light gray, dark gray and custom. The custom option has a color picker where you can select your own background color.
  • Start In: Determines which module will open at launch. Browse is the default.
  • Check for Update on Launch: Enabled by default, the product will communicate with ON1 server at launch and if an update is available it will prompt you to download or skip.
  • Warn when leaving files in Layers: Enabled by default. If you have unsaved files open in Layers and want to close the program a warning dialog will appear with the options to Save & Close, Cancel or OK (close without saving).

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Files

  • TIFF, JPEG, PNG The default open option for TIFF, JPEG, PNG formats. A copy or the original.
  • Photoshop: The default open option for PSD files. A copy or the original.
  • Save as Re-Editable Smart Photo: Use the Smart photo re-editable format when using the PSD Format.
  • File Format: Sets default format when opening a copy of a file.
  • Color Space: Sets the default colorspace when opening a copy of a file.
  • Bit Depth: Sets the bit depth for the file when opening a copy of a file.
  • Resolution: Sets the resolution when opening a copy of a file.
  • Show these options every time I open a photo: Controls if file open dialogue appears upon opening an image, on by default.

Plug-ins

Smart Photos-

  • Save PSD Files As: When you send a PSD to ON1 Photo via a plug-in from Lightroom or Aperture you can choose between saving the file as a Normal Photo or a Smart Photo.
  • Apply Results to: When editing in PS you can choose to have your effect added to a copy of your current layer or to the current layer. You can also choose to start with the last used settings when launching ON1 Photo.
  • File Type: Specifies four options. PSD (Supports Layers, Defaults Setting. Same as Source (PSD for Raw). TIFF (No Layers). JPEG (No Layers).
  • Color Space: Specifies the color space to use when processing copies from Lightroom. This is similar to the working color space pop-up in the general preferences tab, however there are only the three options supported by Lightroom: sRGB, Adobe RGB 1998 and ProPhotoRGB.
  • Bit Depth: Sets the bit depth for the copies created by Lightroom, the options are 8 and 16-bit.
  • Resolution: Sets the resolution of copies created by Lightroom.
  • Stack with Original: Enabled by default, copies created by Lightroom are stacked with their original or source image.
  • Use Original for Single PSDs: Enabled by default. If your selection is a single PSD file, the original PSD is opened rather than creating a copy.

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System

  • System Usage: Specifies the amount of system memory (RAM) that is used by the application. The default is 80%.
  • VRAM Usage: Specifies the amount of video memory (VRAM) that is used by the application. The default 80%.
  • Process 8-bit images as 16-bit: When enabled, 8-bit images are handled in a 16-bit space to reduce processing artifacts. This is recommended unless you have a computer with low memory.
  • Scratch Folder Location: Allows you to move or reset your memory cache. This is helpful if you have a small SSD drive as your system drive. This information is purged each time you quit the application.
  • Browse Cache: Stores thumbnails previews on disk so that the next time you browse a folder it loads much faster. Here you can adjust the memory cache size or amount of information stored, empty, move or reset.

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Services

  • Services in Sources: Controls which online storage services are displayed in the Sources pane in Perfect Browse and Perfect Layers.

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Photo Via

  • Online Storage Service: Configures which cloud service account hosts the photos published to Photo Via.

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B. ON1 Browse

Getting Started

Browse is a powerful and incredibly fast photo browser and manager. It gives you one place to find, view and manage your images no matter where they are located. Browse can view the images on your computer, memory cards, external hard drives, network shares and online storage services.

Browse isn’t a database so it doesn’t have to catalog your images in order to view them. Just point it anywhere and you can view your photos. That also makes it lightning-fast. You can start to view and work with your images immediately after a shoot without having to wait for a long cataloging or importing process.

Some of the features:

  • Find your photos fast, wherever they reside on your computer:
    • Local drives
    • Network drives
    • Online storages services
  • Create a selection of images for Batch processing.
  • Fast browsing without the need of a catalog.
  • Copy, move, delete and rename files.
  • Sort, flag, star or color code your images.

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Browse Workspace

 

BrowseModule

The main window sections of Browse Module:

A Shortcuts: These are shortcuts to quickly access your photo storage locations.
B Preferences/Help icons: Use these shortcuts to access on1 help menu or your preferences.
C Folders Pane: Shows your favorite/watched folders as well as a list of local, cloud sources (including disks).
D Albums Pane: This pane allows you to create albums or collections of images.
E Filters Pane: This pane allows you to sort and search your images and your favorites.
F Recent Pane: This keeps track of recently opened files and folders.
G Breadcrumbs: This menu will show the path of your image.
H  Preview: This is your main preview window where you can view your images as thumbnails or detail view.
 I Adjusting Thumbs: Button switches from thumb to detail view and the slider adjusts the thumbnail size.
J Sort: This pop up will adjust your sort order.
K Show Sub-Folder Contents: Check this on to show sub-folder contents.
L Image Counter: This will display the number of files and folders you are viewing.
M Info Pane: This section will give you detailed information about your image when available.
N Metadata Pane: This pane will show your metadata for your selected image.
O Exif Pane: This will give you more detailed information about your selected file.
P Smart Photo History Pane: This pane will show the history of your image within the suite.
Q  Module Selector: Shortcuts to the available modules (Perfect Photo Suite only).
R  Export/Share: This is your shortcuts to export and social sharing.

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Photo Sources

The Folders Pane is where you look for your photos. It contains a list of all disk drives, mounted drives, server shares and cloud storage services on your computer.

Local Drives

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Browse automatically recognizes any disk (volume) inside or attached to your computer. This includes, hard drives in your computer, attached drive to your computer (via USB, Firewire, Thunderbolt, etc.) optical drives, USB thumb drives, digital camera memory cards, digital cameras, music players and smartphones that support USB Mass Storage, network attached services (mapped volumes on Windows).

Disks appear in the Folders pane under Local Drives with a hard drive icon next to them. Keep in mind that some disks, (like optical drives) are often read-only. You will be able to open a copy of a photo, but will be prompted to save the image to a new location.

Cloud Storage Services

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Browse supports several common cloud storage services including Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft and OneDrive. All of these services keep local copies of your images on your computer. Browse finds and monitors these locations automatically. If you edit an image stored in one of these locations they are automatically updated to the cloud. You can hide services you don’t use in the Preferences.

Browse automatically finds the default installation locations for these services. If you do not have one of these services installed, or you have it installed to a non-standard location you will be asked to install or locate the folder when you click on the source.

Navigating Sources

Each Source that contains sub-folders will have a disclosure triangle next to it. You can click on this triangle or the Source name to open or “roll down” to show the first level of sub-folders inside the Source. Sub-folders that contain folders also have disclosure triangles. This method of viewing and navigating folders is common to both the Mac OS X and Windows operating systems. The contents of the Source or sub-folder you click on will be presented in the preview area. You can also navigate folders in the Preview area or the breadcrumbs bar above it.

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Managing Files and Folders

Deleting a folder

You can use ON1 Browse to organize, delete and rename files and folders. This makes it a useful workflow tool for any photographer.

To delete a file or folder in the preview area, simply press the delete key or select delete from the right-click contextual menu.

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Confirm that you wish to move the file to the trash. If you make a mistake you can use the undo command. If you have multiple files and or folders selected it will move them all to the trash. Some files or folders, like those on a network volume must be deleted immediately and cannot be undone.

Renaming a file or folder

You can rename a file or folder by selecting it, then choose Rename from the right-click contextual menu.

If you select multiple files or folders you can batch rename them as well. You have the option to use any combination of the current filename, custom text and serial numbers.

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Creating a New Folder

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You can create a new folder from the the right-click contextual menu in the preview area or selecting new subfolder in the Edit menu. This will create a new folder inside the selected folder.

Copying and Moving filers and folders

You can copy and move files and folders in the ways you are accustomed to on your computer. You can select files and folders and use the copy command to copy them to the clipboard and then the paste command to paste them to new location, inside or outside of Browse. You can use this to copy a file or folder from one place to another or to attach an image to an email for example.

You can also use the familiar drag and drop functions to copy or move files and folders. Dragging and dropping a file or folder will move it if it is on the same drive or copy it to another drive. You can drag and drop in and out of Browse module.

Save As

You can create a copy of any image using the Save As command from the right-click contextual menu or the File menu. You can save your file in any supported format and select it’s location.

If you want to batch process multiple files use the Export feature instead.

Show in Finder / Show in Explorer

You can reveal any file or folder in an operating system file window using this command from the right-click contextual menu.

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Favorites/Watched

A Favorite/Watched folder is a shortcut for your favorite and most used folders. Additionally a folder that you have designated as a Favorite/Watched is being cached in the background to improve the speed of loading those folder and their photos. If you choose to create a Smart Album the parameters set will only scan folders that you have designated as Favorites/Watched.

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You can create your own favorites by pressing the plus icon at the top of the folders pane. An open dialog will appear where you can navigate to the folder you wish to add as a favorite. You can also remove a favorite by right clicking on the Folder in the pane and clicking remove favorite.

You can also add a favorite by simply dragging it into the “Drag Your Favorites Here” hotspot at the bottom of the pane.

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Albums

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Use Albums to organize or keep track of photos on a project, event or even a broader category like a portfolio. Smart Albums abide by a set of parameters or credentials you have configured. A regular album is a collection of images you select to be placed in the album.

Creating an Album

  1. Click the + icon to create a new Album. (You can also create an Album by first selecting photos and dragging them into the designated area at the bottom.)

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Creating a Smart Album

  1. Click the + icon to create a new Smart Album.
  2. Ratings & Labels: Set the criteria for the album with like and dislike, star ratings and/or color labels.
  3. Date Range: Choose the time period in which the other criteria is eligible.
  4. Search: Create a custom search query based on metadata.

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You can edit the Smart Album later by right clicking on the Smart Album in the pane and choosing edit.

Adding photos to an existing Album 
There are multiple ways to add photos including:
1. Dragging and dropping a photo on the Album
2. Right click > Add to Album
3. Copy and paste
4. Using the Menu at the top Album > Add

Delete an Album
1. Right click on the Album > Delete

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Photo Via

Sync your photos between ON1 Photo 10 and your iOS device with our companion app Photo Via. Using an iOS device you can get your portfolio organized. Certain metadata can be edited from either the Desktop or iOS app and will sync automatically mirroring one another.

Supported two way sync elements:

  • Star Ratings
  • Like/Dislike

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  1. In the menu bar Click Photo Via > Configure
  2. Choose your cloud service. Dropbox and Google offer a free storage. If you do not have an existing account—create one for free. (Dropbox 2GB free or Google 15GB free).
  3. Sign in using your Google or Dropbox login credentials and give the computer a name

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  1. Create an Album or Smart Album
  2. Right click on the Album name in the Album pane and click Publish to Photo Via.

Getting Photo Via on your iOS DevicePhoto Via

  1. Open the App Store on your iOS device
  2. Search “Photo Via”
  3. Install.
  4. Sign in using the same credentials you supplied with the Desktop configuration.

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Recent Pane

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 10.01.58 AMThe Recent Pane keeps track of recently opened files or manually browsed folders.  Files are listed in order of last opened. If you have not opened any files this pane will be empty. You can quickly access your most recent files in this pane by clicking on the one you want and it will appear in your main preview window. Keep in mind the Recent pane only shows files you have opened directly from ON1 Photo 10, not files you have sent to ON1 Photo 10 from Lightroom, Aperture or Photoshop.

You can clear the recent file list by pressing the trash can icon.

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Working in Thumbnail View

 The Thumbnail area is the largest part of the main window and it is responsible for displaying thumbnails of folders and images you have selected using the Folder Pane.
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A    Use the breadcrumbs to quickly return to the root or click “back” to return one folder.
B   Select your image while in thumbview and choose module to open.
C   Change the viewing mode between thumbnail and detail view.
D    Adjust the size of the thumbnails using the slider or use “-/+” keys on your keyboard.
E    Sort the thumbnails by filename or date using the pull down menu.
F    Check on show sub-folder contents when you want to view all folders.
G When Previewing images at full screen you can move to the next image by using the arrows.

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Persistent Thumbnail Cache

Browse will cache thumbnails and/or preview images as well as extracted metadata. This will make it faster the second time a user browses a folder. It also stores user added or adjusted metadata such as ratings, labels, keywords, captions, rotation, etc.


Through the Preferences pane you can adjust the size of the cache and change the storage location.

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Working in Detail View

 

In Detail View you can see a full-screen version of your photo. By default when you go to Detail View, your images will be displayed in fit mode, so you can see the entire image. However you can click on the image to zoom in to 100% or actual pixels. This is useful for judging small details and sharpness. Single-clicking on a image that is magnified will return back to fit mode. You can click and drag a magnified image to look around. Your zoom mode is maintained as you move from image to image so you can compare the same spot in several frames.

In the Navigator pane you can reposition the preview and change the magnification amount.

In the footer of detail view you can view and adjust the Like, Star Rating and Color label for the current image.

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Fast Preview Mode

 
Fast Preview mode allows you to view large previews from Raw files very quickly. It does this by extracting embedded previews from the Raw files rather than processing the full-sized image. The size of the embedded preview is controlled by the camera manufacture. In many cases the embedded preview is the same size as the full image. In some cases it is smaller. When this happens a small alert icon appears in the footer of detail view. If you need to zoom into 100%, press this icon to generate a full-sized preview.

The embedded preview uses the in-camera processing. When you open the full-sized Raw file it may appear different as the Raw processing in ON1 Photo 10 is different than the camera manufactures. If you prefer that the previews always match, you can disable Fast Preview mode by pressing the button in the footer of detail view.

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Using the Info Pane

 The Info Pane displays common metadata for the currently selected file.  You can view complete metadata in the Metadata Pane . This information may include:
  • Camera Make and Model
  • Focal Length of the Lens
  • Capture Date and Time
  • File Type
  • GPS
  • ISO
  • Shutter Speed
  • Aperture
  • Exposure Compensation
  • Filename
  • Color Space
  • Image Dimensions and Resolution
  • Image Size and Bit Depth
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  If any of the metadata fields are unavailable they will be left blank.

GPS Metadata

If your image has GPS metadata embedded in it, the GPS button will appear. Clicking on this button will open the default web browser to Google Maps and navigate to the location where the image was taken.  

 

 

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Metadata

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 3.54.15 PMThe Metadata Pane allows you to view and add important metadata about your photo. This can include your copyright and contact information as well as keywords and descriptions. You can also view your camera settings (EXIF) and view and edit IPTC metadata used by journalists and stock photographers. You can change the metadata in multiple images at the same time by selecting them all, then changing a metadata field.

 

Embedding Metadata
Metadata you add in Browse is stored in industry standard XMP sidecar files for RAW files. This facilitates the transfer of metadata to any application that supports XMP. When you edit an image, create a copy of an image for editing or use the Send to command the metadata is embedded into the file automatically (with the exception of camera RAW files). You can manually embed your metadata into images using the embed metadata command from the Photos menu. This will open each image you have selected, update the metadata and re-save it. This is supported for TIF, PSD, PSB and JPG files. Camera Raw and PNG files do not support direct embedding of metadata.

 

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Ratings, Labels and Likes

Using the industry-standard rating and label system, it is fast to sort and cull your favorites from the throw-away shots. Browse offers three ways, aside from keywords and sub-folders, to mark and group similar images. All of these methods may be set several ways including; From the Photo menu, the right-click contextual menu, clicking the badges on the image thumbnail or in the footer of Image view. There are also keyboard shortcuts associated with each classification option.

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  • Star Ratings: Set from Zero to Five stars. Photographers often use five stars for their favorite images and one star for images they don’t want to keep. You can adjust the rating using the 1-5 keys on the keyboard. You can also clear the stars with the ` key.
  • Color Labels: There are five color labels as well. Color labels are a great way to mark sub-sets of images for special handling. You can set the color ratings with the 6-0 keys.
  • Likes: The most common need for photographers is to mark their favorite images and the ones they want to delete. This is best accomplished with the Like classification. There are three clear options, Like, Dislike and not set. You can set your Liked images with the P keyboard shortcut, your Dislikes with the X key and clear the settings with the U key.

Both star ratings and color labels are industry standards. When you use these tools, the settings are stored in the metadata and will be available in other photo editors and managers, like Lightroom. Likes are proprietary and will only appear in Browse.

 

 

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Filters

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 3.35.07 PMThe Filters pane allows you to find just the photos you want in your current folder. It will search for any photos that match the criteria you set. Photos must match ALL of the set criteria to be found. To use the Filter pane follow these steps:

  • Make sure you have the folder of images you are interested in viewing selected in the folders pane.
  • Turn the Filter pane on.
  • Set your filter criteria.

You can filter your photos using the following options:

  • Liked, disliked or not set.
  • Star ratings from zero to five. You can also control if you want it to show only the exact number of stars or greater than or equal to, or less than or equal to the set number of stars.
  • Color Labels
  • Date Range. There are several preset relative date ranges or you can set your own defined date range.
  • Text search. You can type into the search field to find images that contain the text in the filename, keywords or description.
  • Search My Favorites: Turn on to only filter folders that your in your favorites/watched.

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Sent to

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 4.26.08 PMON1 Browse lets you send images you are viewing to other applications for editing. This is done via the Send to option, which is available from the right-click contextual menu or the Edit menu. ON1 Browse automatically detects the following common photo managers or editors and lists the latest installed version:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  • Apple Aperture
  • Other Application

You can also set-up any application you want to send your photos to. Simply select the Send to Other Application option. Then select the application you want to send your photos to. The application will be remembered and listed with your other Send to options. For example, if you use an email client you can add it to easily email photos.

 

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Smart Photo History

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 4.35.55 PMThe Smart Photo History pane displays all of the Smart Layers inside of a Smart Photo. For each Smart Layer it lists what modules have been applied to it.

Re-Edit a Smart Photo

  • Select the Smart Photo in ON1 Browse.
  • In the Smart Photo History Pane, double-click on the module you want to re-edit.
  • The photo will open in the selected module with the settings and masks as they where when you saved the image.
  • Adjust your settings or masks and press the Save and Close button.
  • Your image will be returned to Browse and you will see your changes applied.

Manage Smart Layers

If you want to turn off, or delete a Smart Layer, open the image in Layers and use the Layers pane. Here you can edit, hide or delete modules from each Smart Layer in a Smart Photo.

 

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Menus

 

ON1 Photo (Mac OS X Only)

About ON1 Photo: Opens the about box, displays your version number and activation code. (Help menu on Windows)
Preferences: Opens the preferences dialog. (Edit menu on Windows)
Quit ON1 Photo: Quits On1 Photo.

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File Menu

Browse Folder: Opens the browse dialog where you can select which folder you would like to browse.
Browse Home: Navigates to home.
Browse Desktop: Navigates to your desktop.
Add Favorite: Opens the add favorite dialog that you can add a favorite folder permanently to the Sources pane.
Remove Favorite: Removes a favorite from the favorite/watched pane.
Manage Extras: Opens the Extras Manager where you can import and manage extras like Borders, Backgrounds, Textures and Presets.
Save As: Brings the save as dialog up.
Edit in: Will launch the module with the file you have currently selected.
Send to: Will send your file to selected application.
Export: Opens the export side panel.
Print: Opens up the print dialog box.

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Edit Menu

Undo: Removes the last file operation.
Redo: Redoes the undo operation. This is only available if the last thing you did was an undo.
Select All: Selects all the images in the current folder.
Select None: Deselects all the images in the current folder.
Deselect: Deselects the current item.
Copy: Copies the currently selected items.
Paste: Pastes (copies) the items in the clipboard to the current location.
Rename: Renames the selected file or folder.
Delete: Moves the selected files and/or folders to the trash.
Add Subfolder: Adds a new empty subfolder inside the current selected folder.

 

View Menu

Smaller Thumbnails: Decreases the size of thumbnails.
Bigger Thumbnails: Increases the size of the thumbnails.
Square Thumbnails: Changes your thumbs to square.
Always Show Filename: Keeps the file name on at all times.
Disable Filters: Enables/Disables filter pane.
Filter by Label: Filters images by color.
Filter by Rating: Filters images by star rating.
Filter by Likes: Filters images by likes/dislikes.
Reset Filters: Resets your filters.
Sort: Sort by filename or date.
View Mode: Select from thumbnail or detail view.
Preview Background Color: Change the preview background color.

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Album Menu

Create Album: Creates a new Album.
Create Smart Album: Creates a new Smart Album.
Rename Album: Renames selected Album.
Delete Album
: Deletes selected Album.
Add to Album: Provides list of Albums to add selected photos to.
Remove from album: Removes selected photo(s) from Album.

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Window Menu

Minimize: Minimizes ON1.
Zoom: Zooms your window. 
Full Screen Mode: Enters or exits full-screen mode.
Folders
: Opens and closes the folders pane.
Albums: Opens and closes the album pane.
Filters: Opens and closes the filters pane.
Recent: Opens and closes the recent pane.
Info: Open and closes the info pane.
Metadata: Open and closes the metadata pane.
Smart Photo History: Opens and closes the smart photo pane.
Show Browse Panel: Hides or reveals the left Browse Panel.
Show Photo Panel:  Hides or reveals the right Photo Panel.
Hide Panels: Hides or reveals both the left and the right Panels.

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Help Menu

Search: Searches the menus (Mac OSX only).
Browse Online Help: Opens this html Help in your default web browser.
Video Tutorials: Opens the online Video Tutorial in your default web browser.
Getting Started: Opens the online Getting Started overlay.
Keyboard Shortcuts: Opens the keyboard shortcut inspector.
Check for  Updates: Checks with the ON1 update server to see if you are running the current version. If there is a newer version you will be notified and be walked through the update process.
Deactivate: Opens the activation dialog. These are used to deactivate your software for moving it to another computer or for a return.
Registration: Opens the default web browser and navigates to the registration page of the ON1 website.
Provide Feedback: Opens the default web browser and navigates to the feedback page of the ON1 website.
Help Improve ON1 Products: Opens the Improve ON1 Products dialog.

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Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts

There are keyboard short-cuts to make it faster to access common buttons and menu items. It also uses many of the keyboard shortcuts that Photoshop uses, making it intuitive to learn. Here is a list of the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts:

Action  Mac  Win
 Print  cmd p  ctl p
 Undo  cmd z  ctl z
 Redo  cmd shift z  ctl shift z
 Cut  cmd x  ctl x
 Copy  cmd c  ctl c
 Paste  cmd v  ctl v
 Invert Mask  cmd i  ctl i
 Save Preset  cmd shift s  ctl shift s
 Next Browser View Mode  cmd b  ctl b
 Navigate Browser Selection  Arrow Keys  Arrow Keys
 Open Selected Category  Right Arrow  Right Arrow
 Close Selected Category  Left Arrow  Left Arrow
 Show Clipping  opt j  alt j
  Preview Modes
– Single Image
cmd Y  ctl Y
 Show Mask  o  o
 Navigator/Loupe/Histogram  cmd 1  ctl 1
 Filter Stack  cmd 2  ctl 2
 Filter Options  cmd 3  ctl 3
 Show Browser Panel  cmd left arrow  ctl left arrow
 Show Control Panel  cmd right arrow  ctl right arrow
 Hide Panels  tab  tab
 Fullscreen Mode  cmd ctl f  F11
 Keyboard Shortcuts  cmd shift k  ctl shift k
 Select Masking Brush  b  b
 Select Masking Bug  m  m
 Select Hand Tool  h  h
 Select Zoom Tool  z  z
 Zoom-In  cmd +  ctl +
 Zoom-Out  cmd –  ctl –
 Actual Pixels  cmd opt 0  ctl alt 0
 Fit to Screen  cmd 0  ctl 0
 Brush Size  larger ]
smaller [
larger ]
smaller [
 Brush Feather softer shift ]
harder shift [
softer shift ]
harder shift [
 Brush Opacity opt 1 (10%)
opt 2 (20%)
opt 0 (100%)
etc or
opt ]
opt [
opt 1 (10%)
opt 2 (20%)
opt 0 (100%)
etc or
alt ]
alt [
 Toggle Perfect Brush  cmd r  ctl r
 Toggle Tool Mode  x  x
 Temp Select Hand Tool  Hold Space  Hold Space
 Temp Toggle Tool Mode  hold opt  hold ctl
 Temp Toggle Clipping View  j  j
 Show Preview  \  \
 Show Quick View Browser  cmd up arrow  ctl up arrow

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C. ON1 Layers

Layers Workspace

Layers provides you with an easy-to-use work space for editing your photos. Below is an overview of the main sections.

The Main Window:

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The main window sections of Layers:

A. Browser Section: This where you browse and select your images to open.
B. Tool Well: This is where the tools are located.
C. Preview Window: This is the main section where you preview and work on images.
D. Tool Options Bar: This strip above the preview window contains the options for the selected tool.
E. Navigator, Loupe Histogram and Info Pane.
F. Layers Pane: This is where you control the layer order and apply blending modes.
G. Module Selector: This is where you select other modules to work in.
H. Close & Save Buttons: This is one way to save or close the current image.

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Layers Tool Well

Layers Tool Well

There are sixteen different tools in the tool well.

More details about each tool are covered in the following chapters, click on a tool title to learn how to use it.

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 Move Tool  This moves and changes the size and rotation of your layer.
 Crop Tool  This crops your image.
 Trim Tool  This trims a single layer.
 Mask Brush  This masks areas using brush strokes to expose underlying layers.
 Quick Mask  This tool masks out large similar areas quickly.
 Masking Bug  This masks areas using gradients to expose underlying layers.
 Line Mask  This tool is for creating linear masks.
 Refine Brush  This tool refines the mask to cleanly mask difficult areas like hair.
 Chisel Mask  This tool moves the edge of the mask slightly to remove fringes.
 Blur Mask  This tool softens the mask slightly to blend more naturally.
 Prefect Eraser  Use this content aware brush to remove unwanted objects.
 Retouch  This retouches small imperfections.
 Clone Stamp  This tool paints over an area from a sample of another area.
 Red Eye  This tool reduces red eye.
 Hand Tool  This tool repositions your image within the preview window.
 Zoom Tool  This tool changes the magnification in the preview window.

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Navigating the Preview

ON1 Photo provides several ways to navigate and view your image in the Preview window.

The Preview Window above is the main section where you preview and work on images.

The Hand Tool is used to position the image within the Preview Window, whenever the preview zoom is larger than the viewable area.

To pan (scroll) in the Preview window:

  • Select the Hand Tool and drag the image until you locate the area you wish to view.
  • With any other tool selected, hold down the spacebar while you drag the image in the window.
Double-click the Hand tool in the Toolbar to set the image to a magnification that fits completely in the current window size.

 

Zoom Tool: Adjusts the magnification of the image in the Preview Window.

With the Zoom tool selected:

  • Click in the Preview Window to zoom in and center the image at the location clicked.
  • Click and drag in the Preview Window to draw a rectangle. The screen fills with the area within the rectangle when you release the mouse.
  • Hold the Option key (Mac) or Alt key (Win) and click to zoom out.
Double-click the Zoom tool in the Toolbar to set the image to 1:1 or 100% magnification, showing every pixel. This is best when examining small details.

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Navigator, Loupe, Histogram and Info

At the top of the control panel on the right of the main window is the Navigator | Loupe | Histogram | Info panes. It contains four useful tools for inspecting and viewing details of your image.

The Navigator Pane

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This gives you a birds-eye view of your image. The blue square region marks the image area that is visible in the preview pane. You can pan your image by clicking and dragging inside the square.

At the bottom of the Navigator pane are several Zoom presets. Click on a Zoom preset to activate.

  • FIT: Zooms to fit the current canvas size. This allows you to see your entire image.
  • 100: Zooms to 100% or actual pixels. This is best for judging small details.
  • 50: Zooms to 50%
  • 25: Zooms to 25%


The Loupe Pane

This gives you a magnified view of the section of the preview under the cursor. This allows you to view the quality of your results while maintaining a complete view of your image.

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The Histogram Pane

This gives you a color chart of the shadow, mid-tone and highlight areas based on the image RGB values. This is useful to show areas within the image that may be clipping. Clipping is when your image contains pure blacks or white and can signify loss of highlight or shadow detail.
The left side of the histogram represents the shadows, while the right represents the highlights. At the top of each end is a triangle. If the triangle is lit, there is clipping on that side of the histogram. If you click on the arrows, you will activate the clipping overlay on your image. The areas of your image with a blue overlay are pure black, while the areas with the red overlay are pure white. You can turn the clipping
view off again by clicking on one of the triangles. You can also temporarily enable clipping view by holding down the J key at any time. The clipping view is useful when you are making adjusts to the
brightness and contrast of your image.

The Histogram pane also displays the RGB values under the cursor at the bottom of the pane.

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The Info Pane

 

The info pane will display important metadata about your file including:

Camera type
File type
Focal length and lens information
Date and time captured
Exposure information
ISO
Shutter Speed
Aperture
Exposure Value
Filename
Color Space
Dimensions
File Size and Bit Depth

If your camera allows for GPS the GPS button will be viewable and you can click on it to get the GPS cordinates for where the image was taken. This feature only works if you have GPS enabled on your camera or mobile device. Otherwise you will not see the GPS button.
The Info panel is not visible when you access a Module as a Photoshop plug-in.

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Using the File Browser

Built into Layers is a file browser, located in the left panel. You can use it to browse your images as well as content you download from the ON1 website. Below is a description of the controls in the file browser.

Layers_Browser_Panel A. Browser Tabs: This switches between the Files tab and the Extras tab. The Extras tab displays the included backgrounds, borders and textures.
B. Folder Tree: This drop-down menu displays the folder path of the folder you are browsing. You can use this to quickly navigate up the folder tree. The current selected root folder is displayed here as well.
C. Search Field: Use the search field to locate files in the current sub-folder.
D. Image Thumbnails: Images are displayed as thumbnails and will have the filename and extension listed below it.
E. Resize Handle: On the right edge is a resize handle that you can drag to change the size of the browser or close it.

 

Browsing a Folder

  • You can select which folder to browse by selecting a folder in the drop down menu under Files.
  • The last folder you browsed will be remembered and displayed automatically.

Navigating the Browser

  • To open a sub-folder, click on it. To close it, click on it again.
  • Only one top-level folder can be open at a time.
  • Double-clicking on a folder sets it to the root folder and its name will appear in the folder tree drop-down.
  • The selected item, either a folder or file, will have a blue box around it.
  • You can use the up and down arrow keys to change your selection in the browser.
  • You can open or close folders using the command (control on Windows) up and down arrows.
  • You can select multiple files by holding down the shift key.

Opening Files from the Browser

  • You can open an image in the browser by double-clicking it. If you already have an image open you will be prompted to either merge the selected file as a new layer or to open it as a new file.
  • If you have multiple images selected, you can open them as layers using the Open Selected from Browser command in the File menu.

Searching for Files

  • To search for files in the currently selected folder, type in the name of the file in the search field.
  • The search results appear in a new sub-folder called search results, which will be selected automatically.
  • You can clear the search field by pressing the “x” at the right side of the search field.

Resizing and Closing the Browser

  • The browser can be resized by dragging the right side margin of the browser.
  • The browser can be closed or reopened by clicking on the arrows in the bottom corners or using the cmd (control on Windows) left and right arrow keys.

View_BrowseModeBrowser Modes

  • You can change the browser view by using the View > Browser.
  • The Browser is capable of displaying one, two or three column thumbnail views.

Extras Tab

  • The Extras tab displays add-on content including backgrounds, borders and textures.
  • When you download content packs from the ON1 website they are automatically installed in the Extras tab.

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Creating a New File and Adding Layers

You can create a new file in several ways. 

  1. Create a new, empty file from the File > New menu. The New Image dialog is presented, see the image to the right. From the New Image dialog, you have the following options:
  • Name The name of the image.
  • Preset: Lists a range of preset image dimensions for common print sizes.
  • Width: Sets the width. There is a drop-down menu that includes inches, cm and pixels.
  • Height: Sets the height. There is a drop-down menu that includes inches, cm and pixels.
  • Swap Dimensions button: Pressing this button will swap the current width and height.
  • Resolution: Sets the resolution of the image. 
  • Color Space: Sets the color space (icc profile) of the image. The default is set based on the user preferences. Only RGB color space profiles are available.
  • Bit Depth: Sets the bit depth of the image, either 8-bit or 16-bit.

2. Merge one or more images together using the Add Layer from File command.
3. Merge one or more images together using the Lightroom or Aperture plug-ins or external editor option.
4. Dragging one or more images onto the Layers icon.

 Adding Layers from Files
 You may add images (flat or layered) as layers into an open file by:

  1. Using the Add Layer from File command from the File menu.
  2. Opening a file from the Browser or the Browse module and choosing the Add as a layer option.
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 Working with Tabs
Each photo you open in Layers is contained in its own tab. The tabs for each photo appears at the top of the interface. Close a tab by clicking on the “X” icon.

How do I combine two tabs in to one?
In Tab 1 choose Layer > Copy Layer.  Click to switch to Tab 2 and choose Layer > Paste Layer.

Close first tab by clicking “X”.

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Adjusting Canvas Size

The canvas size, or image size is the aperture through which you view the layers. An image may have layers that are larger than the canvas size and are partially hidden by the canvas size aperture.

  • When creating a new empty file from the File > New dialog, an arbitrary size is set by you. When creating a new image, you have the option to set the resolution.
  • When creating a new PSD file by merging other files together using the Add Layer from File command, the source image that has the largest pixel dimensions will become the bottom most layer and will set the canvas size. The canvas size is adjustable by the user.
  • When opening an existing PSD file, the canvas size is already set. The canvas size is adjustable by the user by accessing the Canvas Size dialog from the Edit menu.

Layer image data outside the canvas area is maintained.

Adjusting the Canvas Size

  1. In the top section, current size, displays the current canvas size and is non-editable.
  2. Below the Current Size is the New Size section. It displays the current width and height and is editable.
      • There is a drop-down menu with options for pixels, inches and cm.
      • There are width and height fields where you can adjust the canvas size.
      • The canvas size dialog does not interpolate (resize all the layers at the same time). This is the same as the image size dialog box in Photoshop when the resize image option is disabled.
      • There is a lock proportions toggle that locks the width and height proportions together. Adjusting the width will change the height proportionally. This option is on by default.
      • At the top of the new size section is a pop-up called Set To.

    The values in the pop-up are; Current Layer, All Layers and Custom.

      • When a user selects the current layer option, the width and height are set to the size of the currently selected layer(s).
      • If the user selects all layers, the width and height are set to the union of all the layers, making all the pixels on all layers visible in the canvas.
      • If the user selects one of the layer size options and then manually overrides them, the pop-up changes to custom.

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The Layers Pane

Layers are listed in the Layers Pane, located in the right column. It lists the layers and contains the controls to adjust them.

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You may change the visibility of a layer (hide it) by pressing the eye icon to the left of the layer thumbnail. This will hide a layer without deleting it. You can hide all layers except the current layer by holding the option (Mac OS X) or alt (Windows) key when clicking on the eye icon. This is especially useful for viewing the bottom most layer, which in some cases is the original image. This acts like a before and after preview.

Changing Layer Order

You may change the order of layers by dragging and dropping layers into the order you prefer. You may select multiple layers at the same time by holding down the command (Mac OS X) or control (Windows) key while clicking.

Renaming Layers

You can rename a layer by double-clicking on it. The name turns into an editable field. Type in your preferred name and press enter. When merging files together the layer name is the name of the source image. This is a useful verification of the source image.

Deleting a Layer

You may delete a layer by selecting the layer, then pressing the Delete button . You may also use the Delete key on your keyboard or right click on layer>Delete.

Duplicating a Layer

You may duplicate or copy the current layer by pressing the Copy button . You may also use the command (Mac OS X) or control (Windows) + J keyboard shortcut or right click on layer>delete.

Merging Layers

You may merge layers by selecting them and then pressing the Merge button . You may also use the command (Mac OS X) or control (Windows) + E keyboard shortcut or right click on layer>delete.

Creating Color Fill Layers

Color Fill Layers are new layers filled with a solid color. They are useful for altering the color and tone of the image. To create a Color Fill Layer, press the Fill button or right click on layer>new color fill layer.

Convert to a Smart Layer

You can convert any layer into a Smart Layer, if the image is a Smart Photo. This allows you to re-edit any settings you add to a layer in modules like Effects.

Changing Blending Modes

Blending modes determine how the selected layer blend with the layer(s) below it. The default blending mode is normal. This maintains the full opacity of the upper layer. Layers also supports many other blending modes which can be used to alter the brightness, contrast and color of the image by combining either a copy of the underlying layer or a Color Fill Layer.

Changing Opacity

The opacity slider controls how opaque or how strong the selected layer is. The default is 100%. At lower settings, the layer will blend with the layer(s) under it. Altering the blending mode and opacity of a layer can create a wide range of color and tone effects.

Layer Masks

If you use any of the masking tools, a layer mask will be created automatically. A layer mask appears as white thumbnail next to the layer icon. There is no need to select the layer mask to work on it, invert it or reset it. Think of it as always selected with the layer. You can also copy and paste Layer Masks from the Layers menu or by dragging and dropping them from layer to layer.

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Transforming Layers

 Transform ToolThe Transform Tool is located at the top of the tool well. It is used to manipulate the image and layers.

A layer may be repositioned, sized or rotated using the Transform Tool. When the Transform Tool is selected, transform handles will appear on the edges of the selected layer. You use these transform handles to manipulate the image. You can only transform one layer at a time.

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Repositioning a Layer

To reposition a layer, simply click and drag inside the transform box. You can also use the keyboard arrow keys to nudge a layer one pixel in any direction.

Resizing a Layer

To resize a layer, click and drag on any of the transform handles. Clicking on a corner handle allows you to adjust two sides simultaneously. Clicking on a side handle allows you to adjust that side. If you hold the shift key down while adjusting the size, the proportions of the layer are maintained. If you hold down the option (Mac OS X) or alt (Windows) key while resizing your image will resize from the center instead of from the edge. You can hold down both the shift and option or alt simultaneously to resize, proportionally from the center.

You can type in the size you desire in the Tool Options Bar (see below) in the width and height fields. You can also size a layer to fill the canvas automatically by pressing the Fill button in the Inspector.

 

The Tool Options Bar

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Rotating a Layer

To rotate a layer, move the Transform Tool just outside a corner transform handle. Notice that the tool cursor changes to a rotate cursor. Now click and drag to rotate the layer. You can also use the opt (alt) left and right arrow keys to rotate a layer when the transform tool is selected. To rotate the layer quickly in 90 degree increments, you can use the rotate left and rotate right buttons in the Tool Options Bar.

Flipping a Layer

You can flip a layer either horizontally or vertically by pressing the flip buttons in the Tool Options Bar.

When you have completed your transforms you need to commit the changes. You can do this by pressing the Apply button that appears in the Tool Options Bar or by pressing the enter key. You can cancel a transform by pressing the Cancel button in the Tool Options Bar or by pressing the escape key.

 

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Crop Tool

Crop Crop Tool: This is used to crop and resize the entire image. The crop tool removes any pixels outside a crop box and changes the canvas size at the same time.

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To crop the image, select the Crop Tool from the tool well. Then adjust the corner handles of the crop tool overlay. The area outside the crop box appears darkened for guidance. You can resize and move the image inside the crop box. When you are satisfied with your settings, press the Apply button in the Tool Options Bar or press enter.

Moving the Image: To move the image inside the crop box, simply click and drag inside the box. You can also nudge the image using the arrow keys on your keyboard.

Resizing a Crop Box: To resize the Crop Box, click and drag on any of the resize handles. Clicking on a corner handle allows you to adjust two sides at the same time. Clicking on a side handle allows you to adjust that side. If you hold the shift key down while adjusting the size, the proportions of the box are maintained. To rotate the crop box, move outside a corner until the tool changes to rotate. You can also set the aspect ratio or size of the crop box in the tool options bar.

*The Crop tool is not available when using a Smart Photo.

Crop Tool Options Bar:

Preset pop-up: Pop-up controls the crop tool mode as well as aspect ratio and document size presets.
Width
: Sets the width of the crop box.
Swap Dimensions: Swaps the width and height. Handy for rotating the crop box.
Height: Sets the height of the crop box.
Units: Determines the unit of measure: Pixels, inches, centimeters, etc.
Leveling Tool: Click and drag this tool across an element in your image that should be level.
Angle: See and adjust the angle of rotation.
Rotate: Rotates the image 90 degrees.
Cancel: Resets the crop tool.
Apply: Applies the crop and resizes your photo.

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The Crop Tool works in three modes:

Aspect Ratio: You can lock the crop box to an aspect ratio. This makes sure the crop box shape doesn’t change, just the size. Use this option to trim existing pixels while maintaining a ratio without resizing the image.

Document Size Presets: Document Size Presets allow you to crop and resize your image at the same time. If you know your intent is to print the image at a certain size you can crop and resize the image at the same time. Many common sizes are included plus you can create your own.

The Crop Tool has a special Leveling Tool for automatically adjusting your image to be level. Select the Crop Tool. Select the Leveling Tool from the Crop Tool Options Bar. Your cursor will change to the Leveling Tool. Click and drag a line across your image that should be level, either horizontally or vertically. When you release the mouse the image will be adjusted automatically to the correct angle.

 

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Trimming Layers

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The trim tool is used to trim or crop a layer. It removes any pixels outside of a crop-style box for the current layer.

Using the Trim Tool

To trim a layer, select the Trim Tool from the tool well. It looks like a pair of scissors. Then drag a box over the area you wish to keep on the selected layer. The area outside the trim box appears darkened for guidance. You can resize and move the trim box. When you are satisfied with your settings, press the Apply button in the Tool Options Bar.

Moving the Trim Box

To move the Trim Box simply click and drag inside the box. You can also nudge the box using the arrow keys on your keyboard.

Resizing a Trim Box

To resize the Trim Box, click and drag on any of the resize handles. Clicking on a corner handle allows you to adjust two sides simultaneously. Clicking on a side handle allows you to adjust that side. If you hold the shift key down while adjusting the size, the proportions of the box are maintained. You cannot rotate a Trim Box. You can manually enter the size of the trim box in pixels using the width and height fields in the Tool Options Bar (see below).

When you have completed your adjustments, you need to commit the changes. You can do this by pressing the Apply button that appears in the Tool Options Bar or by pressing the enter key. You can cancel a transform by pressing the Cancel button in the Tool Options Bar or by pressing the escape key.

The Trim Tool Options Bar:

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  • Width: Shows current pixels of the trim area width.
  • Height: Shows the current pixels of the trim area height.

 

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Using Color Fill Layers

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Color Fill Layers provide fast, re-editable ways to alter the brightness, contrast and color of your image. Color Fill Layers leverage the power of layers, blending modes and opacity. Color Fill Layers are simply layers filled with a solid color. However by changing the color, blending mode and opacity along with Perfect Layer’s masking tools you can do the following:

  • Create a burn or dodge layer to selectively lighten or darken the image.
  • Convert the image to black and white.
  • Tint the image any color.
  • Add a vignette.
  • Simulate photographic filters like warming and cooling.
  • Create darkroom looks like sepia toner.

Creating Color Fill Layer

To create a Color Fill Layer, press the Fill button in the Layers Pane or use the New Color Fill Layer command from the Layers menu. The Color Fill Layer dialog will appear. With this dialog you can select a preset or manually adjust the color, blending mode and opacity of the Color Fill Layer.

Preset: This pop-up list contains presets for many common filter effects. Select a preset from the menu to preview it on your image.
Fill Color: This displays the current color. You may press the color box to open a color picker dialog. Selecting new colors in the color well will be previewed in realtime on the image.
Blending Mode: This option sets the blending mode for the layer.  You can always change this later from the Layers pane.
Opacity: This slider sets the opacity for the layer. You can think of this as a strength slider for the effect. You can always change this later from the Layers pane.

Editing a Color Fill Layer

You can edit an existing Color Fill Layer by using the Edit Color Fill Layer option from the Layers menu. It will reopen the Color Fill Layer dialog where you can adjust the settings. Color Fill Layers work similar to a regular layer. You can move, resize, rotate, trim, delete and duplicate them.

Masking a Color Fill Layer

You can mask, or selectively apply a Color Fill Layer using any of the masking tools in Perfect Layers, similar to any other layer. To learn how to mask a layer, see the Masking Layers section.

 

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Perfect Eraser

The Perfect Eraser can be used to remove distracting elements and blemishes from your image.

How it Works

The Perfect Eraser employs a content aware algorithm that replaces the pixels with a natural and plausible result within the boundaries that are painted.

Using the Perfect Eraser

Activate the tool by selecting it in the Tool-Well.  Simply paint over the area you wish to remove. Make sure you cover the entire area.  A red overlay appears where you paint.

Tool Options Bar

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Size: Controls the rise of the brush

Pressure Adjusts Size: If you have a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet, you can adjust the size of the brush according to the pressure. Click on the “W” in the box to activate the Wacom sensitivity controls.

If the first attempt does not give you a perfect result, simply paint over it again and it will improve with each pass. You can also fine tune the area after using the Retouch Brush.

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Retouch Brush

Retouch Brush: Use the Retouch Brush to remove small imperfections like dust or blemishes.

 

Just dab the retouch brush on spots like acne, dust spots, power lines, etc. It looks at the neighboring areas and fills in the brush with similar color and texture. It is best to use the smallest brush size possible and to work by dabbing rather than making large brush strokes. If you dab with the Retouch Brush and don’t like the results, use the undo command and try using a smaller brush or vary your brush stroke and try again. The Retouch Brush is perfect for retouching skin.

Retouch Brush using the Tool Options Bar:

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  • Brush Size: This adjusts the overall size of the brush.
  • Brush Feather: This adjusts the hardness of the brush. It works best to use a feather larger than 50 to blend and look natural.
  • Brush Opacity: This adjusts how strong the retouching is. Use 100% to completely remove an imperfection. Use a lower opacity to soften them.
  • Pressure Adjusts Size: If you have a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet, you can adjust the size of the brush according to the pressure. Click on the “W” in the box to activate the Wacom sensitivity controls.

 

 

 

 

 

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Clone Stamp

Clone Stamp: Use this tool for replacing an area of the image with a sample area from a different part of the image.

 

This will allow you to select an area to clone. Hold down the option (Mac) or alt key (Win) and click the area you want to clone from. Then click and drag on the area you want to clone over and it will clone from the point you selected.

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You can control the Retouch Brush using the Tool Options Bar:

  • Brush Size: This adjusts the overall size of the brush.
  • Brush Feather: This adjusts the hardness of the brush. It works best to use a feather larger than 50 to blend and look natural.
  • Brush Opacity: This adjusts how strong the retouching is. Use 100% to completely remove an imperfection. Use a lower opacity to soften them.
  • Pressure Adjusts Size: If you have a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet, you can adjust the size of the brush according to the pressure. Click on the “W” in the box to activate the Wacom sensitivity controls.

 

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Red-Eye Tool

Red-Eye Tool: To instantly reduce red-eye.

 

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The Red-Eye Tool is the perfect tool for eliminating or reducing red eye in your images. It’s a simple one-click stamp that will immediately take care of red eye.

You start by selecting the red eye brush in your tool well. Next adjust your brush size to be as close to the same size as the red eye you are wanting to remove. Then place the brush right over the eye and click once to remove.

Red Eye Tool Options Bar

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  • Size: Controls the size of the brush
  • Protect Skin: Protects red eye on skin or flesh tones

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Mask Preview Modes

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  • Mask preview modes allow you to view your mask in Grayscale or Red Overlay.
  • Turn the mask preview on by clicking the mask preview button located at the bottom.
  • Change the mask preview mode under View > Mask View Mode.

 

 

 

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Using the Masking Brush

  The Masking Brush: The Masking Brush functions like a brush tool for masking layers.
The Masking Brush is one of two tools in ON1 Layers for masking filters. When you select the Masking Brush, your tool icon changes to a circle that represents the size of the brush. It may also appear as two concentric circles (see image), indicating the inner hard edge and outer soft edge of the brush if the feather control is set above zero. There is also either a plus or minus in the center of the brush. Minus means the brush mode is set to paint-out, plus means it is set to paint-in.  
 

How to use the Masking Brush
 
To use the Masking Brush, select it in the tool well. Make sure you are on the effect you wish to hide. Then check your brush mode and confirm it is set to Paint-Out. You are ready to mask now, simply paint on the image in the areas you wish to hide. As you brush, you will see the underlying effect(s) appear. If you make a mistake while brushing you have several options to correct them:

  • First you can use the Undo command from the edit menu. This will undo the last brush stroke you created.
  • You can toggle the paint mode to Paint-In and brush over your mistake.

The Masking Brush Tool Options Bar

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  • Paint Mode: The paint mode controls if you are Painting-Out (hiding the effect) or Painting-In (restoring the effect). You can tell your current mode by looking at the plus or minus icon in the center of the brush. If the icon is minus, you are painting out. If the icon is a plus, you are painting-in.  You can change the mode in the Tool Options Bar, or by pressing the X key, or by holding down the option (alt) key temporarily.
  • Invert Mask: Invert swaps the hidden areas for the visible areas. What was hidden is now revealed and vice-versa. Inverting a mask can be very useful. It allows you to paint a layer in, rather than out, which is handy if you only want to work with a small area. You can invert the mask by pressing the Invert button in the Tool Options Bar.
  • Reset Mask: Reseting a mask reveals the entire layer it is associated with. You can reset the mask by pressing the Reset button in the Tool Options Bar.
  • Erase Brush Strokes: This is a special mode used when retouching the mask created by a Masking Bug. It allows you to erase your brush strokes made with the Masking Brush while maintaining the mask from the Masking Bug.

Brush Size

You can control the size of the brush using the Size pop-up in the Tool Options Bar. You use a small brush at high magnification for precise work and a large brush at fit to screen for general work. To the right, you can see examples of brush strokes at varying sizes. You can control the size of the brush several ways:

  • Use the Size pop-up in the Tool Options Bar.
  • Use the left and right bracket keys ( [  ] ).
  • Use the mouse scroll wheel (preferences must be set to this).
  • Use your Wacom pressure sensitive tablet.

Feather

You control the amount of feathering or hardness of the brush by using the Feather pop-up in the Tool Options Bar. The feather has a range from 1 to 100 percent. You use a small feather at high magnification for precise, hard-edged work and a large, soft-edged brush at fit to screen for general work. You can visually see your feather by watching the outer concentric circle of the brush tool. To the right you can see examples of different feather options. You can control the size of the brush several ways:

  • Use the Feather pop-up in the Tool Options Bar.
  • Use the shift + left and right bracket keys ( [  ] ).

Opacity

You can control the opacity, or strength of the brush with the Opacity pop-up in the Tool Options Bar. Think of the opacity as the shade of gray you are painting with. The opacity has a range from 1 to 100 percent. You use a high opacity to paint quickly and hide large areas. You use a lower opacity for blending areas together or for subtle work. To the right you can see examples of different opacity options. You can control the size of the brush several ways:

  • Use the Opacity pop-up in the Tool Options Bar.
  • Use the option (Mac OSX) or alt (Windows) + 0-9 keys.
  • Use your Wacom pressure sensitive tablet.

Wacom® Controls


ON1 Layers supports pressure sensitive Wacom tablets. When you use the Masking Brush you can enable pressure sensitive controls for the brush size, brush opacity, or both simultaneously. Click on the W button next to each control in the Tool Options Bar to activate the pressure sensitive controls.

The harder you press; the greater the size or opacity will get. You can set the maximum value you want to use the Brush Size and Opacity sliders. To the right you can see examples of how pressure sensitivity can be used to control the Masking Brush.


Perfect Brush

The Perfect Brush option enables a unique, color-based, self masking technology. When enabled, as you paint with the Masking Brush it collects the colors under the center of the brush and only masks those colors. This protects the mask from being applied across edges. A great of example of using the Perfect Brush option would be to mask a sky along a horizon of mountains.

Tip: You can turn the Perfect Brush on and off using the command or control -r keyboard shortcut. You can also temporarily lock the color to remove by holding down the control key(win) or the command key(mac). This is useful when brushing through areas with a lot of openings like tree branches. 

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Quick Mask Tool

Quick Mask Tool: Used to mask large similar areas quickly.

The Quick Mask Tool is often the best place to start your masks. It automatically masks large similar areas without the need to brush over everything. You just need to brush loosely over what you want to mask to give it a hint. It then figures out the rest on its own.

To use the Quick Mask Tool follow these steps:

  1. Select the Quick Mask Tool from the Tool-well.
  2. Make sure the tool mode is set to Paint Out.
  3. Loosely brush over the area you want to mask. This could be a background you want to remove or a sky or an area you want to remove an effect from. When you release the mouse button the area is automatically expanded and masked. In simple cases your work may be done.
  4. Continue to brush over the area you want to mask in (areas that where not automatically removed). You can also try the Grow button. Stop brushing when you get to difficult areas like hair.
  5. Use the Refine Brush over difficult areas like hair to refine your mask.

Quick Mask Tool Options Bar

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  • Mode: Controls whether you want to paint out (mask) or paint in (restore). Generally you will use the paint out mode.
  • Size: Sets the size of the tool.
  • Pressure Adjusts Size: If you have a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet you can control certain parameters with pressure. Controls with a W icon next to them support this when they are turned on.
  • Box Tool: The box tool allows you to drag a box over your subject, then press return to remove anything outside the box.
  • Grow: Intelligently expands the mask to include more similar regions.
  • Invert: Inverts or flips the mask so that what was hidden is now revealed and vice versa.
  • Reset: Resets the mask to all white.

Box Mode

The Quick Mask Tool is generally used as brush but it has a second option called Box Mode. Box mode is perfect for when your subject is isolated and not touching the edges of your image. To enable Box Mode, select the Box tool in the tool options bar. Then drag a box over your subject. You can adjust the size and position of the box using the corner handles. Then hit the return key to automatically remove anything outside of the box and anything similar from inside the box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Using the Masking Bug

 Masking Bug: This is used for blending layers by creating Radial, gradient and reflected gradient mask shapes quickly.

 

Masking Bug Tool Options Bar

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Preset: The preset pop-up includes several common ways to use the Masking Bug. These presets change the current Masking Bug to match the preset.
Shape: The shape pop-up controls the shape of the Masking Bug. The shapes are center, edges, gradient and reflected gradient.
Opacity: Sets the maximum opacity or density of the mask.
Add: Adds a new Masking Bug using the current settings.
Delete: Deletes the current Masking Bug
Reset: Resets the mask on the layer completely. This removes all Masking Bugs and clears any brushing that has been done.

How to use the Masking Bug

Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 1.15.22 PMStart by adding a Masking Bug to a layer by clicking on it or pressing the Add button. Then set the Mask View mode to Mask – Grayscale. This will let you see the Masking Bug in simple black and white.

  • Move: Click the large circle and drag.
  • Size: Adjust the size of the masking bug by using the solid line.
  • Feather: Use the dashed line to adjust the feather or hardness of the mask.
  • Rotate: The handle of the center circle will rotate the mask.

Working with Multiple Masking Bugs

You can use up to six Masking Bugs per layer. Each Masking Bug is re-editable until you hit Apply and save your image.

To add another Masking Bug, to create a complex mask shape, press the Add button or click outside of the current Masking Bug while the Masking Bug tool is selected.

Only one Masking Bug may be adjusted at a time. This is the active Masking Bug. You will see the overlay controls for the active Masking Bug while your mouse is over the preview area. Inactive Masking Bugs are marked with a small circle. You can select an inactive Masking Bug by clicking on the small circle marker.

Masking Bugs are subtractive. Each Masking Bug hides more and more of the current layer. When Masking Bugs overlay each other they may hide more of the layer too. You can always use the Masking Brush to over-ride and paint areas back in hidden by the Masking Bugs.

 

 

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Using the Line Mask Tool

 Line Mask Tool: This tool is used to mask strait lines.
The line mask tool works great for creating linear masks that are strait sided and can include angles but not for curves.

 

Line Mask Tool Options Bar

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  • Mode: Add/Remove
  • Feather: Adjusts the feather of mask i.e. the hardness of the line transition from black to white.

 

Using the Line Mask Tool

Begin by selecting the tool from the tool well. Choose a point on the photo to begin the Mask. It is recommended you begin a point that will be good to end the line. Essentially you will be creating mask using only linear lines to create a shape. When you close the shape by clicking on the first point a paint bucket will appear and you simply click to remove the inside or outside of the shape.

1. Click once to establish the first point or anchor.
2. Move the cursor to the next point and click again to establish another anchor. A strait line from the original anchor point to the  second point will appear.

3. Continue to set points and create lines to establish the shape of the mask.

4. Close the mask snap by connect the last line to the original point.  The crosshairs will display a circle to indicate you are at the  original anchor point.
5. A paint bucket icon will appear. Click once on either the inside or outside to remove or add.

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Refining Masks

There are several tools in Perfect Photo Suite that may be used to refine or clean-up a mask.


Refine Brush: This tool cleans up intricate areas and the borders between the Keep and Drop Brush.

 

 

The Refine Brush is used to clean up the borders between the subject and background as well as intricate areas like hair, lace, mesh and tree branches. Once you have removed the majority of the background with the Quick Mask Tool or Perfect Brush, paint the intersection of the subject and background to refine the border. This will remove islands of background color and make the edge more defined.

Refine Brush Tool Options

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  • Mode: Controls the refinement mode, either paint out, which always refines to remove, paint in, which always refines to restore or Auto which does both at the same time. Paint out is recommended in most cases.
  • Size: This slider adjusts the size of the brush. Select a brush size that is just larger than the intersection of the subject and background. Avoid using oversized brushes it will take longer to process and may yield lower quality results.
  • Wacom Toggle: If you have a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet you can control certain parameters with pressure. Controls with a W icon next to them support this when they are turned on.
  • Color Decontamination: When enabled, colors from the drop regions are filtered out of the keep regions. This changes the colors of the pixels in the image. This is useful when the background you are trying to remove have a strong color such as green or blue screens.

Chisel Mask Tool

 

The Chisel Mask Tool:The Chisel tool is used for removing fringes or halos along hard edges.

Fringes are common when the background to be removed is brighter than the foreground. The chisel
works like a chisel or plane in a wood shop. It removes just a sliver along the edges. The chisel tool only works on the edges so you don’t have to be careful with it.

Chisel Mask Tool Options

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  • Mode: Select remove or add
  • Size: Adjusts the size of the chisel tool. Feel free to use a large chisel to make brushing fast. The size of the chisel does not affect how much is chiseled off.
  • Amount: Controls the amount of pixels that will be removed or added during each brush stroke.

Tip: You can double-click on the chisel tool icon in the tool well to apply the chisel to the entire image.

The Blur Mask Tool

 

The Blur Mask Tool: Softens edges of the mask where you paint.

 

Softening the edges on blurred or semi-transparent subjects like hair can make them blend with a new background in a more realistic manner.  The blur tool only works on the edges so you don’t have to be careful with it

Blur Mask Tool Options

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  • Mode: In/Out/Normal lets you adjust exactly what part of the mask edge to blur.
  • Size: Adjusts the size of the blur tool. Feel free to use a large size to make brushing fast. The size of the brush does not affect the blur amount.

  • Amount: 
    Controls the amount of blur. Use the lowest amount needed to maintain as much detail as possible.

Tip: You can double-click on the blur tool icon in the tool well to apply the blur to the entire image

 

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Menus

Perfect Photo Suite (Mac OS X Only)

  • About Perfect Photo Suite: Opens the about box, displays your version number and activation code. (Help menu on Windows)
  • Preferences: Opens the preferences dialog. (Edit menu on Windows)
  • Quit: Quits.
 

File Menu

  • New: Opens the create new file dialog for creating a new file.
  • Open: Opens the open dialog for locating and opening an existing file.
  • Add Layer(s) from File: Opens the open dialog for location files to merge into the current open file.
  • Open Selected from Browser: Opens the images selected in the browser.
  • Browse Folder: Fly-out sub-menu of sources to Browse. You can also opens the browse dialog where you can select which folder you would like to browse in a new browser tab.
  • Browse Extras: Switches the browser to the Extras tab where you can view and open website content.
  • Manage Extras: Opens the Extras Manager where you can import and manage extras like Borders, Backgrounds, Textures and Presets.
  • Open Recent: Displays a list of recently opened files.
  • Close: Closes the current file. You will have the opportunity to save or not.
  • Close All: Closes all open files. You will have the opportunity to save or not.
  • Save: Saves the current file.
  • Save As: Opens the Save As dialog where you can select the filename and location to save to.
  • Revert to Saved: Reopens the file without your changes.
  • Batch: Opens Perfect Batch window.
  • Print: Allows you to print your image.

Edit Menu

  • Undo: Undoes the last action.
  • Redo: Redoes the last undone action
  • Copy: Disabled.
  • Paste: Disabled.
  • Rename: Renames the selected file or folder in the browser tab.
  • Delete: Moves the selected file or folder in the browser tab to the trash.
  • Add Subfolder: Adds a new empty folder inside the selected folder in the browser tab.
  • Adjust Canvas Size: Opens the canvas size dialog where you can adjust the canvas size.
 

Layer Menu

Duplicate: Duplicates or copies the current layer.
Delete: Deletes the current layer.
Copy Layer: Copies the current layer into memory so you can paste it later.
Paste Layer: Pastes the layer in memory into a new layer in the current image.
Merge Layers: Merges the selected layers into a single layer.
Merge All: Merges all layers into a single layer.
New Stamped Layer: Creates a new layer above the current layer that contains a merged version of all the layers under it.
Hide Other Layers: Toggles the visibility off of all layers except the current one. Makes it easy to see just the current layer.
New Color Fill Layer: Adds a new color fill layer.
Edit Color Fill Layer: Opens the color fill layer dialog where you can set the properties of the selected color fill layer.
Convert to Smart Layer: Allows you to change your layer to a smart layer.

 

Masking Menu

Invert Mask: Inverts the mask. Visible areas become hidden and hidden areas become visible.
Reset Mask: Resets the mask to plain white.
Copy Mask: Copies the mask from the current layer.
Paste Mask: Pastes the mask in the clipboard to the mask on the current layer.
Create Luminosity Mask: Creates layer mask based off of the photos tonal values.
Masking Bug Tool Opacity: Sets the opacity of the Masking Bug tool cursor.

 

View Menu

Zoom In: Adjusts the preview zoom in one increment, makes the preview image larger.
Zoom Out: Adjusts the preview zoom out one increment, makes the preview image smaller.
Fit to Screen: Sets the zoom to fit the entire image on screen.
Actual Pixels: Sets the zoom to 100% or actual pixels.
Show Browser Pop-up: Enables the browser pop-up window.
Browser Mode: Allows the user to select how the Browser Library displays the categories.
Show Clipping: Shows the clipping overlay view, which over-rides the current mask view.
Preview Mode: Allows the user to switch preview modes.
Preview Background Color: Toggles the background color options.
Show Mask: Allows the viewer to see the mask.
Mask View Mode: Allows the user to select the various mask modes.

 

Window Menu

Navigator/Loupe/Histogram: Opens and closes the Navigator pane.
Layers: Opens and closes the Layers pane.
Open Quick View Browser: 
Opens the Quick View Browser window, displaying the contents of the current folder.
Show Browser Panel: Hides or shows the Control Panel.
Show Control Panel: Hides or shows the Control Panel.
Hide Panels: Hides or shows all Panels.
Full Screen: Toggles to and from full screen mode.
Document Name: Shows the name, zoom level and bit depth of the open image.

 

Help Menu

Search: Searches the menus (Mac OSX only).
Perfect Layers Online Help: Opens this html Help in your default web browser.
Video Tutorials: Opens the online Video Tutorial in your default web browser.
Getting Started: Opens the online Getting Started overlay.
Show Keyboard Shortcuts: Opens the keyboard shortcut inspector.
Perfect Inspiration: Takes you to the Perfect Inspiration web site.
Check for  Updates: Checks with the onOne update server to see if you are running the current version. If there is a newer version you will be notified and be walked through the update process.
Deactivate: Opens the activation dialog. These are used to deactivate your software for moving it to another computer or for a return.
Registration: Opens the default web browser and navigates to the registration page of the onOne website.
Provide Feedback: Opens the default web browser and navigates to the feedback page of the onOne website.
Help Improve onOne Products: Opens the Improve onOne Products dialog.

 

 

 

 

 

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Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts

Action  Mac  Win
 New File  cmd n  ctl n
 Open  cmd o  ctl o
 Add Layer(s) from File  cmd shift o  ctl shift o
 Open Selected from Browser  cmd opt o  ctl alt o
 Close  cmd w  ctl w
 Save  cmd s  ctl s
 Save As  cmd shift s  ctl shift s
 Print  cmd p  ctl p
 Exit  cmd q  ctl q
 Undo  cmd z  ctl z
 Redo  cmd shift z  ctl shift z
 Copy  cmd c  ctl c
 Paste  cmd v  ctl v
 Delete File  delete  delete
 Duplicate Layer  cmd j  ctl j
 Merge Layers  cmd e  ctl e
 Merge Visible  cmd shift e  ctl shift e
 New Layer from Composite  cmd shift j  ctl shift j
 Next Blend Mode  Shift +  Shift +
 Previous Blend Mode  Shift –  Shift –
 Layer Opacity  1 (10%)
2 (20%)
0 (100%)
etc
1 (10%)
2 (20%)
0 (100%)
etc
 Paint in/ Paint Out  x  x
 Invert Mask  cmd i  ctl i
 Toggle Perfect Brush  cmd r  ctl r
 Brush Size  larger ]
smaller [
 larger ]
smaller [
 Brush Feather softer shift ]
harder shift [
softer shift ]
harder shift [
 Brush Opacity  opt 1 (10%)
opt 2 (20%)
opt 0 (100%)
etc
 opt 1 (10%)
opt 2 (20%)
opt 0 (100%)
etc
 Show/Hide Mask o o
 Zoom In  cmd +  ctl +
 Zoom Out  cmd –  ctl –
 Fit to Screen  cmd 0  ctl 0
 Actual Pixels  cmd opt 0  ctl alt 0
 Next Browser View Mode  cmd b  ctl b
 Navigate Browser Selection  Arrow Keys  Arrow Keys
 Open Selected Sub-dir  Right Arrow  Right Arrow
 Close Selected Sub-dir  Left Arrow  Left Arrow
 Preview Modes
-Single
-Left/Right
-Left/Right Shift
-Top/Bottom
-Top/Bottom Shift
cmd y
cmd l
cmd opt l
cmd t
cmd opt t
ctl y
ctl l
ctl opt l
ctl t
ctl alt t
 Navigator  cmd 1  ctl 1
 Layers  cmd 2  ctl 2
 Open Quick View Browser  cmd up arrow  ctl up arrow
 Keyboard Shortcuts  cmd shift k  ctl shift k
 Transform Tool  v  v
 Red Eye Tool  e  e
 Crop Tool  c  c
 Trim Tool  t  t
 Masking Brush  b  b
 Masking Bug  m  m
 Quick Mask Tool  w  w
 Refine Brush  f  f
 Chisel Tool  k  k
 Blur Tool  l  l
 Perfect Eraser  q  q
 Retouch Brush  r  r
 Pan Tool  h  h
 Zoom Tool  z  z
 Rotate Crop Clockwise  opt right arrow  alt right arrow
 Rotate Crop Counter Clockwise  opt right arrow  alt right arrow

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D. ON1 Enhance

Enhance Work Space

The Enhance Main Screen Overview

ON1 Enhance provides you with an easy-to-use work space for editing your photos. Below is an overview of the main sections.
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The main window sections of ON1 Enhance:

A. Presets: Displays a list of categories and presets.
B. Tool Well: This is where the tools are located.
C. Thumbnails: This will show a thumbnail preview of the enhance preset.
D. Preferences/Help: This will have a shortcut to your preferences or help menus.
E. Search: This is where you can search your presets.
F. Tool Bar: This is where information on your selected tool will live.
G.Main Preview: Displays the changes made with the adjustments.
H. Preview Buttons: Here you can toggle the preview on/off or split the preview A/B.
I. The Navigator, Loupe, Histogram and Info Panes.
J. Quick Fixes Pane: This pane gives you fast, intuitive buttons for the most common adjustments.
K. Color & Tone Adjustments Pane: This pane will give you more advanced settings to adjust both the color and tone of your image.
L. Vignette Pane: This pane will help in adding a vignette to your image.
M. Sharpening Pane: This pane will help in sharpening your image.
N. Noise Reduction: This pane will help with noise reduction.
O.The Cancel, Save & Reset Buttons: This is where you cancel or save an action or reset all.
P. The Cancel/Apply or Cancel/Save&Close Buttons: This is where you cancel or apply an action.
Q. Export/Sharing: These are shortcut buttons for export and sharing.

 

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Crop Tool Trim the and resize the image to your desired size
Perfect Eraser Use this tool to remove distractions like signs and powerlines.
Retouch Brush Use this tool to remove blemishes like dust spots and acne.
Red Eye Tool Use this tool to remove red-eyes.
Hand Tool Adjusts the photo position in the preview area.
Zoom Tool Adjusts the magnification of the image in the preview area.

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Navigating the Preview

ON1 Photo 10 provides several ways to navigate and view your image in the Preview window.

The Preview Window above is the main section where you preview and work on images.

The Hand Tool is used to position the image within the Preview window, whenever the preview zoom is larger than the viewable area.

To pan (scroll) in the Preview Window:

  • Select the Hand Tool and drag the image until you locate the area you wish to view.
  • With any other tool selected, hold down the spacebar while you drag the image in the window.
Double-click the Hand tool in the Toolbar to set the image to a magnification that fits completely in the current window size.

 

Zoom Tool: Adjusts the magnification of the image in the Preview window.

With the Zoom tool selected:

  • Click in the Preview window to zoom in and center the image at the location clicked.
  • Click and drag in the Preview window to draw a rectangle, the screen fills with the area within the rectangle when you release the mouse.
  • Hold the Option key (Mac) or Alt key (Win) and click to zoom out.
Double-click the Zoom tool in the Toolbar to set the image to 1:1 or 100% magnification, showing every pixel. This is best when examining small details.

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Navigator, Loupe, Histogram and Info

At the top of the control panel on the right of the main window is the Navigator | Loupe | Histogram | Info panes. It contains four useful tools for inspecting and viewing details of your image.

The Navigator Pane

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This gives you a birds-eye view of your image. The white square region marks the image area that is visible in the preview pane. You can pan your image by clicking and dragging inside the square.

At the bottom of the Navigator pane are several Zoom presets. Click on a Zoom preset to activate.

FIT: Zooms to fit the current canvas size. This allows you to see your entire image.

100: Zooms to 100% or actual pixels. This is best for judging small details.

50: Zooms to 50%

25: Zooms to 25%

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This gives you a magnified view of the section of the preview under the cursor. This allows you to view the quality of your results while maintaining a complete view of your image.

At the bottom of the Loupe Pane is a slider for adjusting the zoom level.

The Histogram Pane

This gives you a color chart of the shadow, mid-tone and highlight areas based on the image RGB values. This is useful to show areas within the image that may be clipping. Clipping is when your image contains pure blacks or white and can signify loss of highlight or shadow detail.

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 4.49.40 PMThe left side of the histogram represents the shadows, while the right represents the highlights. At the top of each end is a triangle. If the triangle is lit, there is clipping on that side of the histogram. If you click on the arrows, you will activate the clipping overlay on your image. The areas of your image with a blue overlay are pure black, while the areas with the red overlay are pure white. You can turn the clipping view off again by clicking on one of the triangles. You can also temporarily enable clipping view by holding down the J key at any time. The clipping view is useful when you are making adjusts to the brightness and contrast of your image.

The Histogram pane also displays the RGB values under the cursor at the bottom of the pane.

The Info Pane

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The info pane will display important metadata about your file including:

Camera type
File type
Focal length and lens information
Date and time captured
Exposure information
ISO
Shutter Speed
Aperture
Exposure Value
Filename
Color Space
Dimensions
File Size and Bit Depth

If your camera allows for GPS the GPS button will be viewable and you can click on it to get the GPS cordinates for where the image was taken. This feature only works if you have GPS enabled on your camera or mobile device. Otherwise you will not see the GPS button.

The Info panel is not visible when you access a Module as a Photoshop plug-in.

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Quick Fixes Pane

Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 4.42.22 PMThe Quick Fixes pane is home for common adjustment controls in the form of simple buttons to quickly tune your image. The basic adjustments can be controlled through these buttons as an alternative to using the sliders.  The buttons have two sides, “-” and “+”.  By clicking on these you can either turn down(-) or up(+) the intensity of the corresponding adjustment.  For even quicker automated adjustments use the “Auto Tone” and “Auto Color” buttons.  Click “Reset All” to start over and revert to the original image.

  • Auto Tone: This button sets the white and black points automatically.  The Auto button in the Tone adjustments Pane will also do the same.
  • Auto Color: This button will attempt to remove the color cast and correct the white balance.  The Auto button in the Color adjustments pane will do the same.
  • Fix Focus: This button will help correct the focus on your image.
  • Exposure: This button will adjust the Exposure slider .05 points with each click.
  • Contrast: This button will adjust the Contrast slider 10 points with each click.
  • Vibrance: This button will adjust the Vibrance slider 10 points with each click.
  • Shadows: This button will adjust the Shadows 10 points with each click.
  • Highlights: This button will adjust the Highlights 10 points with each click.
  • Color: This button will adjust the Color or Temperature 10 points with each click.
  • Noise: This button will remove the Noise in your image 10 points with each click.
  • Detail: This button will adjust the Detail in your image 10 points with each click.
  • Vignette: This button will adjust the Vignette slider 10 points with each click.

 

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Color and Tone Adjustments

Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 4.45.09 PMThe Color & Tone Adjustments Pane provides the tools needed to correct and enhance the brightness, contrast, detail and color in your images.

Tone

The Tone sliders control the global tonality, or brightness and contrast of the image. You can adjust each of the following:

  • Brightness: Adjusting the slider to the right will lighten your image. Adjusting to the left will darken your image.
  • Contrast: This will increase or decrease the contrast in your image.
  • Shadows:  This slider lightens the shadows, revealing details.
  • Highlights: This slider darkens the highlights, recovering detail.

Levels

The Levels section sets the white and black points which are key to gaining good contrast. Every image should have at least some pure white and black. It is handy to watch the histogram and/or use the clipping overlay when adjusting the levels.

  • Auto Button: The auto button sets the white and black points automatically.
  • Whites: This slider will clip the whites adding more contrast to the whites.
  • Blacks: This slider will clip the blacks adding more contrast to the blacks.
  • Detail: Increases the detail or structure in your image.

Color

The Color sliders control Temperature, Tint and Vibrance. They are used to remove a color cast and enhance the color of the image.

  • Auto Button: The auto button attempts to detect and remove a color cast. It makes adjustments to the Temperature and Tint sliders.
  • Temperature:  This slider will shift the color either cooler or warmer (Blue/Orange).
  • Tint:  This slider will shift the color either green or magenta.
  • Saturation: This slider will increase or decrease the saturation of your image.
  • Vibrance:  This slider controls the vibrance of the colors.
  • Reduce Vibrance on Skin: When turned on, adjustments made with Vibrance slider are reduced on skin colored areas. This allows you to increase the vibrance of clothing and the background without adversely affecting the skin color.

Gray Dropper

The Gray Dropper is used to remove a color cast or “neutralize” the image. Click the icon to activate, the cursor will change to the Gray Dropper.  Click an area in the image that should be gray with no color and the sliders will automatically adjust according to the sample you have selected.

Reset: Will revert to the original image and set all the sliders back to the zero value.

 

 

 

 

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Vignette

Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 4.47.22 PMThe Vignette pane creates flexible vignettes which focus the viewers eye toward the center of the image by darkening distracting edges. Use the Preset Buttons to quickly apply a vignette and customize the look with the advanced controls.  Use the global on/off button to toggle the vignette effect on or off.

Preset Buttons:

  • None: Reverts to the default, no vignette.
  • Subtle: Adds a soft oblong vignette.
  • Strong: Adds a stronger oblong vignette.
  • Edges: Adds a rectangular vignette.

The hidden Advanced controls can be expanded by clicking the triangle.

The Preset Drop Down Menu

The sliders may be used for fine tuning the look of the vignette.

  • Brightness: Controls how light or dark the vignette is.
  • Size: Controls the size of the vignette.
  • Feather: Controls the hardness of the edge of the vignette.
  • Roundness: Controls the shape of the vignette from square to round.
  • Style: This drop down menu will allow you to select either a normal, subtle or soft vignette.

The Center Tool allows you to select the center point of the vignette.  Click on the tool icon to activate and then click on the area in the image you wish to make the center.

The Reset button will return the setting to the default with no vignette.

 

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Sharpening

Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 4.48.55 PMThe Sharpening pane contains the controls for increasing the sharpness of the image.  Use the Preset Buttons to quickly apply sharpening and customize the look with the advanced controls.  Use the global on/off button to toggle the sharpening effect on or off.

Preset Buttons

  • None: Default setting that applies no sharpening.
  • Fix Focus:  Applies high-pass sharpening, perfect for making an out-of-focus image appear in-focus.
  • Screen:  Perfect for images that will be viewed on computer screens.
  • Print:  Perfect for images that will be printed.

The hidden Advanced controls can be expanded by clicking the triangle.

The Sharpen for drop down menu includes additional presets based on the output type including paper and subject matter types.

The Type drop down menu includes the three sharpening methods; progressive, high-pass and unsharp mask.

The Sliders may be used for fine tuning the sharpening effect.

  • Amount: Controls the overall amount of sharpening.
  • Protect Dark: Reduces the sharpening on shadow tones.
  • Protect Lights: Reduces the sharpening on highlight tones.
  • Protect Skin: Reduces the sharpening on skin colored areas.

The Reset button will return to default settings that applies no sharpening.

 

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Noise Reduction

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 9.02.52 AMThe Noise Reduction pane contains the controls for decreasing the noise or grain in your image.  Use the Preset Buttons to quickly reduce noise or customize the look with the advanced controls.  Use the global on/off button to toggle the noise effect on or off.

The noise reduction filter is used to reduce both luminance and color noise while maintaining image detail.

  • Preset Icons: Presets for a quick adjustment.
  • Luminance: Adjusts the overall strength of the noise reduction applied to the luminance or detail of the image. Hold down the alt key to see just the luminance while adjusting this slider.
  • Color: Controls the amount of noise reduction applied just to the color or chroma of the image.
  • Detail: Controls how much edge detail is protected. Hold down the alt key to see the the edge mask while adjusting this slider.
  • Automatically Zoom to 1:1: It is important that you view your image at 100% or 1:1 when adjusting noise reduction controls. This automatically zooms in for you.
  • Apply to: Allows you to limit the noise reduction to just a portion of the image based on color or brightness.
  • Dropper: Sets a custom color range to apply the noise reduction to.
  • Range: Adjusts the range or fuzziness of the color range to apply the noise reduction to.
Reset will return the settings to the default.

 

 

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Crop Tool

Crop Crop Tool: This is used to crop and resize the entire image. The crop tool removes any pixels outside a crop box and changes the canvas size at the same time.

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To crop the image, select the Crop Tool from the tool well. Then adjust the corner handles of the crop tool overlay. The area outside the crop box appears darkened for guidance. You can resize and move the image inside the crop box. When you are satisfied with your settings, press the Apply button in the Tool Options Bar or press enter.

  • Moving the Image: To move the image inside the crop box, simply click and drag inside the box. You can also nudge the image using the arrow keys on your keyboard.
  • Resizing a Crop Box: To resize the Crop Box, click and drag on any of the resize handles. Clicking on a corner handle allows you to adjust two sides at the same time. Clicking on a side handle allows you to adjust that side. If you hold the shift key down while adjusting the size, the proportions of the box are maintained. To rotate the crop box, move outside a corner until the tool changes to rotate. You can also set the aspect ratio or size of the crop box in the tool options bar.

*The Crop tool is not available when using a Smart Photo.

Crop Tool Options Bar:

  • Preset pop-up: Pop-up controls the crop tool mode as well as aspect ratio and document size presets.
  • Width: Sets the width of the crop box.
  • Swap Dimensions: Swaps the width and height. Handy for rotating the crop box.
  • Height: Sets the height of the crop box.
  • Units: Determines the unit of measure: Pixels, inches, centimeters, etc.
  • Leveling Tool: Click and drag this tool across an element in your image that should be level.
  • Angle: See and adjust the angle of rotation.
  • Rotate: Rotates the image 90 degrees.
  • Cancel: Resets the crop tool.
  • Apply: Applies the crop and resizes your photo.

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The Crop Tool works in three modes:

  • Aspect Ratio: You can lock the crop box to an aspect ratio. This makes sure the crop box shape doesn’t change, just the size. Use this option to trim existing pixels while maintaining a ratio without resizing the image.
  • Document Size Presets: Document Size Presets allow you to crop and resize your image at the same time. If you know your intent is to print the image at a certain size you can crop and resize the image at the same time. Many common sizes are included plus you can create your own.
  • The Crop Tool has a special Leveling Tool for automatically adjusting your image to be level. Select the Crop Tool. Select the Leveling Tool from the Crop Tool Options Bar. Your cursor will change to the Leveling Tool. Click and drag a line across your image that should be level, either horizontally or vertically. When you release the mouse the image will be adjusted automatically to the correct angle.

 

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Perfect Eraser

The Perfect Eraser can be used to remove distracting elements and blemishes from your image.

How it Works

The Perfect Eraser employs a content aware algorithm that replaces the pixels with a natural and plausible result within the boundaries that are painted.

Using the Perfect Eraser

Activate the tool by selecting it in the Tool-Well.  Simply paint over the area you wish to remove. Make sure you cover the entire area.  A red overlay appears where you paint.

Tool Options Bar

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  • Size: Controls the size of the brush
  • Pressure Adjusts Size: If you have a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet, you can adjust the size of the brush according to the pressure. Click on the “W” in the box to activate the Wacom sensitivity controls.

If the first attempt does not give you a perfect result, simply paint over it again and it will improve with each pass. You can also fine tune the area after by using the Retouch Brush.

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Retouch Brush

Retouch BrushUse the Retouch Brush to remove small imperfections like dust or blemishes.

 

Just dab the retouch brush on spots like acne, dust spots, power lines, etc. It looks at the neighboring areas and fills in the brush with similar color and texture. It is best to use the smallest brush size possible and to work by dabbing rather than making large brush strokes. If you dab with the Retouch Brush and don’t like the results, use the undo command and try using a smaller brush or vary your brush stroke and try again. The Retouch Brush is perfect for retouching skin.

Retouch Brush using the Tool Options Bar:

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  • Brush Size: This adjusts the overall size of the brush.
  • Brush Feather: This adjusts the hardness of the brush. It works best to use a feather larger than 50 to blend and look natural.
  • Brush Opacity: This adjusts how strong the retouching is. Use 100% to completely remove an imperfection. Use a lower opacity to soften them.
  • Pressure Adjusts Size: If you have a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet, you can adjust the size of the brush according to the pressure. Click on the “W” in the box to activate the Wacom sensitivity controls.

 

 

 

 

 

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Red-Eye Tool

Red-Eye Tool: To instantly reduce red-eye.

 

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The Red-Eye Tool is the perfect tool for eliminating or reducing red eye in your images. It’s a simple one-click stamp that will immediately take care of red eye.

You start by selecting the red eye brush in your tool well. Next adjust your brush size to be as close to the same size as the red eye you are wanting to remove. Then place the brush right over the eye and click once to remove.

Red Eye Tool Options Bar

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  • Size: Controls the size of the brush
  • Protect Skin: Protects red eye on skin or flesh tones

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Presets

Presets store all of the adjustments you make in ON1 Photo 10. Presets are a fast and easy way to get consistent results. You can save your own presets for batch processing or for simply reproducing your look when retouching.

Presets do not store masks created by tools other than the Masking Bug.

Using a Preset

Using a preset is simple, just click on it in the Preset Browser and it will add the preset to your image.

Saving a Preset

Once you have your settings that you wish to save, go to the Preset menu and select Save Preset.

The New Preset dialog will appear (shown below). There are several fields to complete including the preset name, the category, creator and description.

In the category pull-down you can select which existing category the preset should save into. You can also create a new category this way by selecting new category from the top of the list.

You can edit a preset’s name, creator or description by selecting it and then selecting Edit Preset Info from the Preset menu. If you want to edit the settings in a preset, add it to your image, make your adjustments and then re-save the preset with the same name and location. 

Deleting a Preset

You can remove a preset if you no longer want to have access to it. To remove a preset, follow these steps:

  • Select the preset you wish to remove in the preset browser.
  • Select Delete Preset from the Preset menu.

 

Importing & Sharing Presets

You can import presets you have downloaded from the ON1 website using these steps.

  1. Download the preset pack from the ON1 website. It should have a .ONPreset extension.
  2. Double-click on the preset pack, it will install the presets into a category with the same name as the preset pack.

That’s it, next time you use ON1 Photo the new presets will be located in the My Favorites section, in a category named after the preset pack. You can delete the files you downloaded, they have been copied into the suite.

You can share presets like you would share any other file, such as email or posting them to a website. First you need to find the preset files. The easiest way is to open ON1 Photo then from the Preset menu select Show Presets Folder. A window will open and will display the presets folder. In the presets folder are sub-folders for your preset categories. Inside each sub-folder are the individual preset files. You can copy these presets to another computer, attach them to an email or post them on a website.

 

 

 

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Module Settings

Default Settings

The default settings section allows you to control what adjustments are applied each time you open an image in Enhance.

  • No Changes: The default option leaves the image is, no automatic adjustments are made upon opening ON1 Enhance.
  • Automatic Enhancement: Automatically adjusts the brightness, contrast and color.
  • My Settings: Uses settings from the preset selected in the drop down.  You may choose a factory preset or customize your own look and save the preset and use it as a default adjustment that takes place at launch.  See the Presets page for more information.

Apply Results

  • Apply to the Current Image Layer.
  • Apply to a Copy of the Current Layer will make a new layer on the image with Enhance adjustments.

 

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Menus


About ON1 Photo 10

  • About ON1 Photo: Opens the about box. This dialog contains your serial number, version number and information on contacting ON1 Software for support.
  • Preferences: Opens the preferences dialog.
  • Quit ON1 Photo: Quits the application.
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File

  • Save: Applies the current settings to your image and returns to the host application.
  • Cancel: Cancels and returns back to the host application with no changes.
  • Export: Opens up the export dialog box.
  • Print: Opens up the print dialog box.
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Edit

  • Undo: Reverses the last user action.
  • Redo: Reapplies the last user action if it has been undone.
  • Cut: Unused.
  • Copy: Unused.
  • Paste: Unused.
  • Reset All: Resets all controls back to their default settings.
  • Module Settings: Adjust any automatic changes to your images when Enhance is launched.
  • Preferences (Windows Only): Opens the Perfect Enhance preferences dialog.
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Preset

  • Save Preset: Saves the current settings as a new preset.
  • Import Preset: Opens the import preset dialog to help you import presets you have downloaded.
  • Show Presets Folder: Opens a Finder or Explorer window showing the presets folder.
  • Delete Preset: Deletes the current preset.
  • Edit Preset Info: Opens the preset dialog so you can edit the name, author or description information.
  • Update Preset with Current Settings: Updates your preset with any changes you have made.
  • Manage Extras: Opens the Extras Manager where you can import and manage extras like Borders, Backgrounds, Textures and Presets.
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View

  • Zoom In: Zooms the preview window in one increment. This will make the preview image larger.
  • Zoom Out: Zooms the preview window out one increment. This will make the preview images smaller.
  • Fit to Screen: This sets the preview image so that the entire image is on screen at once. Think of this as an overview of the entire image. This is the setting you will use most of the time.
  • Actual Pixels: This sets the preview image so that it zooms to actual pixels or 1:1 also called 100%. This setting allows you to see every pixel in the image. This is useful when making precision adjustments.
  • Browser Mode: Allows the user to select how the Browser Library displays the categories.
  • Show Clipping: Shows the clipping overlay view, which over-rides the current mask view.
  • Show Preview: Toggle to enable or disable the preview.
  • Preview Background Color: Toggles the background color options.
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Window

Minimize: Minimizes your screen.
Zoom: Zooms your window. 
Full Screen: 
Toggles to and from full screen mode.
Navigator:
 Hides or shows the Navigator, Loupe, Histogram and Info pane.
Quick Fixes: Hides or shows the Quick Fixes pane.
Color & Tone Adjustments: Hides or shows the Color & Tone Adjustments pane.
Vignette: Hides or shows the Vignette pane.
Sharpening: Hides or shows the Sharpening pane.
Noise Reduction: Hides or shows the Noise Reduction Pane.
Solo Mode: Enables solo mode. When Solo Mode is enabled, only one control pane may be open at a time.
Show Browser Panel: Hides or shows the Browser Panel.
Show Control Panel: Hides or shows the Control Panel.
Hide Panels: Hides or shows all Panels.
Document Name: Shows the name, zoom level and bit depth of the open image.

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Help

Search: Searches the menu options (Mac OSX only).
ON1 Enhance Online Help: Opens this html Help in your default web browser.
Video Tutorials: Opens the online Video Tutorial in your default web browser.
Show Keyboard Shortcuts: Opens the keyboard shortcut inspector.
Check for Updates: Checks with the ON1 update server to see if you are running the current version. If there is a newer version you will be notified and be walked through the update process.
Provide Feedback: Opens the default web browser and navigates to the feedback page of the ON1 website.
About Perfect Enhance (Windows Only): Opens the about box with the version number and license code displayed.
Help Improve onOne Products: Opens the Improve ON1 Products dialog.

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Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts

 

Action  Mac  Win
 Print  cmd p  ctl p
 Undo  cmd z  ctl z
 Redo  cmd shift z  ctl shift z
 Cut  cmd x  ctl x
 Copy  cmd c  ctl c
 Paste  cmd v  ctl v
 Save Preset  cmd shift s  ctl shift s
 Zoom-In  cmd +  ctl +
 Zoom-Out  cmd –  ctl –
 Fit to Screen  cmd 0  ctl 0
 Actual Pixels  cmd opt 0  ctl opt 0
 Next Browser View Mode  cmd B  ctl B
 Navigate Browser Selection  Arrow Keys  Arrow Keys
 Open Selected Category  Right Arrow  Right Arrow
 Close Selected Category  Left Arrow  Left Arrow
 Show Clipping  opt J  opt J
 Show Preview  cmd p  ctl p
 Navigator/Loupe/Histogram  cmd 1  ctl 1
 Quick Fixes  cmd 2  ctl 2
 Color & Tone Adjustments  cmd 3  ctl 3
 Vignette  cmd 4  ctl 4
 Sharpening  cmd 5  ctl 5
 Noise Reduction  cmd 6  ctl 6
 Show Browser Panel  cmd left arrow  ctl left arrow
 Show Control Panel  cmd right arrow  ctl right arrow
 Hide Panels  tab  tab
 Full Screen Mode  cmd ctl f  F11
 Keyboard Shortcuts  cmd shift k  ctl shift k
 Pan Tool  h  h
 Perfect Eraser  q  q
 Crop Tool  c  c
 Red Eye Tool  e  e
 Retouch Brush  r  r
 Zoom Tool  z  z
 Brush Size larger ]
smaller [
larger ]
smaller [
 Brush Feather softer shift ]
harder shift [
softer shift ]
harder shift [
 Brush Opacity opt 1 (10%)
opt 2 (20%)
opt 0 (100%)
etc
opt 1 (10%)
opt 2 (20%)
opt 0 (100%)
etc
 Toggle Tool Mode  x  x
 Temporarily Select Hand tool  Hold Spacebar  Hold Spacebar
 Temporarily Toggle Tool Mode  Hold opt  hold alt
 Temporarily Toggle Clipping View  j  j
 Rotate Crop Clockwise  opt right arrow  alt right arrow
 Rotate Crop Counter Clockwise  opt left arrow  alt left arrow

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E. ON1 Portrait

User Interface

Portrait Main Window:

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A. Preset Browser: This is where you browse and apply presets.
B. Tool Well: This is where the tools are located.
C. Thumbnails: This is where you preview presets added to your image.
D. Preferences/Help: These are shortcut buttons to your preferences and help.
E. Search: This is where you search for your favorite presets.
F.  Tools Option Bar: This is where information and options about each tool is selected.
G. Adjusting Points:
This floating palate will assist in adjusting your face points and settings.
H. Preview Window: This is the main section where you preview and work on images.
I. Mouth & Eye Control Points: Click and drag these control points to refine the mouth & eye areas.
J. The Navigator, Loupe and Histogram Pane: This pane will access Navigational, Loupe and Histogram features.
K. Skin Retouching Pane: This is where you adjust the skin smoothing and retouching controls.
L. Color Correction Pane: This is where you adjust the color correction controls.
M.  Mouth & Eyes Pane: This is where you adjust the mouth and eye enhancement controls.
N.  Reset, Cancel and Save Buttons: This is where you cancel or save an action or you can reset all settings.
O. Module Selector: This is where you choose which module to open.
P.  Export/Sharing buttons: This is your shortcuts to export or sharing.

The Portrait Tool Well

There are 5 different tools in the ON1 Portrait tool well. More details about each tool will be covered in the next chapters.

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 Face Select This tool lets you select the face to edit.
 Face Edit This tool lets you edit the areas of the face like the skin, eyes and mouth.
 Prefect Eraser The Perfect Eraser can be used to replace distracting elements from your image.
 Retouch Brush This tool lets you retouch areas like blemishes, wrinkles and discoloration.
 Hand Tool This tool drags your image within the preview window when it’s larger than the viewable area.
 Zoom Tool This tool changes the magnification in the preview up to 1600%.

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Navigating the Preview

ON1 Photo 10 provides several ways to navigate and view your image in the Preview window.

The Preview Window above is the main section where you preview and work on images.

The Hand Tool is used to position the image within the Preview window, whenever the preview zoom is larger than the viewable area.

To pan (scroll) in the Preview window:

  • Select the Hand Tool and drag the image until you locate the area you wish to view.
  • With any other tool selected, hold down the spacebar while you drag the image in the window.
Double-click the Hand tool in the Toolbar to set the image to a magnification that fits completely in the current window size.

 

Zoom Tool: Adjusts the magnification of the image in the Preview window.

With the Zoom tool selected:

  • Click in the Preview window to zoom in and center the image at the location clicked.
  • Click and drag in the Preview window to draw a rectangle, the screen fills with the area within the rectangle when you release the mouse.
  • Hold the Option key (Mac) or Alt key (Win) and click to zoom out.
Double-click the Zoom tool in the Toolbar to set the image to 1:1 or 100% magnification, showing every pixel. This is best when examining small details.

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Navigator, Loupe, Histogram and Info

At the top of the control panel on the right of the main window is the Navigator | Loupe | Histogram | Info panes. It contains four useful tools for inspecting and viewing details of your image.

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This gives you a birds-eye view of your image. The white square region marks the image area that is visible in the preview pane. You can pan your image by clicking and dragging inside the square.

At the bottom of the Navigator pane are several Zoom presets. Click on a Zoom preset to activate.

  • FIT: Zooms to fit the current canvas size. This allows you to see your entire image.
  • 100: Zooms to 100% or actual pixels. This is best for judging small details.
  • 50: Zooms to 50%
  • 25: Zooms to 25%


The Loupe Pane

 

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results while maintaining a complete view of your image.

At the bottom of the Loupe Pane is a slider for adjusting the zoom
level.

 

The Histogram Pane

This gives you a color chart of the shadow, mid-tone and highlight areas based on the image RGB values. This is useful Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 4.49.40 PMto show areas within the image that may be clipping. Clipping is when your image contains pure blacks or white and can signify loss of highlight or shadow detail.
The left side of the histogram represents the shadows, while the right represents the highlights. At the top of each end is a triangle. If the triangle is lit, there is clipping on that side of the histogram. If you click on the arrows, you will activate the clipping overlay on your image. The areas of your image with a blue overlay are pure black, while the areas with the red overlay are pure white. You can turn the clipping view off again by clicking on one of the triangles. You can also temporarily enable clipping view by holding down the J key at any time. The clipping view is useful when you are making adjusts to the brightness and contrast of your image.

The Histogram pane also displays the RGB values under the cursor at the bottom of the pane.

 

The Info Pane

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Camera type
File type
Focal length and lens informatio
Date and time captured
Exposure information
ISO
Shutter Speed
Aperture
Exposure Value
Filename
Color Space
Dimensions
File Size and Bit Depth
If your camera allows for GPS the GPS button will be viewable and you can click on it to get the GPS cordinates for where the image was taken. This feature only works if you have GPS enabled on your camera or mobile device. Otherwise you will not see the GPS button.

The Info panel is not visible when you access a Module as a Photoshop plug-in.

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Preview Window Modes

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 3.21.50 PMThe preview window can be viewed side-by-side (vertical). At the bottom left of the Preview Window is a button that toggles and shows the current Preview Mode. You can also change the mode from the View menu.

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Browsing Presets

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 11.16.23 AMBuilt into Portrait is a preset browser, located in the left panel. You can use it to browse the factory supplied presets, presets you have created or downloaded from ON1 or for marking and finding your favorites. Below is a description of the controls in the file browser.

Navigating the Browser

  • To open a category, click on it. To close it, click on the back arrow.
  • Only one top-level folder can be open at a time.
  • The selected item, either a category or preset, will have a light blue box around it.
  • You can use the up and down arrow keys to change your selection in the browser.
  • You can close a category using the command (control on Windows) up arrow.

Selecting a Preset to Use

  • To activate a preset on your image, simply click on the preset.

Searching for Presets

  • To search for presets type what you are looking for in the bottom of the panel.

Resizing and Closing the Browser

  • The browser can be resized by dragging the right side of the browser.
  • The browser can be closed or re-opened by using the cmd (control on Windows) left and right arrow keys or clicking on the arrows in the bottom corners.

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  • You can change the browser view by using the View > Browser
  • The Browser is capable of displaying one, two, or three column thumbnail views.

Quick View Browser

QVBThe Quick View Browser adds an elegant full-screen view of your images, effects and presets. Whether you are looking for the right image or the right look, the Quick View Browser will make fast work of the problem. Just press the Quick View Browser button to the right of your category and you will see the full array of options to choose from.

  • Browse folders and images quickly to find the right one to work on.
  • Variable thumbnail sizes gives you a few large previews or many small ones depending on your screen size and content.
  • Use your keyboard arrow keys to navigate.
  • Press the return key to select an item.

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Using The Face Select Tool

FaceSelect Face Select Tool: Click the Face Select Tool to select or add a new face selection.


The Face Select Tool is used to select which face to edit. When the Face Tool is selected, boxes appear on each face in the image. The current face box is marked in green, other face brackets are marked in white.  You click on the face you wish to work on, the tool automatically switches to the Face Edit Tool.

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Adding Faces

If Portrait does not find a face automatically you can manually select it by clicking the Face Select Tool on the face you would like to add.

A Square box appears on screen. Move it over the face you wish to add. Adjust the size of the box with the side handles. The box should go from the hairline to the chin and be centered on the face. When you have the box adjusted, press the Apply button and Portrait will add the new face.

Deleting Faces

If Portrait detects a face you do not wish to retouch, simply click on the X in the upper left corner of the face box.

 

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Using The Face Edit Tool

Face Edit Tool: Refines the Skin Selection and Moves the Control Points.

The Face Edit Tool is a dual-mode tool. Portrait will first ask you to identify the points in the face in which you would like to select. It will also allow skip over points if they’re not applicable to your edit. The tool options bar at the top can help guide you through the selection process.

  1. Click on the center of the left eye (Click space to skip this eye).
  2. Click on the center of the right eye (click space to skip this eye).
  3. Click on the left corner of the mouth (Click space to skip the mouth).
  4. Click on the right corner of the mouth.
  5. Move the points if necessary, click Done or press the enter/return key.

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Correcting the Control Points

After you have created the points on the face and clicked done you will then will be able to further modify the control points. Click hold and drag on each point to further refine your selections of the eyes and mouth.

Before After

 

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Use the Face Edit inspector to refine the skin selection, by clicking “Adjust Skin Area” and use the brush to paint in or out the skin. You can change the mode by clicking in the tool options bar or using the x key to toggle back and forth.

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Tool options bar

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  • Mode:  This mode selects either Not Skin, or Add to Skin. Use the Add to Skin mode to brush more mask areas on the skin or Not Skin to subtract mask areas around the skin.
  • Size:  This controls the brush size, also contains a toggle “W” to turn off or on the Wacom pressure sensitivity.
  • Feather: This controls the brush feather, or hardness.
  • Opacity: This controls the opacity, also contains a toggle “W” to turn off or on the Wacom pressure sensitivity.
  • Perfect Brush: This enables the Perfect Brush function, a self masking mode based on color that protects edges.
  • Pressure Adjusts Size:  If you have a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet, you can adjust the size of the brush according to the pressure. Click on the “W” in the box to activate the Wacom sensitivity controls.
  • Pressure Adjusts Opacity:  If you have a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet, you can adjust the opacity of the brush according to the pressure. Click on the “W” in the box to activate the Wacom sensitivity controls.
Tip: You can turn the Perfect Brush on and off using the command or control -r keyboard shortcut. You can also temporarily lock the color to remove by holding down the control key. This is useful when brushing through areas with lots of openings like hair. 

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Skin Retouching

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Reduce blemishes, smooth the skin and even the skin hue.
The Skin Retouching Pane contains the controls for adjusting the automatic blemish reduction, skin smoothing, shine and shadow reduction as well as texture addition.

  • Blemishes: Adjust the Blemishes slider first. It attacks the medium sized blemishes such as large pores, acne, freckles, fine lines, etc. It reduces the appearance of blemishes while maintaining the fine pore structure of the skin for a natural appearance. Typical settings for females and children are 60-80, 30-50 for males.
  • Smoothing: Smoothing is the second slider to adjust. It acts on the smallest details to add a smooth finish to the skin, similar to powder in the cosmetics world. Use the smallest amount you can to preserve a natural look. Typical settings for females are 20-40, males and children 10-20.
  • Shine: The shine slider is used to reduce the brightness of highlights on the skin. It is great for reducing shine from oils in the skin.
  • Shadows: The shadow slider is used to brighten shadows in the skin. This is useful for dark eye bags and deep wrinkles.
  • Evenness: Evenness adjusts how consistent the skin color is across the entire face. It is great for correction highlights that may be too yellow, shadows that may be too green or reducing redness in noses and ears. It is also useful for making family portraits more consistent from person to person.
  • Face Only: The face only toggle limits the skin retouching to just the skin of the face. This is on by default and is recommended for most uses. This will prevent other flesh colored areas in your scene from being retouched. This includes things like hair or other people.

There are two occasions when you would want to disable the face only toggle:

  • If you are working on a single subject with little or no clothing and you wish to apply the skin retouching to all the subjects skin.
  • Your’re working on a large group portrait where it is impractical to adjust each face separately. You can instead disable the face only option and apply the same retouching to everyone in the scene.

 

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Color Correction

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 1.16.19 PMWhen a face is selected, Portrait automatically color corrects the entire image based on the skin color of your subject. When Portrait finds the first face in the scene, it analyzes the average skin color of that face and compares it to libraries of hundreds of thousands of color correct skin color samples.

If the first face is deleted, the next face takes over and the color correction base value is reset.

Color correction only needs to be performed on one person in a scene. If you have multiple people, they all have the same color cast issues. Using the Color Correction controls on one person will correct the others as well.

The Color Correction pane controls:

  • Amount: Adjusts the overall strength of the correction.
  • Warmth: Warmth is set automatically based on the image but can be adjusted up or down based on personal preference. Underexposed images may have too much warmth, where open sky, or overexposed images may not be warm enough.
  • Color Shift: Color correction does its best too automatically correct color but may need help based on personal preferences. Use the Color Shift slider to adjust the color or hue to control how red the skin is.
  • Ethnicity: The ethnicity pop-up determines which color library to use for the color correction. Every ethnicity has a different hue characteristic no matter how bright or saturated the skin is. For the best results, use the ethnicity library for the face that is selected. If you are not sure, use the Average option which is an average of all ethnicities.

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Eyes & Mouth

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 1.19.05 PMThe Mouth and Eyes pane contains the controls for enhancing the eyes and mouth.

The eyes and mouth are the key features of the face. Beyond skin retouching, they are the most important and common areas to retouch or enhance. Brightening the eyes and teeth are very common but can be difficult to do in Photoshop in a realistic way.

The eye and mouth selections are broken down into four regions:

  • Whites of the eyes (sclera)
  • Iris of the eyes
  • Lips
  • Teeth (area inside the lips)

Eyes:

  • Whitening: The Eye Whitening slider is used to lighten and whiten the sclera or the whites of the eyes.
  • Detail: The Eye Clarity slider increases the clarity or sharpness of the eye area.
  • Reduce Red Eye: When this is checked it will automatically reduce red eye.

Mouth:

  • Whitening: The Mouth Whitening slider whitens and lightens the teeth. If the subject’s teeth are not showing, don’t use this control.
  • Vibrance: The Mouth Vibrance slider increase the vibrancy or color saturation of the red hues in the mouth region. It is useful for enhancing lip color, typically for women with lipstick.

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Perfect Eraser

The Perfect Eraser can be used to remove distracting elements and blemishes from your image.

How it Works

The Perfect Eraser employs a content aware algorithm that replaces the pixels with a natural and plausible result within the boundaries that are painted.

Using the Perfect Eraser

Activate the tool by selecting it in the Tool-Well.  Simply paint over the area you wish to remove. Make sure you cover the entire area.  A red overlay appears where you paint.

Tool Options Bar

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  • Size: Controls the rise of the brush
  • Pressure Adjusts Size: If you have a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet, you can adjust the size of the brush according to the pressure. Click on the “W” in the box to activate the Wacom sensitivity controls.

If the first attempt does not give you a perfect result, simply paint over it again and it will improve with each pass. You can also fine tune the area after using the Retouch Brush.

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Retouch Brush

Retouch BrushUse the Retouch Brush to remove small imperfections like dust or blemishes.

 

Just dab the retouch brush on spots like acne, dust spots, power lines, etc. It looks at the neighboring areas and fills in the brush with similar color and texture. It is best to use the smallest brush size possible and to work by dabbing rather than making large brush strokes. If you dab with the Retouch Brush and don’t like the results, use the undo command and try using a smaller brush or vary your brush stroke and try again. The Retouch Brush is perfect for retouching skin.

Retouch Brush using the Tool Options Bar:

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  • Brush Size: This adjusts the overall size of the brush.
  • Brush Feather: This adjusts the hardness of the brush. It works best to use a feather larger than 50 to blend and look natural.
  • Brush Opacity: This adjusts how strong the retouching is. Use 100% to completely remove an imperfection. Use a lower opacity to soften them.
  • Pressure Adjusts Size: If you have a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet, you can adjust the size of the brush according to the pressure. Click on the “W” in the box to activate the Wacom sensitivity controls.

 

 

 

 

 

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Viewing the Selection Masks

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 Mask preview off

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  • Mask preview modes allow you to view your mask in before, After, Red Overlay or Grayscale.
  • Turn the mask preview but clicking the mask preview located at the bottom.
  • Change the mask preview mode under View > Mask View Mode.

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Refining the Masking Selections

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 12.13.29 PMIn many cases adjusting the Skin selection mask is not needed. The automatic selections created by Portrait work well on many images. To see if you need to refine the selection masks, follow the steps below.

First, select the Face Edit tool.

Use the Face Edit inspector to refine the skin selection, by clicking “Adjust Skin Area” and use the brush to paint in or out the skin. You can change the mode by clicking in the tool options bar or using the x key to toggle back and forth.

 

 

 

 

 

Tool Options Bar

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  • Mode:  This mode selects either Not Skin, or Add to Skin. Use the Add to Skin mode to brush more mask areas on the skin or Not Skin to subtract mask areas around the skin.
  • Size:  This controls the brush size, also contains a toggle “W” to turn off or on the Wacom pressure sensitivity.
  • Feather: This controls the brush feather, or hardness.
  • Opacity: This controls the opacity, also contains a toggle “W” to turn off or on the Wacom pressure sensitivity.
  • Perfect Brush: This enables the Perfect Brush function, a self masking mode based on color that protects edges.
  • Pressure Adjusts Size:  If you have a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet, you can adjust the size of the brush according to the pressure. Click on the “W” in the box to activate the Wacom sensitivity controls.
  • Pressure Adjusts Opacity:  If you have a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet, you can adjust the opacity of the brush according to the pressure. Click on the “W” in the box to activate the Wacom sensitivity controls.
Tip: You can turn the Perfect Brush on and off using the command or control -r keyboard shortcut. You can also temporarily lock the color the remove by holding down the control key. This is useful when brushing through areas with lots of openings like hair. 

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Presets

Presets store all of the adjustments you make in ON1 Photo 10. Presets are a fast and easy way to get consistent results. You can save your own presets for batch processing or for simply reproducing your look when retouching.

Presets do not store masks created by tools other than the Masking Bug.

Using a Preset

Using a preset is simple, just click on it in the Preset Browser and it will add it to your image. 

Saving a Preset

Once you have your settings that you wish to save, go to the Preset menu and select Save Preset.

The New Preset dialog will appear (shown below). There are several fields to complete including the preset name, the category, creator and description.

In the category pull-down you can select which existing category the preset should saved into. You can also create a new category this way by selecting new category from the top of the list.

You can edit a preset’s name, creator or description by selecting it and then selecting Edit Preset Info from the Preset menu. If you want to edit the settings in a preset, add it to your image, make your adjustments and then re-save the preset with the same name and location. 

Deleting a Preset

You can remove a preset if you no longer want to have access to it. To remove a preset, follow these steps:

  • Select the preset you wish to remove in the preset browser. Right Click, Delete.
  • Select Delete Preset from the Preset menu.

 

Importing & Sharing Presets

You can import presets you have downloaded from the ON1 website using these steps.

  1. Download the preset pack from the ON1 website. It should have a .ONPreset extension.
  2. Double-click on the preset pack, it will install the presets into a category with the same name as the preset pack.

That’s it, next time you use ON1 Photo the new presets will be located in the My Presets tab, in a category named after the preset pack. You can delete the files you downloaded, they have been copied into ON1 Portrait.

You can share presets like you would share any other file, such as email or posting them to a website. First you need to find the preset files. The easiest way it to open ON1 Photo then from the Preset menu select Show Presets Folder. A window will open and will display the presets folder. In the presets folder are sub-folders for your preset categories. Inside each sub-folder are the individual preset files. You can copy these presets to another computer, attach them to an email or post them on a website.

 

 

 

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Setting the Defaults

The Module Settings are located in the Edit menu and allow you to control the default settings that Portrait uses. Below are the options:

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  • Skin Only: Adds a modest amount of skin retouching only.
  • Natural: Adds a modest amount of skin retouching and facial feature enhancement. No color correction is added. This is the default setting.
  • Strong: Adds a heavy retouch with color correction and feature enhancement. This is the default from Portrait version 1.
  • My Settings: A set of drop-down menus where the user may select a category and preset saved in the My Presets tab. This way you can set your own defaults exactly the way you want.

 

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Menus

About ON1 Photo

  • About: Opens the about box. This dialog contains your serial number, version number and information on contacting ON1 Software for support.
  • Preferences: Opens the preferences dialog.
  • Quit: Quits the application.
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File

  • Apply: Applies the current settings and returns to the host application.
  • Cancel: Cancels and returns back to the host application with no changes.
  • Export: Brings up the export dialog box.
  • Print: Brings up the print dialog box.
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Edit

  • Undo: Reverses the last user action.
  • Redo: Reapplies the last user action if it has been undone.
  • Cut: Unused
  • Copy: Unused.
  • Paste: Unused
  • Reset All Faces: Resets all the floating palette controls back to their default settings.
  • Module Settings: Brings up your default settings.
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Face

  • Add Face: Opens the Add Face routine.
  • Delete Face: Deletes the selected face.
  • Reset Face: Resets the selected face controls and masks to default.
  • Next Face: Cycles to the next face. This is disabled if only one face.
  • Previous Face: Cycles to the previous face. This is disabled if only one face.
  • Show All Faces: Displays all selected faces. Sets the preview zoom to fit and changes tools to the Face Select Tool.
  • Copy Settings: Copies the pane settings from the current face to the clipboard.
  • Paste Settings: Pastes the settings from the clipboard onto the current image.
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Preset

  • Save Preset: Saves the settings as a new preset.
  • Delete Preset: Deletes the current preset.
  • Edit Preset: Opens the preset dialog so you can edit the name, author or description information.
  • Update Preset with Current Settings: Updates your preset with any changes you have made.
  • Import Preset: Opens the import preset dialog to help you import presets you have downloaded.
  • Show Presets Folder: Opens a Finder or Explorer window showing the presets folder.
  • Manage Extras: Opens the Extras Manager where you can import and manage extras like Borders, Backgrounds, Textures and Presets.
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View

Zoom In: Zooms the preview window in one increment. This will make the preview image larger.
Zoom Out: Zooms the preview window out one increment. This will make the preview image smaller.
Fit to Screen: Fits the zoom to the screen so the entire image is viewable.
Fill with Face: Sets the zoom so the current face fills the entire screen.
Actual Pixels: This sets the preview image so that it zooms to actual pixels or 1:1 also called 100%. This setting allows you to see every pixel in the image. This is useful when making precision adjustments.
Browser Mode: Allows the user to select how the Browser Library displays the categories.
Show Clipping: Shows the clipping overlay view, which over-rides the current mask view.
Show Preview: Toggle to enable or disable the preview.
Preview Mode: Allows the user to switch preview modes.
Preview Background Color: Toggles the background color options.
Show Mask: Shows or hides the mask view.
Mask View Mode: Select which mask view mode to view.
Show Tool Guidance: Shows the tool guidance inspectors.

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Window

Minimize: Minimizes the window.
Zoom: 
Zooms window.
Full Screen: 
Brings window to full screen mode. 
Navigator/Loupe/Histogram:
 Hides or shows the Navigator, Loupe/ Histogram pane.
Skin Retouching: Opens/closes the Skin Retouching pane.
Color Correction: Opens/closes the Color Correction pane.
Eyes & Mouth: Opens/closes the Color Correction pane.
Show Browser Panel: Hides or shows the Browser Panel.
Show Control Panel: Hides or shows the Control Panel.
Hide Panels: Hides or shows all Panels.
Document Name: Shows the name, zoom level and bit depth of the open image.

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Help

Search: Mac OSX only. Searches the menus options.
Perfect Portrait Online Help: Opens this html Help in your default web browser.
Video Tutorials: Opens the online Video Tutorial in your default web browser.
Keyboard Shortcuts: Opens the keyboard shortcut inspector.
Check for  Updates: Checks with the ON1 update server to see if you are running the current version. If there is a newer version you will be notified and be walked through the update process.
Deactivate: Opens the activation dialog. These are used to deactivate your software for moving it to another computer or for a return.
Registration: Opens the default web browser and navigates to the registration page of the ON1 website.
Provide Feedback: Opens the default web browser and navigates to the feedback page of the ON1 website.
Help Improve ON1 Products: Opens the Improve ON1 Products dialog.

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Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts

ON1 Portrait has many keyboard short-cuts to make it faster to access common buttons and menu items. It also uses many of the keyboard shortcuts that Photoshop uses, making it intuitive to learn. Here is a list of the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts:

Action  Mac  Win
 Apply  Return  Return
 Cancel  Esc  Esc
 Print  cmd p  ctl p
 Undo  cmd z  ctl z
 Redo  cmd shift z  ctl shift z
 Cut  cmd x  ctl x
 Copy  cmd c  ctl c
 Paste  cmd v  ctl v
 Next Face  cmd shift n  ctl shift n
 Previous Face  cmd shift opt n  ctl shift alt n
 Show All Faces  cmd opt n  ctl alt n
 Copy Settings  cmd shift c  ctl shift c
 Paste Settings  cmd shift v  ctl shift v
 Save Preset  cmd shift s  ctl shift s
 Zoom In  cmd +  ctl +
 Zoom Out  cmd –  ctl –
 Fit to Screen  cmd 0  ctl 0
 Actual Pixels  cmd opt 0  ctl alt 0
 Next Browser View Mode  cmd b  ctl b
 Navigate Browser Selection  Arrow Keys  Arrow Keys
 Open Selected Category  Right Arrow  Right Arrow
 Close Selected Category  Left Arrow  Left Arrow
 Show Clipping  opt j  alt j
 Preview On/Off  \  \
 Preview Modes
-Single
-Left/Right
-Left/Right Split
-Top/Bottom
-Top/Bottom Split
cmd Y
cmd L
cmd opt L
cmd T
cmd opt T
ctl Y
ctl L
ctl alt L
ctl T
ctl alt T
 Show Mask  o  o
 Navigator/Loupe/Histogram  cmd 1  ctl 1
 Skin Retouching  cmd 2  ctl 2
 Color Correction  cmd 3  ctl 3
 Eyes & Mouth  cmd 4  ctl 4
 Open Quick View Browser  cmd up arrow  ctl up arrow
 Show Browser Panel  cmd left arrow  ctl left arrow
 Show Control Panel  cmd right arrow  ctl right arrow
 Hide Panels  tab  tab
 Full Screen  cmd ctl f  ctl alt f
 Keyboard Shortcuts  cmd shift k  ctl shift k
 Select Pan Tool  h  h
 Select Zoom Tool  z  z
 Select Face Select Tool  s  s
 Select Retouch Brush  r  r
 Select Face Edit Tool  e  e
 Toggle Perfect Brush  cmd r  ctl r
 Brush Size  larger ]
smaller [
larger ]
smaller [
 Brush Feather softer shift ]
harder shift [
softer shift ]
harder shift [
 Brush Opacity opt 1 (10%)
opt 2 (20%)
opt 0 (100%)
etc
opt ] more opaque
opt [ less opaque
opt 1 (10%)
opt 2 (20%)
opt 0 (100%)
etc
alt ] more opaque
alt [ less opaque
 Toggle Tool Mode  x  x
 Toggle Mask View  ctl opt m  ctl alt m
 Temporarily hide controls and use pan tool  space  space

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F. ON1 Effects

User Interface

ON1 Effects Main Window:

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A. Effects Browser: This is your library of filters and presets and is located on the left side of the window for easy browsing.
B. Tool Well
: This is where the tools are located.
C. Thumbnails: This is where you can preview the effects before applying to your image.
D. Preferences/Help:
These are shortcut buttons to your preferences and help.
E. Search: This is where you search for your favorite presets and filters.
F. Tools Option Bar:
This is where information and options about each tool is set.
G. Preview Window:
This is the main section where you preview and work on images.
H. Before/After/Mask: Here you can view your before/after A/B, turn preview off/on or show/hide mask.
I. Navigator, Loupe and Histogram Pane: This pane will access the Navigational, Loupe and Histogram features.
J. Overall Settings: This pane will adjust the overall settings on all added filters/presets. It also has the Add Filter button.
K. Filter Options: This is where you access the filter options pane once the filter has been added.
L. Cancel/Apply Buttons: This is where you cancel or apply an action.
M. Module Selector: This is where you choose which module to open.
N. Export/Sharing: These buttons will open up export or sharing options.

The ON1 Effects Tool Well

There are four different tools in the ON1 Effects tool well. More details about each tool will be covered in the next chapters.

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 Masking Brush This masks out filters using brush strokes to expose underlying filter layers.
 Quick Mask This tool masks out large similar areas quickly.
 Masking Bug This tool lets you mask out the layer to expose the original underlying image.
 Line Mask This tool is good for linear straight masking.
 Refine Brush This tool refines the mask intersections to cleanly mask difficult areas like hair.
 Chisel Mask This tool moves the edge of the mask slightly to remove fringes.
 Blur Mask This tool softens the mask slightly to blend more naturally.
 Hand Tool This tool drags your image within the preview window when enlarged.
 Zoom Tool This tool changes the magnification in the preview window.

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Navigator, Loupe, Histogram and Info

At the top of the control panel on the right of the main window is the Navigator | Loupe | Histogram | Info panes. It contains four useful tools for inspecting and viewing details of your image.

The Navigator Pane

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This gives you a birds-eye view of your image. The white square region marks the image area that is visible in the preview pane. You can pan your image by clicking and dragging inside the square.

At the bottom of the Navigator pane are several Zoom presets. Click on a Zoom preset to activate.

  • FIT: Zooms to fit the current canvas size. This allows you to see your entire image.
  • 100: Zooms to 100% or actual pixels. This is best for judging small details.
  • 50: Zooms to 50%
  • 25: Zooms to 25%

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This gives you a magnified view of the section of the preview under the cursor. This allows you to view the quality of your results while maintaining a complete view of your image.

At the bottom of the Loupe Pane is a sliding for adjusting the zoom level.

The Histogram Pane

This gives you a color chart of the shadow, mid-tone and highlight areas based on the image RGB values. This is useful to show areas within the image that may be clipping. Clipping is when your image contains pure blacks or white and can signify loss of highlight or shadow detail.

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 4.49.40 PMThe left side of the histogram represents the shadows, while the right represents the highlights. At the top of each end is a triangle. If the triangle is lit, there is clipping on that side of the histogram. If you click on the arrows, you will activate the clipping overlay on your image. The areas of your image with a blue overlay are pure black, while the areas with the red overlay are pure white. You can turn the clipping view off again by clicking on one of the triangles. You can also temporarily enable clipping view by holding down the J key at any time. The clipping view is useful when you are making adjusts to the brightness and contrast of your image.

The Histogram pane also displays the RGB values under the cursor at the bottom of the pane.

The Info Pane

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The info pane will display important metadata about your file including:

Camera type
File type
Focal length and lens information
Date and time captured
Exposure information
ISO
Shutter Speed
Aperture
Exposure Value
Filename
Color Space
Dimensions
File Size and Bit Depth

If your camera allows for GPS the GPS button will be viewable and you can click on it to get the GPS cordinates for where the image was taken. This feature only works if you have GPS enabled on your camera or mobile device. Otherwise you will not see the GPS button.

The Info panel is not visible when you access a Module as a Photoshop plug-in.

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Navigating the Preview

ON1 Photo 10 provides several ways to navigate and view your image in the Preview window.

The Preview Window above is the main section where you preview and work on images.

The Hand tool is used to position the image within the Preview window, whenever the preview zoom is larger than the viewable area.

To pan (scroll) in the Preview window:

  • Select the Hand Tool and drag the image until you locate the area you wish to view.
  • With any other tool selected, hold down the spacebar while you drag the image in the window.
Double-click the Hand tool in the Toolbar to set the image to a magnification that fits completely in the current window size.

 

Zoom Tool: Adjusts the magnification of the image in the Preview window.

With the Zoom tool selected:

  • Click in the Preview window to zoom in and center the image at the location clicked.
  • Click and drag in the Preview window to draw a rectangular, the screen fills with the area within the rectangle when you release the mouse.
  • Hold the Option key (Mac) or Alt key (Win) and click to zoom out.
Double-click the Zoom tool in the Toolbar to set the image to 1:1 or 100% magnification, showing every pixel. This is best when examining small details.

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Preview Window Modes

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 3.21.50 PMThe preview window can be viewed side-by-side (vertical). At the bottom left of the Preview Window is a button that toggles and shows the current Preview Mode. You can also change the mode from the View menu.

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Browsing Filters and Presets

Browsing Filters and Presets

Built into ON1 Effects is a browser, located in the left panel. You can use it to browse the factory supplied filters, presets you have created or downloaded from the ON1 website or for marking and finding your favorites. Below is a description of the controls in the browser.Filters

A. Browser Tabs: This switches between presets and filters.
B. Filter Categories: This will list the different filter categories for you to choose from.
C. Quick View Browser ButtonPress this button to open the current folder in the Quick View Browser.
D. Image File: A thumbnail of the image is displayed and will have the filter applied to it.
E. Search Field: Use the search field to locate filters or presets. Simply start to type and your results will appear in a new sub-folder called search results while you type.

Browser Tabs

The Browser is divided into two tabs Presets and Filters.

  • Filters: The Filters tab contains the factory Filters provided by ON1.
  • Presets: When save your own presets or install presets from the ON1 website, they will be located here.

Navigating the Browser

  • To open a category, click on it. To close it use the arrow to go back.
  • Only one top-level folder can be open at a time.
  • The selected item, either a filter or preset, will have a light silver box around it.
  • You can use the up and down arrow keys to change your selection in the browser.
  • You can close a category using the command (control on Windows) up arrow.

Selecting a Filter or Preset to Use

  • To activate a filter or preset on your image, simply click on it and it will add it to your image.

Searching

  • To search for filters or presets in the current browser tab, type in the name in the search field.
  • The search results appear in a new sub-folder called search results, which will be selected automatically.
  • You can clear the search field by pressing the x at the right end of the search field.

View_BrowseModeBrowser Modes

  • You can change the browser view by using the View > Browser
  • The Browser is capable of displaying one, two or three column thumbnail views.

Resizing and Closing the Browser

  • The browser can be resized it on the right side of the margin.
  • The browser can be closed or reopened by using the cmd (control on Windows) left and right arrow keys or using the arrows in the bottom corners of your screen.

Quick View BrowserQVB

The Quick View Browser adds an elegant full-screen view of your images, filters and presets. Whether you are looking for the right image or the right look, the Quick View Browser will make fast work of the problem. Just press the Quick View Browser button (or the option (alt) right arrow keyboard shortcut) and you will see the full array of options to choose from. You can visually navigate categories, then dive into them to find just the right look.

  • Browse effects quickly to find the right one to work on.
  • Variable thumbnail sizes gives you a few large previews or many small ones depending on your screen size and content.
  • Use your keyboard arrow keys to navigate.
  • Press the return key to select an item.

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Using the Filter Stack

The Filter Stack is a list of all Filters and presets added to an image.

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When you add a Filter to your image, it will appear on the current Filter Layer in the Filters Stack pane. The Stack works similar to the Layers or History palettes in Photoshop. At the bottom of the Filters Stack will be your first filter. Each Filter you select in the Library will replace the Filter on the currently selected Filter Layer.

You can create a Filter Layer by clicking the Add + Filter icon.

You move forward and backward in time by selecting different Filter Layers in the Stack. 

For example, if you had a Filter Stack of three Filter Layers applied, you could go back to the first Filter by selecting it in the Filters Stack. The second and third Filter Layers will appear disabled and your preview will show only the results  with the first Filter Layer applied. You can then click on the third Filter Layer, the most recently applied, and the second and third Filters will appear active again and the preview will show the results of all three Filters. The results of each Filter Layer in Effects are cumulative, so the results of the first Filter are passed to the second Filter and so forth.

It is best to work with Effects in a step-by-step process, knowing that the results from each step are the starting point for the next Filter. This means that when selecting the Filters to apply, think about the workflow order you use.

It is best to make color and tonal adjustments first, followed by special Filters and finish with final touches such as vignettes and sharpening. Thinking of the proper steps to add Filters in Effects will give you better and faster results.

Adding Filters

To add a Filter Layer click the Add filter button. This creates a new empty Filter Layer. Then select a Filter from the Filter Browser. To add a second filter just select the add filter button again and choose the next filter to add.

You can also double-click on a Filter in the Filter Browser to place it in the current Filter Layer and add a new empty Filter Layer above it.

Hiding Filters

A Filter may be temporarily hidden or revealed by pressing the check box icon next to the Filter in the Stack. When you hide a Filter, you are not removing it from the Stack. You can reveal it again anytime. Keep in mind that hiding a Filter in the middle of the Stack may take a moment to re-render and update your preview.

Changing Filter Order

Filters may be reordered in the Stack by clicking and dragging them into the desired position. Reordering Filters can have a huge difference on the results of the image. Reordering Filters will cause the Stack to re-render which may take a few moments.

Deleting an Filter

You remove a Filter by selecting it and pressing the trash button at the right of the Filters pane or by pressing the delete key on your keyboard.

Adjusting the Opacity

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The Overall Opacity slider controls the strength of all Filters that are in the stack. You adjust the opacity for any Filter by selecting it and then adjusting the layer opacity slider for the individual Filter. Adjusting the opacity slider effectively adjusts the strength of a Filter. For example, if you add a black and white conversion Filter, sliding the layer opacity down will reveal some of the color from the previous state. Usually, the opacity slider will be set to 100% when you add a Filter, however with some Filters like vignettes and soft focus Filters, it may be automatically set at 50%.

Adjusting the layer opacity slider to greater than 50% will make the Filter stronger, while adjusting it to less than 50% will make the Filter weaker.

Blending Options

Clicking on the Blending Options gear icon will drop down the Blending Options. This window offers advanced blending options between Filters. You can blend an individual filter layer or the entire stack. The blending option controls are:

Blending: A pop-up list of blending modes. The list includes normal, lighten, darken, screen, multiply, softlight, hardlight, overlay and color.

Apply Filter To: A pop-up list of color or tonal ranges will appear, only one may be selected. The options are; all, highlights, midtones, shadows, reds, greens, blues, magentas, cyans, yellows, flesh colors, vivid colors and neutrals. This applied Filter creates a selection based on the lightness, hue, or saturation range specified. There is a Fuzziness slider associated with this control that adjusts the hardness or precision of the selection. The range is zero to 100.

Custom:  Select the Dropper tool and click on the image to sample a custom color range.

Protect: The protect sliders are used to remove a Filter from a specific color or tonal range. The sliders are; highlights, shadows and skin. The selection created should be feathered and appear natural. The default for these sliders is zero; the range is zero to 64. The range for Flesh Colors is zero to 100.

Reset: This resets all settings to the original default settings.

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Using Filters

ON1 Effects has its own image-processing engine. This allows you to control the settings for many filters down to the smallest detail.

There are 25 Filters that do all the work in ON1 Effects. Stacking and blending these filters will create different effects. These filters are accessed in the Filter Options pane or the Browser

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  • Adjustable Gradient
  • Adjustment Brush
  • Antique
  • Black and White
  • Bleach Bypass
  • Blur
  • Borders
  • Color Enhancer
  • Cross Process
  • Dynamic Contrast
  • Glow
  • Grunge
  • HDR Look
  • Lens Blur
  • Lens Flare
  • Nose Reduction
  • Photo Filter
  • Portrait Enhancer
  • Sharpening
  • Split Tone
  • Sunshine
  • Texturizer
  • Tone Enhancer
  • Vignette
  • Vintage

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Adjustable Gradient makes it fast to add common adjustments to a portion of the image. Adding the Adjustable Gradient will automatically activate the Masking Bug. This is used when you want to apply a custom filter to a particular area of an image.

  • Preset Icons: Shortcuts to the most popular presets.
  • Presets: Pop-up that lists all built-in presets for the filter.
  • Brightness: Adjusts the overall brightness of the image.
  • Contrast: Adjusts the overall contrast of the image.
  • Compression: Compresses the tonal scale to reveal highlights and detail.
  • Detail: Enhances the details by increasing the micro contrast.
  • Warmth: Makes the image warmer or cooler.
  • Vibrance: Controls the vibrance or how saturated the colors appear.
  • Glow: Adjusts the image glow.
  • Type: Sets the style or blending for the glow.
Reset will return the settings to the default.

 

 

Adjustment Brush

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The Adjustment Brush filter lets you paint-in common adjustments just where you need them.

  • Preset Icons: Shortcuts to the most popular presets.
  • Presets: Pop-up that lists all built-in presets for the filter.
  • Brightness: Adjusts the overall brightness of the image
  • Contrast: Adjusts the overall contrast of the image.
  • Compression: Compresses the tonal scale to reveal highlights and detail.
  • Detail: Enhances the details by increasing the micro contrast.
  • Warmth: Makes the image warmer or cooler.
  • Vibrance: Controls the vibrance or how saturated the colors appear.
  • Glow: Adjusts the image glow.
  • Type: Sets the style or blending for the glow.

Reset will return the settings to the default.

When you add an Adjustment Brush, nothing appears on your image until you paint in where you want it. 

Antique

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To give your image an aged look, older than the vintage filter, monochromatic or hand colored

  • Preset Icons: Shortcuts to the most popular presets.
  • Presets: Pop-up that lists all built-in presets for the filter.
  • Brightness: Adjusts the overall brightness of the image.
  • Haze: Adds haze or white fill to the image.
  • Saturation: Adjusts the color saturation.
  • Color: Drop down menu displays a list of color options similar to the duotone filter.
  • Film Grain: Amount controls the strength and size dictates how large the grain appears.
Reset will return the settings to the default.

 

 

Black and White

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The black and white effect is used to turn a color image into a monochromatic image.

  • Preset: A preset menu drop down full of popular looks.
  • Filter: Simulates placing a colored filter over your lens
    when photographing with black and white film. It works like a channel mixer, choosing the percentage of each channel to use.
  • Brightness: Adjusts the overall brightness of the image.
  • Contrast: Adjusts the overall contrast of the image.
  • Auto:  Selects the Black and White points automatically.
  • Highlights:  This slider darkens the highlights recovering detail.
  • Shadows:  This slider lightens the shadows revealing detail.
  • Whites:  This slider adds more contrast to the whites.
  • Blacks:  Adds more contrast to the blacks.
  • Detail:  Enhances the fine details.
  • Toner: A drop-down list of darkroom toners which add a subtle color tint to the image.
  • Highlights:  Click on the color square to select the highlight toner color. The amount slider controls the strength of the toner color on the highlights.
  • Shadows: Click on the color square to select the shadow toner color.  The amount slider controls the strength of the toner color on the shadows.
  • Swap Colors: Pressing this button swaps the highlight and shadow colors.
  • Preserve Whites and Blacks: When on, this checkbox keeps the pure whites and blacks neutral instead of taking on the color of the toner.
  • Film Grain: A drop-down list of Film Grains from popular black and white films.  Amount slider is for controlling the strength.  Size slider adjusts the scale of the grain.
Reset will return the settings to the default.

 

Bleach Bypass

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An old color processing technique when the bleaching step was skipped. It reduces the saturation and increases the contrast.

  • Preset Icons: Shortcuts to the most popular presets.
  • Presets: Pop-up that lists all built-in presets for the filter.
  • Amount: Controls the strength or amount of the bleach bypass appearance.
  • Brightness:  Adjusts the overall brightness of the image.
  • Contrast: Increases or decreases the global contrast.
  • Detail: Enhances the details by increasing the micro contrast.
  • Saturation: Adjusts the underlying saturation.
  • Tint: Choose a new color by clicking in the color icon.
  • Amount: Adjusts the strength of the tint.
Reset will return the settings to the default.

 

 

Blur

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The blur filter contains four options for blurring the image. These options are Normal, Radial, Motion and Surface.  Each Type of blur has it own individual sliders.  Use the Preset drop down menu or click on the Type Icon to select the blur.

  • Normal:  A gaussian blur applied to the entire image.  Amount slider controls the strength of the blur. Halo slider controls the fuzziness of the radius.
  • Radial:  A zoom from center style. Amount controls the strength of the blur. Quality controls how noisy or the graininess of the blur. Smoothing softens the lines created by the motion. The Radial option also includes a center spot selector.  Activate the spot selector by clicking on the icon and then click on the part of the image you want to make the center of the radial blur.
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  • Motion:  A motion look to make the object or camera appear to be moving.  Amount controls the strength of the blur.  Distance controls the blur relative to area between the subject and camera. Angle sets the angle of the blur. Smoothin
    g softens the lines created by the motion *The Shake preset is a motion type.
  • Surface:  Simply maintains the edges but adds blur to the details.  Amount slider controls the strength of the blur. Halo slider
    controls the fuzziness of the radius.  Threshold sets how similar colors are grouped.
Reset will return the settings to the default.

Borders

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Adds authentic looking borders.

  • Preset:  Drop down menu of popular borders.
  • Category: Sets the category.
  • Border: Selects which border to add.
  • Mode: Sets the blending mode for the border.
  • Opacity: Sets the strength or opacity.
  • Hue: Sets the hue of the border.
  • Saturation: Sets the saturation of the border.
  • Brightness:  Sets the brightness of the border.
  • Colorize: When checked will allow users to adjust the Border color by using the Hue, Saturation, and Brightness sliders.
  • Invert: Inverts the colorize options.
  • Thickness: Sets the thickness of the border.
  • Fit Image: Adjusts the size of the image under the border.
  • Button icons (right to left): Rotate clockwise 90 degrees, rotate counterclockwise 90 degrees, flip vertically, flip horizontally.
Reset will return the settings to the default.

 

Color Enhancer

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The color enhancer can be used to control the saturation or vibrancy of colors in the image. This can be done on a global basis (All) or per a range of colors.

  • Presets: Pop-up that lists all built-in presets for the filter.
  • Auto: Detects and removes a color cast.
  • Temperature: Adjusts the warmth of the image.
  • Tint: Shifts the hue between green and magenta.
  • Vibrance: Adjusts the vibrance of muted colors.
  • Gray dropper: Manually select a gray area to set the temperature and tint sliders automatically.
  • Limit Vibrance on Skin box: When checked will protect flesh tones.
  • Color Range: Selects which color range to adjust.
  • Hue: Changes the hue for the selected color range.
  • Saturation: Adjusts the saturation of the selected color range.
  • Brightness: Adjusts the brightness of the selected color range.
  • Purity – Highlights: Reduces the saturation in the highlights.
  • Purity – Shadows: Reduces the saturation in the shadows.
Reset will return the settings to the default.

 

Cross Process

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This filter simulates processing film deliberately with the incorrect chemistry. This process will create unnatural colors and high contrast.

  • Preset Icons: Quick automation of popular cross processes.
  • Presets: A drop-down menu with a selection of cross process presets.
  • Styles: A drop down list of all color styles.
  • Amount: Controls the overall strength of the filter.
  • Brightness: Adjusts the overall brightness.
  • Contrast: Adjusts the overall contrast.
  • Saturation: Adjusts the underlining saturation.
Reset will return the settings to the default.

 

Dynamic Contrast

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Dynamic contrast adds clarity or tonal contrast to your image making the image pop.

  • Preset Icons: Presets for quick adjustments.
  • Preset: A drop-down menu with a fill list of dynamic contrast presets.
  • Detail Small:  Adjusts contrast in small areas.
  • Detail Medium: Adjusts contrast in medium areas.
  • Detail Large: Adjusts the contrast in large areas.
  • Auto: Sets the black and white points automatically.
  • Highlights: Recovers detail in the highlights.
  • Shadows: Recovers detail in the shadows.
  • Whites: Increases the white contrast.
  • Blacks: Increases the black contrast.
  • Vibrance: Adjusts the vibrance of muted colors.
Reset will return the settings to the default.

 

 

Glow

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This filter adds a soft focus glow to the image.

  • Preset Icons: Presets for quick adjustments.
  • Preset: A drop-down menu with a list of glow presets.
  • Amount: Controls the overall strength of the glow.
  • Halo: Sets the fuzziness or radius of the glow.
  • Style: A drop-down menu to set the style or blending.
  • Warmth: Controls the temperature of the glow.
  • Saturation: Adjusts the saturation of the image.

Reset will return the settings to the default.

 

Grunge

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This filter is used to add a dirty or grungy look to your image. Its great for urban exploration or even senior portraits.

  • Preset Icons: Presets for quick adjustments.
  • Preset: A drop-down menu with a list of grunge presets.
  • Amount: Adjusts the overall strength of the grunge.
  • Brightness: Adjusts the overall brightness of the image.
  • Saturation: Adjusts the underlying saturation.
  • Detail: Adjusts the amount of detail.
  • Glow Amount: Adds a glow to the grunge.
  • Glow Style: A drop-down of glow styles or blending.
  • Film Grain Amount: Adds film grain to the image.
  • Film Grain Size: Controls the grain size.
Reset will return the settings to the default.

 

 

 

HDR Look

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This filter recreates the HDR style of tone mapping.

  • Preset Icons: Presets for a quick adjustment.
  • Preset: A drop-down menu with a list of HDR presets.
  • Compression: Compresses the tone to reveal highlight and shadow detail.
  • Detail: Increases the local contrast.
  • Clarity: Increases the global contrast.
  • Highlights: Recovers detail in the highlights.
  • Shadows: Recovers detail in the shadows.
  • Vibrance: Adjusts the vibrance of muted colors.
  • Glow: Adds a bright glow.
  • Grunge: Adds a dark gritty look.
Reset will return the settings to the default.

 

Lens Blur

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This filter is the replacement for FocalPoint.  It creates a blur, based on a camera lens such as a tilt-shift or a shallow depth of field look.

  • Preset Icons: Presets for a quick adjustment.
  • Amount: Adjusts the overall strength of the blur.
  • Optic Quality: Controls the aperture shape in the inner and outer feather.
  • Motion: Adds motion to the blur.
  • Motion Type: A drop-down for selecting a motion type.
  • Angle: Sets the direction of the motion blur.
  • Sides: Sets the number of blades in the lens aperture changing the shape of the bokeh.
  • Curvature: Sets the curvature of the aperture blades.
  • Blooming: Adjusts the highlight bokeh.
  • Brightness: Controls the overall brightness of the blur.
  • Contrast: Controls the contrast of the blurred areas.
  • Film Grain: Adds simulated film grain to the blurred areas.
Reset will return the settings to the default.

 

 

 

Lens Flare

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The Lens Flare filter is used to create or enhance images shot into the sun. It reduces contrast, shifts color and renders a realistic lens flare.

  • Preset Icons: Presets for a quick adjustment.
  • Style: Sets the style, either lens flare or sun spot.
  • Amount: Adjusts the overall strength of the effect.
  • Size: Controls the size of the effect.
  • Light Source Tool: Click and drag with this tool to set the location of the light source. This can be off the image.
  • Camera Position Tool: Click and drag with this tool to set the location of the camera. This changes the shape of the lens flare. This can be off the image.
  • Show Rings: Shows or hides round aperture shaped artifacts in the lens flare.
  • Color Style: Select a vintage color look.
  • Amount: Control the amount of the vintage color look.
  • Vibrance: Add vibrance to the underlying image.
  • Shadow Fade: Decreases the shadow density by brightening the shadows. Adds a matte or faded look
  • Blooming: Adjusts the highlight bokeh.
Random will set all the properties randomly. Reset will return the settings to the default.

 

 

Noise Reduction

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The noise reduction filter is used to reduce both luminance and color noise while maintaining image detail.

  • Preset Icons: Presets for a quick adjustment.
  • Luminance: Adjusts the overall strength of the noise reduction applied to the luminance or detail of the image. Hold down the alt key to see just the luminance while adjusting this slider.
  • Color: Controls the amount of noise reduction applied just to the color or chroma of the image.
  • Detail: Controls how much edge detail is protected. Hold down the alt key to see the edge mask while adjusting this slider.
  • Automatically Zoom to 1:1: It is important that you view your image at 100% or 1:1 when adjusting noise reduction controls. This automatically zooms in for you.
  • Apply to: Allows you to limit the noise reduction to just a portion of the image based on color or brightness.
  • Dropper: Sets a custom color range to apply the noise reduction to.
  • Range: Adjusts the range or fuzziness of the color range to apply the noise reduction to.
Reset will return the settings to the default.

 

Photo Filter

This filter recreates solid color filters like warming and cooling. It also creates gradient filters like neutral density and bicolor filters. Bicolor filters are different colors on each side of a divide. Each filter offers different options.

Below are examples of these types of filters.


  

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Here are the filter options:

  • Filter: A drop-down menu with filter presets.
  • Filter Icons: Sets the filter type; Solid, graduated, bi-color or center.
  • Colors: Color wells for setting the filter color.
  • Strength: Sets the strength or opacity of the filter.
  • Saturation: Adjusts the saturation of the underlying image.
  • Position: These are controls for adjusting the position, rotation and transition (hardness).
  • Mode: Sets the blending mode.

Graduated and Bi-Color

  • Presets: Selects the filter position on the image.
  • Distance: Adjusts the edge of the filter position.
  • Rotation: Adjusts the filter rotation or angle.
  • Transition: Adjusts the hardness of the feather.

Center

  • Transition: Adjusts the hardness of the feather.
  • Size: Adjusts the size of the center spot.
  • In/Out: Inverts the filter.
Reset will return the settings to the default.

Portrait Enhancer

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The Portrait Enhancer is used to reduce blemishes, smooth skin and reduce shine on skin.

  • Preset: Presets for quick adjustments.
  • Blemishes: Adjusts the strength of acne, pores and fine lines.
  • Smoothing: Adjusts the strength of smoothing similar to makeup foundation.
  • Shine: Adjusts the strength of the skin shine.
  • Skin Color: Use the Color Dropper icon to select the skin color. Click the icon to activate it and single click again on the color of the skin in the image.
  • Color Well: This will display the color you have chosen, if you click on the box it will bring up a color picker.
  • Range: Adjusts the precision of the color selected.

Reset will return the settings to the default.

 

Sharpening

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The sharpening filter adds a touch of sharpness to compensate for a moving subject, out of focus camera or for an illustrative effect.

  • Preset Icons: Presets for quick adjustments.
  • Preset: A drop-down menu of Presets.
  • Type: A drop-down menu of the sharpening types. High-Pass, Progressive and Unsharp Mask.  Each sharpening method has its own set of sliders.
  • Amount: Controls the overall strength of the sharpening.
  • Radius: Sets the radius of the sharpening.
  • Detail: Controls the small details.
  • Protection: Protects tonal areas such as skies.
Reset will return the settings to the default.

 

 

 

Split Tone

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This filter was formally known as Duotone. It is a gradient map that tints the dark and light portions of the image in different hues. This is used to age an image and give it an antique or vintage look.

  • Preset Icons: Preset for quick adjustments.
  • Preset: A drop-down menu of all Split Tone presets.
  • Highlights Color: Use the Color Well icon to launch the color picker.
  • Highlights Amount: Controls the strength of the color selected on the highlights.
  • Shadows Color: Use the Color Well icon to launch the color picker.
  • Shadows Amount: Controls the strength of the color selected on the shadows.
  • Swap Colors: Swaps the Highlight and Shadow colors.
  • Balance: Adjusts the balance between the shadow and highlight colors.
  • Mode: Sets the blending mode for the split tone.
Reset will return the settings to the default.

 

 

Sunshine

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This Filter increases the appearance of sunshine.  It makes a flat cloudy day more vivid.

  • Preset Icons: Presets for quick adjustments.
  • Preset: A drop-down menu of all the Sunshine presets.
  • Amount: Controls the overall strength of the Sunshine.
  • Warmth: Adjusts the temperature.
  • Saturation: Adjusts the the vibrance or saturation.
  • Glow: Adds a bright glow to the image.
Reset will return all the settings to the default.

 

 

 

Texturizer

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This filter places a texture over the image to add a stylized look. When loading a texture file, it will be rotated automatically to match the orientation of the destination image layer. The user can override the rotation with the rotate and flip tools.

  • Preset: A drop-down menu of all the Texture presets.
  • Category: Sets the category.
  • Texture: Selects the specific texture type.
  • Mode: Sets the blending mode for the texture.
  • Opacity: Sets the strength or opacity.
  • Hue: Adjusts the Hue of the texture.
  • Saturation: Controls the saturation of the texture.
  • Brightness: Adjusts the brightness of the texture.
  • Scale: Changes the size of the texture.
  • Rotate & Flip Icons: Rotates or flips the texture.

Reset wil return all the setting to the default.

 

Tone Enhancer

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The tone enhancer controls the brightness and contrast, or tone of the image.

  • Preset: A drop-down menu of all the Tone Enhancer Presets.
  • Brightness: Adjusts the global brightness.
  • Contrast: Adjusts the global contrast.
  • Shadows: Lightens the shadows to recover detail.
  • Highlights: Darkens the highlights to recover overexposed areas.
  • Compression: Compresses the tonal scale.
  • Auto: When enabled, this sets the black and white clipping points automatically, improving the contrast range.
  • Whites: Sets the white clipping amount.
  • Blacks: Sets the black clipping amount.
  • Detail: Increases the local contrast in the image.
  • Clarity: Enhances large edges to add clarity.
  • Curves: The curves dialog is a powerful, advanced tool for adjusting contrast and color.
Reset will return all the settings to the default.

 

 

 

 

 

Vignette

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The vignette control allows the user to darken or lighten the edges of the image.

  • Preset Icons: Presets for quick adjustments.
  • Presets: A drop-down menu of all the Vignette presets.
  • Brightness: Controls how light or dark the vignette is.
  • Size: Controls the size of the midpoint of the gradient.
  • Feather: Controls the hardness of the edge of the vignette.
  • Roundness: Controls the shape of the vignette square to round.
  • Style: This drop down menu will allow you to select either a normal, subtle or soft vignette.
  • Center Tool: This tool allows you to select the center point of the vignette.  Click on the tool icon to activate and then click on the area in the image you wish to make the center.
Reset will return all the setting to the default.

 

Vintage

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The vintage filter is for adding an aged, vintage look reminiscent of films and papers for the late 20th Century.

  • Preset Icons: Presets for quick adjustments.
  • Preset: A drop-down menu of all the Vintage presets.
  • Style: A drop-down menu of various color styles.
  • Amount: Controls the overall strength.
  • Saturation: Adjusts the saturation of the original image.
  • Film Grain Amount: Adds film grain to the image.
  • Film Grain Size: Controls the grain size.
Reset will return all the settings to the default.

 

 

 

 

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Mask Preview Modes

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  • Mask preview modes allow you to view your mask in Grayscale or Red Overlay.
  • Turn the mask preview on by clicking the mask preview located at the bottom.
  • Change the mask preview mode under View > Mask View Mode.

 

 

 

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Using the Masking Brush

  The Masking Brush: The Masking Brush functions like a brush tool for masking layers.
The Masking Brush is one of two tools in Perfect Effects for masking filters. When you select the Masking Brush, your tool icon changes to a circle that represents the size of the brush. It may also appear as two concentric circles (see right), indicating the inner hard edge and outer soft edge of the brush if the feather control is set above zero. There is also either a plus or minus in the center of the brush. Minus means the brush mode is set to paint-out, plus means it is set to paint-in.  
 

How to use the Masking Brush
 
To use the Masking Brush, select it in the tool well. Make sure you are on the effect you wish to hide. Then check your brush mode and confirm it is set to Paint-Out. You are ready to mask now, simply paint on the image in the areas you wish to hide. As you brush, you will see the underlying effect(s) appear. If you make a mistake while brushing you have several options to correct them:

  • First you can use the Undo command from the edit menu. This will undo the last brush stroke you created.
  • You can toggle the paint mode to Paint-In and brush over your mistake.

The Masking Brush Tool Options Bar

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  • Paint Mode: The paint mode controls if you are Painting-Out (hiding the effect) or Painting-In (restoring the effect). You can tell your current mode by looking at the plus or minus icon in the center of the brush. If the icon is minus, you are painting out. If the icon is a plus, you are painting-in.  You can change the mode in the Tool Options Bar, or by pressing the X key, or by holding down the option (alt) key temporarily.
  • Invert Mask: Invert swaps the hidden areas for the visible areas. What was hidden is now revealed and vice-versa. Inverting a mask can be very useful. It allows you to paint a layer in, rather than out, which is handy if you only want to work with a small area. You can invert the mask by pressing the invert in the tool options bar.
  • Reset Mask: Reseting a mask reveals the entire layer it is associated with. You can reset the mask by pressing the Reset button in the tool options bar.
  • Erase Brush Strokes: This is a special mode used when retouching the mask created by a Masking Bug. It allows you to erase your brush strokes made with the Masking Brush while maintaining the mask from the Masking Bug.

Brush Size

You can control the size of the brush using the Size pop-up in the Tool Options Bar. You use a small brush at high magnification for precise work, and a large brush at fit to screen for general work. To the right, you can see examples of brush strokes at varying sizes. You can control the size of the brush several ways:

  • Use the Size pop-up in the Tool Options Bar.
  • Use the left and right bracket keys ( [  ] ).
  • Use the mouse scroll wheel (preferences must be set to this).
  • Use your Wacom pressure sensitive tablet.

Feather

You control the amount of feathering or hardness of the brush by using the Feather pop-up in the Tool Options Bar. The feather has a range from 1 to 100 percent. You use a small feather at high magnification for precise, hard-edged work and a large, soft-edged brush at fit to screen for general work. You can visually see your feather by watching the outer concentric circle of the brush tool. To the right you can see examples of different feather options. You can control the size of the brush several ways:

  • Use the Feather pop-up in the Tool Options Bar.
  • Use the shift + left and right bracket keys ( [  ] ).

Opacity

You can control the opacity, or strength of the brush with the Opacity pop-up in the Tool Options Bar. Think of the opacity as the shade of gray you are painting with. The opacity has a range from 1 to 100 percent. You use a high opacity to paint quickly and hide large areas. You use a lower opacity for blending areas together or for subtle work. To the right you can see examples of different opacity options. You can control the size of the brush several ways:

  • Use the Opacity pop-up in the Tool Options Bar.
  • Use the option (Mac OSX) or alt (Windows) + 0-9 keys.
  • Use your Wacom pressure sensitive tablet.

Wacom® Controls


ON1 Photo supports pressure sensitive Wacom tablets. When you use the Masking Brush you can enable pressure sensitive controls for the brush size, brush opacity, or both simultaneously. Click on the W button next to each control in the Tool Options Bar to activate the pressure sensitive controls.

The harder you press; the greater the size or opacity will get. You can set the maximum value you want to use the Brush Size and Opacity sliders. To the right you can see examples of how pressure sensitivity can be used to control the Masking Brush.


Perfect Brush

The Perfect Brush option enables a unique, color-based, self masking technology. When enabled, as you paint with the Masking Brush it collects the colors under the center of the brush and only masks those colors. This protects the mask from being applied across edges. A great of example of using the Perfect Brush option would be to mask a sky along a horizon of mountains.

*NEW Threshold Slider

The threshold slider will allow you to control the balance between keep and drop colors, based on the area you are working on. For example you may want the Perfect Brush to be very precise and only paint away very similar colors, other times you want it to paint away a broad range of colors in the same neighborhood.

 *NEW Transition Slider

The transition slider will allow you to control the feather of the Perfect Brush based on color. To create a soft edge you want to increase the transition. To create a harder edge you need to decrease the transition.

Tip: You can turn the Perfect Brush on and off using the command or control -r keyboard shortcut. You can also temporarily lock the color to remove by holding down the control key(win) or the command key(mac). This is useful when brushing through areas with a lot of openings like tree branches. 

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Quick Mask Tool

Quick Mask Tool: Used to mask large similar areas quickly.

The Quick Mask Tool is often the best place to start your masks. It automatically masks large similar areas without the need to brush over everything. You just need to brush loosely over what you want to mask to give it a hint. It then figures out the rest on its own.

To use the Quick Mask Tool follow these steps:

  1. Select the Quick Mask Tool from the Tool-well.
  2. Make sure the tool mode is set to Paint Out.
  3. Loosely brush over the area you want to mask. This could be a background you want to remove or a sky or an area you want to remove an effect from. When you release the mouse button the area is automatically expanded and masked. In simple cases your work may be done.
  4. Continue to brush over the area you want to mask in (areas that where not automatically removed). You can also try the Grow button. Stop brushing when you get to difficult areas like hair.
  5. Use the Refine Brush over difficult areas like hair to refine your mask.

Quick Mask Tool Options Bar

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  • Mode: Controls whether you want to paint out (mask) or paint in (restore). Generally you will use the paint out mode.
  • Size: Sets the size of the tool.
  • Pressure Adjusts Size: If you have a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet you can control certain parameters with pressure. Controls with a W icon next to them support this when they are turned on.
  • Box Tool: The box tool allows you to drag a box over your subject, then press return to remove anything outside the box.
  • Grow: Intelligently expands the mask to include more similar regions.
  • Invert: Inverts or flips the mask so that what was hidden is now revealed and vice versa.
  • Reset: Resets the mask to all white.

Box Mode

The Quick Mask Tool is generally used as brush but it has a second option called Box Mode. Box mode is perfect for when your subject is isolated and not touching the edges of your image. To enable Box Mode, select the Box tool in the tool options bar. Then drag a box over your subject. You can adjust the size and position of the box using the corner handles. Then hit the return key to automatically remove anything outside of the box and anything similar from inside the box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Using the Masking Bug

 Masking Bug: This is used for blending layers by creating Radial, gradient and reflected gradient mask shape quickly.

 

Masking Bug Tool Options Bar

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Preset: The preset pop-up includes several common ways to use the Masking Bug. These presets change the current Masking Bug to match the preset.
Shape: The shape pop-up controls the shape of the Masking Bug. The shapes are center, edges, gradient and reflected gradient.
Opacity: Sets the maximum opacity or density of the mask.
Add: Adds a new Masking Bug using the current settings.
Delete: Deletes the current Masking Bug.
Reset: Resets the mask on the layer completely. This removes all Masking Bugs and clears any brushing that has been done.

How to use the Masking Bug

Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 1.15.22 PMStart by adding a Masking Bug to a layer by clicking on it or pressing the Add button. Then set the Mask View mode to Mask – Grayscale. This will let you see the Masking Bug in simple black and white.

  • Move: Click the large circle and drag.
  • Size: Adjust the size of the masking bug by using the solid line.
  • Feather: Use the dashed line to adjust the feather or hardness of the mask.
  • Rotate: The handle in the center circle will rotate the mask.

Working with Multiple Masking Bugs

You can use up to six Masking Bugs per layer. Each Masking Bug is re-editable until you hit Apply and save your image.

To add another Masking Bug, to create a complex mask shape, press the Add button or click outside of the current Masking Bug while the Masking Bug tool is selected.

Only one Masking Bug may be adjusted at a time. This is the active Masking Bug. You will see the overlay controls for the active Masking Bug while your mouse is over the preview area. Inactive Masking Bugs are marked with a small circle. You can select an inactive Masking Bug by clicking on this small circle marker.

Masking Bugs are subtractive. Each Masking Bug hides more and more of the current layer. When Masking Bugs overlay each other they may hide more of the layer too. You can always use the Masking Brush to over-ride and paint areas back in hidden by the Masking Bugs.

 

 

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Using the Line Mask Tool

 Line Mask Tool: This tool is used to mask straight lines.
The line mask tool works great for creating linear masks that are straight and can include angles but not for curves.

 

Line Mask Tool Options Bar

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  • Mode: Add/Remove
  • Feather: Adjusts the feather of mask  i.e. the hardness of the line transition from black to white).

 

Using the Line Mask Tool

Begin by selecting the tool from the tool well. Choose a point on the photo to begin the Mask. It is recommended you begin a point that will be good to end the line. Essentially you will be creating mask using only linear lines to create a shape. When you close the shape by clicking on the first point a paint bucket will appear and you simply click to remove the inside or outside of the shape.

1. Click once to establish the first point or anchor.
2. Move the cursor to the next point and click again to establish another anchor. A strait line from the original anchor point to the  second point will appear.

3. Continue to set points and create lines to establish the shape of the mask.

4. Close the mask shape by connecting the last line to the original point.  The crosshairs will display a circle to indicate you are at the  original anchor point.
5. A paint bucket icon will appear. Click once on either the inside or outside to remove or add.

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Refining Masks

There are several tools in ON1 Photo that may be used to refine or clean-up a mask.


Refine Brush: This tool cleans up intricate areas and the borders between the Keep and Drop Brush.

 

 

The Refine Brush is used to clean up the borders between the subject and background as well as intricate areas like hair, lace, mesh and tree branches. Once you have removed the majority of the background with the Quick Mask Tool or Perfect Brush, paint the intersection of the subject and background to refine the border. This will remove islands of background color and make the edge more defined.

Refine Brush Tool Options

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  • Mode: Controls the refinement mode, either paint out, which always refines to remove, paint in, which always refines to restore or Auto which does both at the same time. Paint out is recommended in most cases.
  • Size: This slider adjusts the size of the brush. Select a brush size that is just larger than the intersection of the subject and background. Avoid using oversized brushes it will take longer to process and may yield lower quality results.
  • Wacom Toggle: If you have a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet you can control certain parameters with pressure. Controls with a W icon next to them support this when they are turned on.
  • Color Decontamination: When enabled, colors from the drop regions are filtered out of the keep regions. This changes the colors of the pixels in the image. This is useful when the background you are trying to remove has a strong color such as green or blue screens.

Chisel Mask Tool

 

The Chisel Mask Tool:The Chisel tool is used for removing fringes or halos along hard edges.

Fringes are common when the background to be removed is brighter than the foreground. The chisel
works like a chisel or plane in a wood shop. It removes just a sliver along the edges. The chisel tool only works on the edges so you don’t have to be careful with it.

Chisel Mask Tool Options

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  • Mode: Select remove or add.
  • Size: Adjusts the size of the chisel tool. Feel free to use a large chisel to make brushing fast. The size of the chisel does not affect how much is chiseled off.
  • Amount: Controls the amount of pixels that will be removed or added during each brush stroke.

Tip: You can double-click on the chisel tool icon in the tool well to apply the chisel to the entire image.

The Blur Mask Tool

 

The Blur Mask Tool: Softens edges of the mask where you paint.

 

Softening the edges on blurred or semi-transparent subjects like hair can make them blend with a new background in a more realistic manner.  The blur tool only works on the edges so you don’t have to be careful with it.

Blur Mask Tool Options

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  • Mode: In/Out/Normal lets you adjust exactly what part of the mask edge to blur.
  • Size: Adjusts the size of the blur tool. Feel free to use a large size to make brushing fast. The size of the brush does not affect the blur amount.
  • Amount: Controls the amount of blur. Use the lowest amount needed to maintain as much detail as possible.

Tip: You can double-click on the blur tool icon in the tool well to apply the blur to the entire image.

 

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Presets

Presets store all of the adjustments you make in ON1 Photo 10. Presets are a fast and easy way to get consistent results. You can save your own presets for batch processing or for simply reproducing your look when retouching.

Presets do not store masks created by tools other than the Masking Bug.

Using a Preset

Using a preset is simple, just click on it in the Preset Browser and it will add the preset to your image.

Saving a Preset

Once you have your settings that you wish to save, go to the Preset menu and select Save Preset.

The New Preset dialog will appear (shown below). There are several fields to complete including the preset name, the category, creator and description.

In the category pull-down you can select which existing category the preset should save into. You can also create a new category this way by selecting new category from the top of the list.

You can edit a preset’s name, creator or description by selecting it and then selecting Edit Preset Info from the Preset menu. If you want to edit the settings in a preset, load it on your photo, make your adjustments and then re-save the preset with the same name and location. 

Deleting a Preset

You can remove a preset if you no longer want to have access to it. To remove a preset, follow these steps:

  • Select the preset you wish to remove in the preset browser.
  • Select Delete Preset from the Preset menu or right click on the preset thumbnail and select delete.

 

Importing & Sharing Presets

You can import presets you have downloaded from the ON1 website using these steps.

 

  1. Download the preset pack from the ON1 website. It should have a .ONPreset extension.
  2. Double-click on the preset pack, it will install the presets into a category with the same name as the preset pack.

 

That’s it, next time you use ON1 the new presets will be located in the Presets tab, in a category named after the preset pack. You can delete the files you downloaded, they have been copied into ON1 Effects.

You can share presets like you would share any other file, such as email or posting them to a website. First you need to find the preset files. The easiest way it to open ON1 Photo, then from the Preset menu select Show Presets Folder. A window will open and will display the presets folder. In the presets folder are sub-folders for your preset categories. Inside each sub-folder are the individual preset files. You can copy these presets to another computer, attach them to an email or post them on a website.

 

 

 

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Menus


ON1 Photo 10

  • About ON1 Photo: Opens the about box. This dialog contains your serial number, version number and information on contacting ON1 Software for support.
  • Preferences: Opens the preferences dialog.
  • Quit: Quits the application.
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File

  • Save: Applies the current effect Stack and options to your image and returns to the host application.
  • Cancel: Cancels ON1 Effects and returns back to the host application with no changes.
  • Export: Opens the export dialog box to export your image.
  • Print: This will allow you to print your image.
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Edit

  • Undo: Reverses the last user action.
  • Redo: Reapplies the last user action if it has been undone.
  • Cut: Cuts the current text into the clipboard.
  • Copy: Copies the current text into the clipboard.
  • Paste: Pastes the content of the clipboard.
  • Reset All: Resets all the floating palette controls back to their default settings.
  • Preferences (Windows Only): Opens the ON1 Effects preferences dialog.
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Mask

  • Invert Mask: Inverts the mask, what was hidden is revealed and vice versa.
  • Reset Mask: Resets the mask to plain white.
  • Copy Mask: Copies the mask.
  • Paste Mask: Pastes the mask.
  • Masking Bug Tool Opacity: Sets the opacity of the Masking Bug tool overlay. This has no effect on the image, just how obvious the Masking Bug tool is on screen.
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Preset

Save Preset: Saves the current Effect Stack as a new preset.
Import Preset: Opens the import preset dialog to help you import presets you have downloaded.
Show Presets Folder: Opens a Finder or Explorer window showing the presets folder.
Delete Preset: Deletes the current preset.
Edit Preset Info: Opens the preset dialog so you can edit the name, author or description information.
Update Preset with current settings: This will change your loaded preset to match any changes you have made to it.
Manage Extras: Opens the Extras Manager where you can import and manage extras like Borders, Backgrounds, Textures and Presets.
Get More Presets: Will open up ON1’s website and guide you to some presets you can download.

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View

Zoom In: Zooms the preview window in one increment. This will make the preview image larger.
Zoom Out: Zooms the preview window out one increment. This will make the preview image smaller.
Fit to Screen: This sets the preview image so that the entire image is on screen at once. Think of this as an overview of the entire image. This is the setting you will use most of the time.
Actual Pixels: This sets the preview image so that it zooms to actual pixels or 1:1 also called 100%. This setting allows you to see every pixel in the image. This is useful when making precision adjustments.
Browser Mode: Allows the user to select how the Browser Library displays the categories.
Show Clipping: Shows the clipping overlay view, which over-rides the current mask view.
Show Preview: Toggle to enable or disable the preview.
Compare: Gives you a before/after preview (A/B)
Preview Background Color: Toggles the background color options.
Show Mask: Allows the viewer to see the mask.
Mask View Mode: Allows the user to select the various mask modes.

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Window

Minimize: Minimizes the window.
Zoom: Zooms window.
Full Screen: Brings window to full screen mode. 
Navigator/Loupe/Histogram:
 Hides or shows the Navigator, Loupe/ Histogram pane.
Open Quick View Browser: This toggles open your quick view browser.
Show Browser Panel: Hides or shows the Browser Panel.
Show Control Panel: Hides or shows the Control Panel.
Hide Panels: Hides or shows all Panels.
Document Name: Shows the name, zoom level and bit depth of the open image.

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Help

Search: Mac OSX only. Searches the menus options.
ON1 Effects Online Help: Opens this html Help in your default web browser.
Video Tutorials: Opens the online Video Tutorial in your default web browser.
Show Keyboard Shortcuts: Opens the keyboard shortcut inspector.
Check for  Updates: Checks with the ON1 update server to see if you are running the current version. If there is a newer version you will be notified and be walked through the update process.
Deactivate: Opens the activation dialog. These are used to deactivate your software for moving it to another computer or for a return.
Provide Feedback: Opens the default web browser and navigates to the feedback page of the ON1 website.
About Perfect Effects (Windows Only): Opens the about box with the version number and license code displayed.
Help Improve onOne Products: Opens the Improve ON1 Products dialog.

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Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts

There are keyboard short-cuts to make it faster to access common buttons and menu items. It also uses many of the keyboard shortcuts that Photoshop uses, making it intuitive to learn. Here is a list of the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts:

Action  Mac  Win
 Print  cmd p  ctl p
 Undo  cmd z  ctl z
 Redo  cmd shift z  ctl shift z
 Cut  cmd x  ctl x
 Copy  cmd c  ctl c
 Paste  cmd v  ctl v
 Invert Mask  cmd i  ctl i
 Save Preset  cmd shift s  ctl shift s
 Next Browser View Mode  cmd b  ctl b
 Navigate Browser Selection  Arrow Keys  Arrow Keys
 Open Selected Category  Right Arrow  Right Arrow
 Close Selected Category  Left Arrow  Left Arrow
 Show Clipping  opt j  alt j
  Preview Modes
– Single Image
cmd Y  ctl Y
 Show Mask  o  o
 Navigator/Loupe/Histogram  cmd 1  ctl 1
 Filter Stack  cmd 2  ctl 2
 Filter Options  cmd 3  ctl 3
 Show Browser Panel  cmd left arrow  ctl left arrow
 Show Control Panel  cmd right arrow  ctl right arrow
 Hide Panels  tab  tab
 Fullscreen Mode  cmd ctl f  F11
 Keyboard Shortcuts  cmd shift k  ctl shift k
 Select Masking Brush  b  b
 Select Masking Bug  m  m
 Select Hand Tool  h  h
 Select Zoom Tool  z  z
 Zoom-In  cmd +  ctl +
 Zoom-Out  cmd –  ctl –
 Actual Pixels  cmd opt 0  ctl alt 0
 Fit to Screen  cmd 0  ctl 0
 Brush Size  larger ]
smaller [
larger ]
smaller [
 Brush Feather softer shift ]
harder shift [
softer shift ]
harder shift [
 Brush Opacity opt 1 (10%)
opt 2 (20%)
opt 0 (100%)
etc or
opt ]
opt [
opt 1 (10%)
opt 2 (20%)
opt 0 (100%)
etc or
alt ]
alt [
 Toggle Perfect Brush  cmd r  ctl r
 Toggle Tool Mode  x  x
 Temp Select Hand Tool  Hold Space  Hold Space
 Temp Toggle Tool Mode  hold opt  hold ctl
 Temp Toggle Clipping View  j  j
 Show Preview  \  \
 Show Quick View Browser  cmd up arrow  ctl up arrow

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G. ON1 Export

Export/Resize

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Export/Resize pane is the engine for the export process. This is where you will select what it is you’re going to do for the export.  You can select as many or as little of the options as you want. These options include:

 

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  • Photo Size
  • Enhance Preset
  • Watermark
  • Sharpening
  • Tiling
  • Gallery Wrap

 

Photo Size

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 11.29.38 AMThe Photo Size pane displays the current desired Photo Size or the original image size if you have not adjusted anything. You can simply type into the Width or Height fields to change the Document Size.

Keep in mind that the Width and Height fields are locked together to maintain the photos proportions. Changing the width will change the height proportionally. Export does not support non-proportional scaling. If you would like to change the proportions of the image it requires cropping (use the crop tool in layers).

The units of measurement can be switched by clicking the down arrow. You also control your resolution,
known as pixels per inch or dots per inch. This is important to adjust based on your output device.

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 11.34.32 AMThe Photo Size Presets make it easy to set the width/height of your image in a preset size. Use the drop down menu to select a preset size or choose custom to create your own.

Click Reset at anytime to clear all selections and start over.

 

Image Type drop down provides options for resizing.

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  • Low Res JPG for enlarging low res jpegs (uses bicubic algorithm method).
  • Portrait for resizing portraits protects skin tones from artifacts (uses bicubic algorithm method).
  • Landscape is great for Landscape photos (uses ON1 Resize algorithm).
  • High Detail is great for images with many small items (uses ON1 Resize algorithm).

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Enhance Preset

Apply either a factory preset or one you created yourself in the Enhance module.

  • Choose the category, corrections, enhancements or favorites.
  • Select the Preset in the category.
  • Pause on First Image will stop the export and display the first image for evaluation.

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Apply either a factory preset or one you created yourself in the Effects module.

  • Choose a Preset category.
  • Select a Preset from that category.
  • Pause on First Image will stop the export and display the first image for evaluation.

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The Watermark module allows you to add an overlay to the image, typically used for your logo, signature or copyright.

  • Choose:  Click the Choose button to select the file you wish to use as your watermark.
  • Size:  This slider controls the size of the watermark file.
  • Inset:  This will determine the percentage in which the file is inset from the edge.
  • Opacity:  This sets the opacity of the watermark.
  • Location:  This grid sets the location of the watermark.  Click on the square of the location you desire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The sharpening pane contains the controls to add additional sharpness to your image. Using the Sharpening controls can save you the workflow step of adding additional Sharpening before printing and can help compensate for loss of sharpness due to dot gain from your printer. Sharpening should only be applied at the end of your workflow just before printing. If you plan to do additional retouching or compositing work after resizing your image, you should disable the Sharpening controls.

 

 

 

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The tiling feature will divide an enlargement into smaller pieces that can be printed on a smaller printer.

Lets say you want to create a mural that is 8 feet tall by 12 feet long but your printer can only print 24 inch wide strips. With the tiling feature you could automatically create four separate files that are 24″ wide and 8 feet tall so you can create your mural in sections. With the tiling feature all you do is specify the size of paper you have to print on and if you would like the pages to overlap. Export will resize your image and section it down into the individual tiles.

  1. Set the Width and Height fields to the size and orientation of paper that you wish to print on, or you can select the number of rows and columns instead. Use the down arrow to change the unit measurement options.
  2. Set the Overlap size. The overlap makes each tile overlap so you can tape multiple panels together and corrects for printer margins if you are not printing borderless.

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery Wrap

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 1.10.20 PMThe Gallery Wrap feature is designed to help you print on canvas. When making enlargements for canvas it is common to wrap a portion of the image around wooden stretcher bars. These can be several inches thick and are used for mounting the canvas. These are commonly called gallery wraps. However, if the photographer had important detail near the edges of the image they may be lost in the wrapping process. The Gallery Wrap feature automatically creates extended margins by reflecting or stretching the areas near the edge of the image allowing the photographer to create a gallery wrap without having to sacrifice any of the original image. The Gallery Wrap feature allows you to select the thickness of the canvas mounting bars and offers a variety of techniques for creating additional margins.

  • Type:
    • Reflect: Copies an area equal to the thickness setting around your image, then flips each side and adds it as the margins. This is a good general purpose technique.
    • Reflect Soft: Does the same as the Reflect method but softens the added margins.
    • Stretch: The Stretch method takes a small area around the edge of the image and stretches it to add the margins.
    • Stretch Soft: Does the same as stretch, but softens the added margins.
  • Thickness: This is how thick your canvas stretcher bars are. Generally two inches works well for most gallery wraps.
  • Overlay Color: You can also add a color overlay over the wrap area. This can be used to darken the wrap or fill it with a solid color.
  • Opacity: This sets the opacity of the overlay color. At the default of zero there is no color overlay added.

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Location

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Location determines where the files you are exporting will be saved. Click the arrow to choose a save to location.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • The Folder option will allow you to choose a new location the files will be saved to. Click the Choose button to select the new location.
  • Current Location will write the file to the same location as the original file.
  • Roundtrip (option only available when using export through Adobe Lightroom or Aperture) saves the file over the original and uses the same file format, bit-depth, color space and name. Naturally all the additional options will be grayed when this option is selected.

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Prevent Overwrite versus Overwrite Without Warning:

  • If Prevent Overwrite is selected the word ‘copy’ will be added to the file(s) otherwise it will overwrite your original image.

 

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  • None will not display the exported files.
  • Show in Finder or Show in Explorer if selected will open your operating system file browser and show the completed file(s) of the export.

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Files Names

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 9.07.25 AMThis option may be used to rename the file name. The options include;  Current Name, Text and Number.  The field to the right allows you to enter a custom name.  The plus and minus icons will allow you to add or remove naming elements.  Current Name will use the source name without the file extension. Text is used for assigning a custom text string.  Number creates an automatically incremented number, starting with the number input in the field. Reset will clear all current settings.

 

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Export Presets

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 8.46.48 AM copyPresets for the Export settings can be saved and used again.  Presets will remember all of the settings and details selected in the Export window pane.

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H. ON1 Resize

Navigating the Preview

The Preview Window above is the main section where you preview and work on images.

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 Hand Tool

The Hand tool is used to position the image within the Preview window, whenever the preview zoom is larger than the viewable area.

To pan (scroll) in the Preview window:

  • Select the Hand Tool and drag the image until you locate the area you wish to view.
  • With any other tool selected, hold down the spacebar while you drag the image in the window.
Double-click the Hand tool in the Toolbar to set the image to a magnification that fits completely in the current window size.

 

 

 Zoom Tool 


The Zoom tool changes the magnification of the image in the Preview window.

With the Zoom tool selected:

  • Click in the Preview window to zoom in and center the image at the location clicked.
  • Click and drag in the Preview window to draw a rectangular, the screen fills with the area within the rectangle when you release the mouse.
  • Hold the Option key (Mac) or Alt key (Win) and click to zoom out.
Double-click the Zoom tool in the Toolbar to set the image to 1:1 or 100% magnification, showing every pixel. This is best when examining small details.

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Navigator, Loupe, Histogram and Info

Navigator, Loupe, Histogram and Info

At the top of the control panel on the right of the main window is the Navigator | Loupe | Histogram | Info panes. It contains four useful tools for inspecting and viewing details of your image.

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This gives you a birds-eye view of your image. The blue square region marks the image area that is visible in the preview pane. You can pan your image by clicking and dragging inside the blue region.

At the bottom of the Navigator pane are several Zoom presets. Click on a Zoom preset to activate.

  • FIT: Zooms to fit the current canvas size. This allows you to see your entire image.
  • 100: Zooms to 100% or actual pixels. This is best for judging small details.
  • 50: Zooms to 50%
  • 25: Zooms to 25%

 

The Loupe Pane Loupes

This gives you a magnified view of the section of the preview under the cursor. This allows you to view the quality of your results while maintaining a complete view of your image.

At the bottom of the Loupe Pane is a sliding for adjusting the zoom level.

 

 

 

 

The Histogram PaneHisto

This gives you a color chart of the shadow, mid-tone and highlight areas based on the image RGB values. This is useful to show areas within the image that may be clipping. Clipping is when your image contains pure blacks or white and can signify loss of highlight or shadow detail.

The left side of the histogram represents the shadows, while the right represents the highlights. At the top of each end is a triangle. If the triangle is lit, there is clipping on that side of the histogram. If you click on the arrows, you will activate the clipping overlay on your image. The areas of your image with a blue overlay are pure black, while the areas with the red overlay are pure white. You can turn the clipping view off again by clicking on one of the triangles. You can also temporarily enable clipping view by holding down the J key at any time. The clipping view is useful when you are making adjusts to the brightness and contrast of your image.

The Histogram pane also displays the RGB values under the cursor at the bottom of the pane.

 

The Info Pane Info

The info pane will display important metadata about your file including:

  • Camera type
  • File type
  • Focal length and lens information
  • Date and time captured
  • Exposure information
    • ISO
    • Shutter Speed
    • Aperture
    • Exposure Value
  • Filename
  • Color Space
  • Dimensions
  • File Size and Bit Depth

If your camera allows for GPS the GPS button will be viewable and you can click on it to get the GPS cordinates for where the image was taken. This feature only works if you have GPS enabled on your camera or mobile device. Otherwise you will not see the GPS button.

 

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Crop Tool

Crop

Crop Tool: This is used to crop and resize the entire image. The crop tool removes any pixels outside a crop box and changes the canvas size at the same time. To crop the image, select the Crop Tool from the tool well. Then adjust the corner handles of the crop tool overlay. The area outside the crop box appears darkened for guidance. You can resize and move the image inside the crop box. When you are satisfied with your settings, press the Apply button in the Tool Options Bar or press enter.

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Moving the Image: To move the image inside the crop box, simply click and drag inside the box. You can also nudge the image using the arrow keys on your keyboard.

Resizing a Crop Box: To resize the Crop Box, click and drag on any of the resize handles. Clicking on a corner handle allows you to adjust two sides at the same time. Clicking on a side handle allows you to adjust that side. If you hold the shift key down while adjusting the size, the proportions of the box are maintained. To rotate the crop box, move outside a corner until the tool changes to rotate. You can also set the aspect ratio or size of the crop box in the tool options bar.

 Note: The Crop tool is not available when using a Smart Photo.

 

Crop Tool Options

 

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  • Preset pop-up: Pop-up controls the crop tool mode as well as aspect ration and document size presets.
  • Width: Sets the width of the crop box.
  • Swap Dimensions: Swaps the width and height. Handy for rotating the crop box.
  • Height: Sets the height of the crop box.
  • Units: Determines the unit of measure: Pixels, inches, centimeters, etc.
  • Leveling Tool: Click and drag this tool across an element in your image that should be level.
  • Angle: See and adjust the angle of rotation.
  • Rotate: Rotates the image 90 degrees.
  • Cancel: Resets the crop tool.
  • Apply: Applies the crop and resizes your photo.

 

Crop Tool Modes

The Crop Tool works in three modes:

  • Freeform: In this mode you can adjust the crop box any way you like. The image will not be resized. Any area outside the crop box will be trimmed off. Use this mode if you just want to change the shape or recompose your image for general use.
  • Aspect Ratio: You can lock the crop box to an aspect ratio. This makes sure the crop box shape doesn’t change, just the size. Use this option to trim existing pixels while maintaining a ratio without resizing the image.
  • Document Size Presets: Document Size Presets allow you to crop and resize your image at the same time. If you know your intent is to print the image at a certain size you can crop and resize the image at the same time. Many common sizes are included plus you can create your own.

 

Leveling the Image

The Crop Tool has a special Leveling Tool for automatically rotating your image to be level.

  1. Select the Crop Tool.
  2. Select the Leveling Tool from the Crop Tool Options Bar. Your cursor will change to the Leveling Tool.
  3. Click and drag a line across your image that should be level, either horizontally or vertically. When you release the mouse the image will be rotated automatically to the correct angle.

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Adjusting the Image Size

Adjusting the Image Size

In ON1 Resize, you can adjust your image size using either the Document Size pane or the Crop Tool Options Bar. The information in these areas are interrelated and locked together. Adjusting the values in either pane will lead to changes in the other pane.

In the Document Size pane it displays the current desired Document Size or the original image size if you have not adjusted anything. You can simply type into the Width or Height fields to change the Document Size.

Keep in mind that the Width and Height fields are locked together to maintain the photo proportions. Changing the width will change the height proportionally. Perfect Resize does not support non-proportional scaling. If you would like to change the proportions of the image it requires cropping, so use the crop tool.

The Document Size Presets make it easy to crop and resize your photo at the same time. Simply select one to set the width and height automatically. This also selects the Crop Tool so you can adjust the document size to fit your photo.

You also control your resolution, known as pixels per inch or dots per inch. This is important to adjust based on your output device.

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The Pixel Dimensions pane displays the current image size in pixels as well as the file size, bit-depth and scaling factor.

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Document Size Presets

Using Document Size Presets

Document size presets allows you to crop and resize your image simultaneously. Often, when you are using Perfect Resize it is to create a file for print output at a known common size. In these cases, using a Document Size Preset can be the fastest way to set your Document Size and crop your image to the needed proportions.

Follow these instructions to use a Document Size Preset:CropDSP

  1. Select your desired size from the Document Size preset pull-down in the Document Size pane, or Crop Tool Options Bar. You will see that the Document Size fields will be completed automatically for you and that a crop box is drawn on your image matching the proportions of the Document Size Preset that you selected.
  2. If needed, select the rotate crop box to rotate your crop box to the proper orientation. It will automatically rotate to match the orientation of your image, but if you want to crop differently you may need to rotate it.
  3. Now, you can use the crop tool to reposition and change the size of the crop box so that it contains just the image area that you want. Note that the crop box proportions and Document Size are locked so that you will always have the finished document size that you requested.
  4. Adjust your resolution to what is needed for your output device. If you are unsure what to select, use the resolution drop-down menu for common settings.
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ON1 Resize comes with many commonly used print, paper and video Document Size Presets but also allow users to create their own.

To create your own Document Size Preset follow these instructions:custom

  1. Select your image and launch ON1 Resize.
  2. From the Document Size Preset pull-down, select custom > Manage Custom Sizes.
  3. Click on the Add button.
  4. Double-click on the highlighted untitled name and name your preset.
  5. Double-click on the width and height and fill in the proper values.
  6. Click on the units and select the proper unit.
  7. Click on the Okay button.
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Tip: If you select the incorrect Document Size Preset you can change it by selecting a different one. If you do not wish to use a Document Size Preset after you have selected one you can press the Reset button in the Document Size pane or the Cancel button in the Crop Tool Options Bar.
Tip: The lock crop option locks the proportions and document size settings for the given crop. This is enabled by default when you use a Document Size Preset.

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Settings

The settings dialog contains the controls for selecting the resizing method, or algorithm and its settings. Every image is different and selecting the correct settings here can improve the quality of the results. To help you get started, try one of the presets in the Image Type drop-down menu.

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Image Type: This pop-up contains presets that adjust the settings for Amount and Threshold automatically.

Method: The method drop-down selects the the method, or algorithm, used to resize the image. The options are:

  • Genuine Fractals: This is the classic, patented, fractal-based algorithm that has made Perfect Resize the standard for over a decade.
  • ON1 Resize Portrait: This is a new variation on the Genuine Fractals algorithm designed for portrait images. It is slightly softer and does a better job representing skin and hair textures.

Texture Controls

When you select the Genuine Fractals method there are several other controls that tune the resizing algorithm based on the image. These deal with the texture of the image.  If you were to analyze an image from a detail perspective you could break it into three categories: Edges, Continuous Tone and Textures. Edges are obvious; these are the sharp details that define the edges of the subject in your image. It’s paramount that these are maintained in order for your enlargement to maintain quality. The continuous tone areas are things like skin or skies that are mostly solid or graduated color. These resize easily as there is little detail in these areas. The last area, what we call texture is areas that fall between these two. They are areas that still contain detail but are not sharp edges. These are things like the surface of rocks, tree bark, fabric, animal fur, etc. The amount of detail in these texture areas can have a large impact on the perceived sharpness and quality of an image. In ON1 Resize you can control the key algorithm variables that effect these areas. In ON1 Resize there are even presets for different image types and subject matters that help you get the best results in reproducing these textured areas.

Texture: This controls the amount of detail in flat, non-edge areas of an image. If your image contains lots of small detail that does not have defined edges (many organic patterns like leaves, rock, bark; or man-made patterns like fabric) it may be good to increase the amount to a setting of 4 or 5. Settings beyond 5 will often introduce a bumpy noise pattern which is undesirable unless your original image was from scanned film. Settings lower than the default 3 are useful for images with large areas of continuous tone that have no appreciable detail (sand, snow, sky) but have hard edged foreground subjects such as landscape images, architecture or portraiture.

Threshold: This controls the amount of hard edge detail that is enhanced. The default setting is 25. Decreasing the threshold will focus the algorithms only on edge information. This may be useful for portraiture or for reducing noise in your image. Settings higher than 25 will increase the amount of small detail in flatter areas of the image. Settings as high as 100 are useful for highly detailed images such as hair or feathers. Higher threshold settings will also make ON1 Resize process faster. A good way to start adjusting these controls is by setting the threshold to 100 and then move the amount up until the image is too noisy (bumpy) and then reduce the threshold to smooth out the noise in continuous tone areas. For detailed images with no little or no continuous tone, you might try the amount at 4 and the threshold at 100. For portrait images or images with significant JPG artifacts you should try an amount of 2-3 and threshold of 25 or lower.

Smoothness: The smoothness slider is used to reduce artifacts along hard curved edges. Use the lowest setting needed.

Tip: Always make sure your zoom is set to 100% or 1:1 when adjusting the controls in the Texture Control Pane.

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Presets

Presets

Presets store all of the adjustments you make in ON1 Photo. Presets are a fast and easy way to get consistent results. You can save your own presets for batch processing or for simply reproducing your look when retouching.

*** Presets do not store masks created by tools other than the Masking Bug.

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Using a Preset

Using a preset is simple, just click on it in the Preset Browser.

Saving a Preset

Saving a preset is simple. Once you have your settings that you wish to save, go to the Preset menu and select Save Preset.

The New Preset dialog will appear (shown to the right). There are several fields to complete including the preset name, the category, creator and description.

In the category pull-down you can select which existing category the preset should saved into. You can also create a new category this way by selecting new category from the bottom of the list.

You can edit a preset’s name, creator or description by selecting it and then selecting Edit Preset Info from the Preset menu. If you want to edit the settings in a preset, load it into, make your adjustments and then re-save the preset with the same name and location.

 

Deleting a Preset

You can remove a preset if you no longer want to have access to it. To remove a preset, follow these steps:

  1. Select the preset you wish to remove in the preset browser.
  2. Select Delete Preset from the Preset menu.

 

Importing & Sharing Presets

You can import presets you have downloaded from the ON1 website using these steps.

  1. Download the preset pack from the ON1 website. It should have a .ONPreset extension.
  2. Double-click on the preset pack, it will install the presets into a category named the same as the preset pack.

That’s it, next time you use ON1 Photo the new presets will be located in the My Presets tab, in a category named after the preset pack. You can delete the files you downloaded, they have been copied into ON1 Photo.

You can share presets like you would share any other file, such as email or posting them to a website. First you need to find the preset files. The easiest way it to open ON1 Photo then from the Preset menu select Show Presets Folder. A window will open and will display the presets folder. In the presets folder are sub-folders for your preset categories. Inside each sub-folder are the individual preset files. You can copy these presets to another computer, attach them to an email or post them on a website.

 

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Gallery Wrap

Gallery Wrap

The Gallery Wrap feature is designed to help you print on canvas. When making enlargements for canvas it is common to wrap a portion of the image around wooden stretcher bars. These can be several inches thick and are used for mounting the canvas. These are commonly called gallery wraps. However, if the photographer had important detail near the edges of the image they may be lost in the wrapping process. The Gallery Wrap feature in ON1 Resize automatically creates extended margins by reflecting or stretching the areas near the edge of the image allowing the photographer to create a gallery wrap without having to sacrifice any of the original image. The Gallery Wrap feature allows you to select the thickness of the canvas mounting bars and offers a variety of techniques for creating additional margins.

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To use the Gallery Wrap feature follow these instructions:

  1. Turn on the Gallery Wrap feature by toggling the on/off switch in the pane header.
  2. Set the Thickness control to the amount of margins you would like to add. A good rule of thumb is the thickness of the stretcher bars, plus half an inch.
  3. Select the Type you would like to use.
  4. If you wish to add a color overlay to the gallery wrap wings set the color and opacity.

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The Gallery Wrap feature has several methods for adding margins:

  • Type:
    • Reflect: Copies an area equal to the thickness setting around your image, then flips each side and adds it as the margins. This is a good general purpose technique.
    • Reflect Soft: Does the same as the Reflect method but softens the added margins.
    • Stretch: The Stretch method takes a small area around the edge of the image and stretches it to add the margins.
    • Stretch Soft: Does the same as stretch, but softens the added margins.
  • Thickness: This how thick your canvas stretcher bars are. Generally two inches works well for most gallery wraps.
  • Overlay Color: You can also add a color overlay over the wrap area. This can be used to darken the wrap or fill it with a solid color.
  • Opacity: This sets the opacity of the overlay color. At the default of zero, there is no color overlay added.
  • Add to New Layer: This places the wrap wings on their own layer, rather then merging them with the image.

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Without the Gallery Wrap feature, important parts of the image get lost when wrapped.

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With Gallery Wrap enabled, you can maintain the original image area but still have the extended margins needed to wrap canvas on thick stretcher bars.

Note: It is not recommended that you use the borderless printing option on a printer or use borderless lab prints when the overlap is set to zero. Both borderless methods increase the image size 1-3 percent to allow for overprinting and/or trimming. The resulting prints may not align properly.

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Browsing Presets

Browsing Presets

Built into ON1 Resize is a preset browser, located in the left panel. You can use it to browse the factory supplied presets, presets you have created or downloaded from ON1’s website or for marking and finding your favorites.

 

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User Interface

The ON1 Resize Main Window

ON1 Resize provides you with an easy-to-use work area for editing your photos. Below is an overview of the main sections.

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The main sections of ON1 Resize:

A. Presets: This panel is located on the left side of the window and is where you view a Library of presets.
B. Tool Well: This is where the tools are located.
C. Settings/Help: This is where you can access preferences and help.
D. Search: This is where you can search for presets.
E. Preview Window: This is the main section where you preview and work on images.
F. Navigator/Loupe/Histogram/Info Pane: This pane gives you access to each of the four areas.
G. Pixel Dimensions: This is where you can view the pixel dimensions of your image.
H. Document Size: This is where you access your document size.
I. Control Panes: You can access settings, sharpening, film grain, tiling and gallery wrap from these panes.
J. Export/Share: This is where you can export or share your image.
K. Save/Close: Buttons to save and/or close your image.

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Tiling

Tiling

The tiling feature in ON1 Resize will divide an enlargement into smaller pieces that can be printed on a smaller printer.

Lets say you want to create a mural that is 8 feet tall by 12 feet long but your printer can only print 24 inch wide strips. With the tiling feature you could automatically create four separate files that are 24″ wide and 8 feet tall so you can create your mural in sections. With the tiling feature all you do is specify the size of paper you have to print on and if you would like the pages to overlap. Then ON1 Resize will resize your image and section it down into the individual tiles.

 

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To use the Tiling feature, follow these instructions:

  1. Turn tiling on by toggling the on/off switch in the pane header.
  2. Set the Width and Height fields to the size and orientation of paper that you wish to print on, or you can select the number of rows and columns instead.
  3. Set the Overlap size. The overlap makes each tile overlap so you can tape multiple panels together and corrects for printer margins if you are not printing borderless.
  4. Set the file type for the newly created files for each tile.
  5. Set the destination folder for the new files. Each file will be named with the original filename and the tile indicated in the filename.

The preview will show cyan guide lines for each tile that will be created. The bottom of the Tiling pane will tell you how many tiles will be created.

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Film Grain

Film Grain

The Film Grain setting controls the amount of simulated Film Grain (noise) to your image. Adding a modest amount of Film Grain can make your image appear sharper visually and can help hide imperfections like JPG artifacts. This is especially useful for monochrome images. Film Grain should be added just before printing. If you need to do other retouching or compositing work in Photoshop after resizing your image, you should disable the Film Grain controls.

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To add Film Grain to your image follow these steps: 

  1. Zoom in on your image to 1:1. You can do this easily by using the 1:1 Zoom preset located in the Navigator pane.
  2. Enable the Film Grain controls by toggling the on/off control in the Film Grain pane title bar.
  3. Adjust the slider up or down until the desired amount of Film Grain is added.
  4. You can preview just the effect of the Film Grain by toggling the Film Grain on/off control. 

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Sharpening

Sharpening

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The sharpening pane contains the controls to add additional sharpness to your image.

ON1 Resize features three different sharpening methods:

  • Unsharp Mask: Good for general sharpening. Similar to Photoshop’s unsharp mask function except it is only applied to the luminance of the image to prevent color artifacts.
  • Highpass: Highpass sharpening is helpful when the original image is not sharp.
  • Progressive: Similar to the unsharp mask except it sharpens different amounts depending on the size of the details in the image. Small details are enhanced more than large ones.

Using the Sharpening controls can save you the workflow step of adding additional Sharpening before printing and can help compensate for loss of sharpness due to dot gain from your printer. Sharpening should only be applied at the end of your workflow just before printing. If you plan to do additional retouching or compositing work after resizing your image, you should disable the Sharpening controls.

 

To sharpen your image for output, use these steps after you have adjusted the Document Size pane controls. 

  1. Zoom in on your image to 1:1. You can do this easily by using the 1:1 Zoom preset located in the Navigator pane.
  2. Enable the Sharpening controls by toggling the on/off control in the Sharpening pane title bar.
  3. Select the sharpening method that will provide the best results for your image. You may need to experiment to determine this.
  4. Adjust the amount slider to determine the amount of sharpening desired.
  5. Use the Highlight and Shadow sliders to limit the sharpening from being applied to the darkest and lightest areas of the image which can prevent sharpening of noise.

 

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Understanding Resize

How Big Can You Print

People often ask how large a print can be made with ON1 Resize. If your original image is sharp, has good details and little noise, you could go as large as 1000% of the original size. 1000% is ten times the size of the original file. For example, an original file that is 8″x10″ could be resized to 80″x100″. Viewing distance plays a big part of this. Standard viewing distances are two-times the diagonal of a print. For example, for an 8″x10″ it would be about two feet away. An 80″x100″ would be about 21 feet. That seems like a lot but that image is almost 7’x9′. Keep in mind that many photographers scrutinize their images closer than standard viewing distances.
Images are perceived in color, tonality and sharpness. Other interpolation techniques maintain color and tonality but sacrifice sharpness by “inflating” the image uniformly. The image still looks familiar but will not be crisp. Depending on the amount of interpolation, this can be severe and noticeable even at standard viewing distances. ON1 Resize maintains the color, tonality, and sharpness of an image at all sizes. It will always look the same when viewed at the proper distances.
It is unrealistic to assume that the fidelity when viewed at 100% will be the same for an 8×10 and an 80×100 created by ON1 Resize. ON1 Resize will maintain the edges which perceptually make the image sharp, but it cannot create detail where there was none in the past. When the shutter is pressed, a finite amount of detail is captured. A good way to think about this is to look at an insect on a leaf. If you look at it with a magnifying glass, you will see more detail than you did than when looking at it with the naked eye. Now if you take a digital photograph of that same insect and look at it in the computer and zoom in past 100% you do not see any more detail. The information you see is limited by what the camera captured. ON1 Resize works the same way, it can not create new detail but instead takes the finite amount of detail available and increase it in size.
ON1 Resize isn’t magic. We have all watched CSI where they take a security photo and enlarge the reflection in the victim’s eye to see the killer, with results that look amazing. This is pure science fiction. You cannot create detail where there was none before. But if your original file has good detail and little noise, you will be able to make very good looking enlargements from your files. This is what ON1 Resize does better than any other software.

 

Understanding Resolution;  How Much Resolution Do I Need? 

To answer this, you need to know two things: 

  • The size of the print you need to make.
  • The resolution that your printer needs for best results.

The size of the print is as large you would like. This may be limited by the size of your printer. Resolution is the density of the pixels for a given distance, usually measured in pixels or dots per inch. Most modern inkjet printers print anywhere from 1200 to 4800 dots per inch (what the printer manufacturers really mean is 1200-4800 droplets of ink per inch). Inkjet printers use many tiny round droplets of 4-12 ink colors to reproduce one square pixel in your image that could be one of any millions of colors. A common mistake is to set the resolution of the file to the resolution of the printer. In all but a few special printers this will lead to huge files that will not print well, if at all. The secret is that the human eye cannot see more than 250-300 pixels per inch. So the ideal resolution for your files should be close to this. Once you know the print size and resolution, it is easy to use ON1 Resize to resize your file to the desired output. Simply input the resolution and then either the print width or height. You’ll see that the corresponding dimension is automatically filled in by ON1 Resize based on the proportions of your image.

Keep the proportions in mind because the proportions of film, digital camera sensors and paper can all be different. For example, most digital camera sensors are proportioned so that the height is two-thirds the width or 1:1.5; While the most common paper size, in the US, is the letter which is 8.5×11 inches or about 1:1.25. These kind of proportion mis-matches are common and require that the original image be cropped to fit the proportions of the paper size. If your image cannot be cropped without ruining the composition then you will need to adjust your print size to a longer dimension.

Resizing an image larger than the original size requires new pixels to be created. This process is called interpolation or resampling. There are many mathematical ways, called algorithms, to do this. The most common method used by many pixel editing applications is called bicubic interpolation. Bicubic along with its newer variants bicubic smoother and bicubic sharper work by averaging a small group of neighboring pixels to determine the color value of the new pixels to be added. While this technique is fast, it does not distinguish edges so there is a uniform loss of sharpness and detail across the image.

On1 Resize patented scaling algorithm is fundamentally different from bicubic or other interpolation methods. While other methods sample nearby pixels and decide new pixel values one by one, ON1 Resize uses a sampling technique called Fractal Scaling.  Fractal Scaling samples nearby “blocks,” square groups of pixels, and varying sizes, compares them to smaller versions of the original image and mosaics these patches together to create a larger version of the original. By doing this repeatedly, often the characteristics of the image like edges, smooth areas, and textures are reinforced for each larger version. Noise is de-emphasized and sharp details are maintained. All this number crunching may take a bit longer than the single pass interpolation methods like bicubic, but good things come to those who wait and the reward is far superior results.

 

When Should I Use ON1 Resize

ON1 Resize should be used as one of the last steps in your workflow before printing. The power of ON1 Resize is in the concept of resolution on demand. You can work with a modest size file, which makes your editing faster and takes less hard drive space and memory. Then when you are ready to output your file, you resize it with ON1 Resize to the desired size and sharpen it for output. This means you don’t have to keep multiple versions of a file at different print sizes; you just create what you need on-the-fly. ON1 Resize also supports layered Photoshop files so you can maintain all your layers in the entire process.

 

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Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts

Action  Mac  Win
 Print  cmd p  ctl p
 Undo  cmd z  ctl z
 Redo  cmd shift z  ctl shift z
 Cut  cmd x  ctl x
 Copy  cmd c  ctl c
 Paste  cmd v  ctl v
 Save Preset  cmd shift s  ctl shift s
 Navigate Browser Selection  Arrow Keys  Arrow Keys
 Open Selected Category  Right Arrow  Right Arrow
 Close Selected Category  Left Arrow  Left Arrow
 Zoom In  cmd +  ctl +
 Zoom Out  cmd –  ctl-
 Fit to Screen  cmd 0  cmd 0
 Actual Pixels  cmd opt 0  ctl alt 0
 Show Clipping  opt j  alt j
 Navigator/Loupe/Histogram  cmd 1  ctl 1
 Pixel Dimensions  cmd 2  ctl 2
 Document Size  cmd 3  ctl 3
 Settings  cmd 4  ctl 4
 Sharpening  cmd 5  ctl 5
 Film Grain  cmd 6  ctl 6
 Tiling  cmd 7  ctl 7
 Gallery Wrap  cmd 8  ctl 8
 Show Browser Panel  cmd left arrow  ctl left arrow
 Show Control Panel  cmd right arrow  ctl right arrow
 Full Screen Mode  cmd ctl f  F11
 Keyboard Shortcuts  cmd shift k  ctl shift k
 Hand Tool  h  h
 Zoom Tool  z  z
 Crop Tool  c  c
 Temporarily Select Hand tool  Hold Space  Hold Space
 Rotate Crop Clockwise  opt right arrow  alt right arrow
 Rotate Crop Counter Clockwise  opt left arrow  alt left arrow

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Menus

Menus

Application Menu
About ON1 Photo: Opens the about dialog box. It contains your serial number, version number and information on contacting ON1 for support.
Preferences: Opens the ON1 Photo preferences dialog.
Services: Opens the OS level Services flyout (Mac only).
Hide ON1 Photo: Hides the window.
Quit ON1 Photo: Quits ON1 Photo.

File Menu
Cancel: Cancels ON1 Resize and returns back to the host application with no changes.
Apply: Applies the current document size settings and options to your image and returns to the host application.

Edit Menu
Undo: Reverses adding a preset
Redo: Unused
Copy: Unused
Cut: Unused
Paste: Unused
Reset All: Resets all the controls back to their default settings.

Preset Menu
Save Preset: Saves the current settings as a new preset.
Delete Preset: Deletes the current preset.
Edit Preset Info: Opens the preset dialog so you can edit the name, author or description information.
Import Preset: Opens the import preset dialog to help you import presets you have downloaded.
Show Presets Folder: Opens a Finder or Explorer window showing the presets folder.
Manage Extras: Opens the Extras Manager where you can import and manage extras like Borders, Backgrounds, Textures and Presets.

View Menu
Zoom In: Zooms the preview window in one increment. This will make the preview image larger.
Zoom Out: Zooms the preview window out one increment. This will make the preview image smaller.
Fit to ScreenThis sets the preview image so that the entire image is on screen at once. Think of this as an overview of the entire image. This is the setting you will use most of the time.
Fill with LayerSets the zoom so the current layer fills the entire screen.
Actual Pixels: This sets the preview image so that it zooms to actual pixels or 1:1 also called 100%. This setting allows you to see every pixel in the image. This is useful when making adjustments to the Settings, Sharpening or Film Grain.
Show Browser Pop-up: Enables the browser pop-up window. A checkmark should appear next to this when it is enabled.
Show ClippingShows the clipping overlay view, which overrides the current mask view. No checkmark is displayed for this mode. The user can temporarily show this mode by holding down J as well.
Preview Background ColorFlyout with background color options, the selected item should have a checkmark next to it.

Window Menu
Navigator/Loupe/Histogram: Opens or closes the Navigator/Loupe/Histogram pane.
Pixel Dimensions: Opens or closes the Pixel Dimensions pane.
Document Size: Opens or closes the Document Size pane.
Settings: Opens or closes the Settings pane.
Sharpening: Opens or closes the Sharpening pane.
Film Grain: Opens or closes the Film Grain pane.
Tiling: Opens or closes the Tiling pane.
Gallery Wrap: Opens or closes the Gallery Wrap pane.
Solo Mode: Enables or disables Solo Mode.
Show Browser Panel: Opens or closes the Browser Panel.
Show Control Panel: Opens or closes the Control Panel.
Hide Panel: Opens or closes all Panels.
Full Screen: Opens the window to full screen.

Help Menu
Search: Searches the Menus (Mac only)
ON1 Resize Online Help: Opens this html help in your default web browser.
Video Tutorials: Opens a web browser to the tutorial section of the ON1 website.
Getting Started: Opens the Getting Started section in your default web browser.
Keyboard Shortcuts: Opens a dark style dialog that displays the keyboard shortcuts for that platform.
Perfect Inspiration: Opens the ON1 Perfect Inspiration Gallery in your default web browser.
Check For Updates: Checks for updates with the ON1 auto update server.
Deactivate: Opens the activation dialog. This is used to deactivate your software so you can move it to another computer or make a return.
Register: Opens the default web browser and navigates to the registration page.
Provide Feedback: Opens the default web browser and navigates to the feedback page.
Help Improve ON1 Products: Opens the Improve ON1 Products dialog.

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