ON1 Photo RAW 2017 First Impression
After reviewing MacPhuns' Luminar Photo Editor a few weeks back, we are now sharing our first impression and a quick review of the new ON1 Photo RAW 2017 software.
The New Photo Editor Software by ON1 opens fast and there is no need to import any images. All the images remain where they are (in their native folder on your computer).
This is a delight compared to Adobes' Lightroom which requires you to import images for processing/editing/cataloging/exporting.
Okay, so getting your photos into ON1 Photo Raw 2017 is a piece of cake. Let’s work on a sample image and see what ON1 Photos can do to our photos (in this case RAW we are using a RAW image we took in Venice).
This Venice picture is not very impressive. The sky is overexposed and the buildings and the canal look rather dull.
Inside the ON1 RAW 2017 Photo editor, on the very right side, we have 5 modes:
After switching into the Develop mode we find some basic adjustments we can make to tone & color.
But there is more. By clicking on the SHOW MORE button you will find 10 more adjustments:
- Black & White
- Color Adjustment
- Noise Reduction
- Skin Retouching
- Split Tone
On the left, you have a crop, adjustment brush, adjustable gradient, eraser, retouch brush, and zoom tool function.
In our sample images, we are using the adjustable gradient to reduce the exposure of the sky and add some more saturation and reduce the temperature (to make more blue out of the sky and to highlight the clouds).
Next, we switch back to the overall settings and adjust the overall vibrancy of the image. We go almost all the way up to 95% to make those colorful Venice facades pop.
Haze -75% makes the sky and the water look stronger. Then we added the Sharpening > Screen Filter and we are done.
We have never used this software before and it took us 2 minutes. Here is the result of our quick edit:
You may find the image too “strong now” or not “realistic enough”. Of course, that's everybody's personal and subjective taste, but one thing I guess we can all agree upon: the new image we just created with this easy-to-use photo editing software is much better than our original image!
Just see yourself and compare the original image with the image we just edited with ON1 Photo Raw 2017:
Exporting your RAW image (or other formats like jpg) is easy. Remember how painful it is to share your image with Lightroom to social media (you need plugins etc. to make this work). Not so with ON1 Photo RAW. Just click the share icon in the bottom right and select Twitter.
And remember how painful it is to share your image with Lightroom to social media (you need plugins etc. to make this work). Not so with ON1 Photo RAW! Just click the share icon in the bottom right and select the Twitter icon.
Here is our Tweet, straight from ON1 Photo RAW 2017 with no plugins required:
— PhotoWorkout (@PhotoWorkout) March 17, 2017
Now, this was just a short “intro review” of Photo RAW by ON1.
There is much more you can do with it, e.g.
- adding layers (combining pics) and
- resizing images (not only making them smaller but scaling them for larger/bigger use!)…
- & many more function and tools…
So stay tuned for more reviews to come and meanwhile try the ON1 Photo Editing Software yourself for free you can get it here. (If you like the software we have a special ON1 RAW 2017 coupon for you. If you apply PWO at checkout, you will get 15% off).
P.S. We also love Luminar by Macphun (great for editing photos on your MAC), the only thing which Luminar is still missing (compared to ON1 Raw) is the image catalog function (and Luminar is not available for Windows users yet).
So for now, ON1 RAW 2017 is probably the best option if you use a Windows or if you don’t already have a photo catalog software like Lightroom. Or you may like the speed and ease-of-use of ON1 (ON1 RAW is very fast even when browsing through thousands of photos!).
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