I thought I'd try it. Free right? It was safe, no bugs no malware but it opened up a new style of editing photography and creativity.
I found it extremely useful in adding a little special touch to my still life work.
Soon I was hooked into trying ON1 10.5 the program itself. At first I wasn't quite sure on how to use it, but I soon found it fairly user friendly.
After I watched some short clips which gave me helpful hints, I began to use the program more and more.
One day earlier this spring I wasn't paying much attention to the files I was going through and I opened ON1. I grabbed a .NEF file and opened it. A .NEF file is a RAW file shot with a Nikon camera.
Well jigger me switched.
Not only could I open a RAW file from the Nikon cameras, but I could open RAW files from both my Olympus E-420 and my Olympus EM5.
The file is opened and your RAW editing begins in Enhance. You are not editing your RAW file but leaving it alone and editing a copy.
Exposure, color, detail, all of those tools are before you.
Go to FX and your Enhancements are applied.
Now you have choices of edits that you can apply.
There are many presets and filters to chose from. I think the hardest part of ths is making choices.
However, in this shot I just wanted to bring out the little fern curls a bit better.
Imagine my relief when I found out I could do effortless masking.
At this point if you hit 'Save' your current working file is saved as a .PSD file that you can transport to another program as Adobe Photoshop or PaintShopPro and continue any edits.
Export will allow you to save the file as a .jpeg, .TIFF, or PNG.
If you want to go fancy and make an edit like my still life shots, you can add textures, gradients, borders, and even items from your own files.
You own the program. You don't lease it.
ON1 has great short clip videos to help you learn.
I've used the portrait editing tool and let me tell you, it is as good as it gets.
NO...ON1 has not paid me to write about this program at all.
I'm just that excited about using it.
Another very cool thing. I opened this photo of my son's dog.
And went to the drop down menu and was able to open up SilverEfexPro 2 and edit the dog in Black and White.
I do like the BW presets in this program also.
What is not to like about ON1 except that I'd never heard of it until early last spring.
Let me just say ON1 Rocks.
But, don't take my word for it, explore the free stuff now.
Check it out.
ON1 RAW will be released soon.
"ON1 Photo RAW is the lightning fast raw processor, photo editor and plug-in collection all in one app photographers have been asking for. Unlike the current class of raw-based photo editors requiring catalogs, bouncing between apps for editing, and a subscription ecosystem, ON1 Photo RAW features a new, modern raw processing engine, tuned for today's sensors and graphics chips. Combined with our current set of tools, the next generation of ON1 Photo 10, will continue to work where you want, as a standalone app, a plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® & Lightroom®, or a host app for other editing apps.
No Subscription Required."