The image editing software market is filled with a large variety of programs that want to grab a slice of Photoshop’s share, but the truth is that there aren’t many that can seriously compete against it. Luckily, onOne software has released the last member of its image treatment family, specialized on photo retouching called Perfect Photo Suite 8 available in digital format to download. Thankfully, this photo edit software includes a full list of tools and functions that can compete one-on-one against Adobe’s flagship in similar ways.
The application is designed mostly for photographers that want to fix some aspect of their works in a quick and easy way. For this reason, Perfect Photo Suite 8 includes some tools and general functions that are too time-consuming for other similar programs, however in this program, they are planned to be used in a simple way. On the other hand, if you are used to other image making applications, this suite probably works seamlessly within it since it is supported as a plugin by the main editor programs like Photoshop Elements, Lightroom or Apple Aperture. In any way, Perfect Photo Suite is also a great standalone program.
It includes some tools and general functions that in other similar programs are too time-consuming, while, in this program, they are planned to be used in a simple way
Perfect Photo Suite 8 is oriented to the retouching process for photographs instead of creating new pictures from scratch, as is the case with other image maker applications. The great part comes when you start using tools for the first time, and the application gives you hints about their correct use. Free video tutorials are also available for learning tips and tricks from experts and the developers. The application also incorporates an advanced browser that can even analyze online services in which you have stored your files, very quickly browsing all your content, no matter where they are.
This image-processing program includes a large list of full-featured tools built-in, with customizable settings according to your preferences. This way you can use adjustable functions such as the available filters for applying them in the right way, as well as checking how the effects will result with the live preview. Amongst its new features, you will find a portrait enhancer tool, HDR functions for getting better results with color, dynamic contrast, grunge, vintage and antique filters included by default without the need to download more free plugins.
The complete library of effects that is included is something quite overwhelming to start with. Each effect can be painted thanks to the perfect brush for advanced and accurate results. Among its effects, the Lens Blur effect from FocalPoint allows the users to apply better blur effects than before. The Mask feature gives you the possibility to replace the background or any element in the picture quickly and very easily, with high quality samples and without any problem treating parts like hair or irregular outlines.
The black & white tool helps the user to create retro-style images for enthusiasts with professional presets that give you great results immediately without too much difficulty. The retouching brush allows the user to fix some details in the image. The good news comes when you check the opacity level and see that you can adjust its effects, making the tool more realistic, without overloading the image with an artificial aspect. The section Perfect Photo Suite 8 includes tools for making some enhancements, and introduces a tool for adjusting brightness and contrast, removing color cast from the picture, adding sharpening and vignettes and even removing dust spots and power-lines from your photos.
As with other many image maker applications, the layers are the main aspect of its workflow. It allows combining the best parts of multiple images performing functions like replacing elements of the image or removing distractions instantly. For portraits, the potential improvements are really top class. The automatic skin smoothing is a good example of that. The enhancement of specific body parts like teeth and eyes with an instant tool makes Perfect Photo Suite 8 a really good image suite for your photography work.
Perfect Photo Suite 8 8.5.1 Features
Check the main list of features that this application includes:
- Great tools designed specifically for photographers, without having too many worries about extraneous elements
- Adjustable filters and effects for a customizable image aspect and professional presets
- Fully compatible with other image edit software available for PC and Mac OS X such as Photoshop, Lightroom or Apple Aperture
- Cutting-edge technology creating outstanding image quality and HDR effects
- Browse module included for managing your images no matter where they are stored, either on your local disk or in cloud storage services
- Create natural and realistic portraits with the specified stylization tools simultaneously with other advanced functions
- Time-saving mask tools for replacing backgrounds and replicating the ones you like with its astonishing collection
- Support for plugins you can download for adding new tools and effects
For further details before installing the application on your computer, check the official product webpage.
Check the requirements your system needs to meet for running the application:
- Operating System: OS X 10.7, Windows 7 64-bits or later
- Processor: Intel core 2 duo
- GPU: OpenGL 2.0 support with 256MB dedicated RAM
- Memory: 8GB RAM
- HDD Space: 1.5GB free space