Editor’s note: PhotoTools 2.6 has been discontinued but you can still add a professional look to your photos with the new Perfect Effects 4 (free). With a robust library of photographic effects and powerful, intuitive tools to combine, stack and blend images, you can create images with impact quickly and easily.
OnOne Photo Tools
After installing the OnOne’s Perfect Photo Suite, the very first plugin I wanted to test out was Photo Tools. OnOne claims: “PhotoTools 2.6 Professional Edition is the fastest and easiest way to add a professional look to your photos in Photoshop”. A bold statement indeed, but they may be right about that to a good degree. While there is no such thing as a one step process to make your images look professional, Photo Tools allows you to take a good image to the next level.
So what does Photo Tools do? It allows you to use presets of filters and effects on your images while allowing you to stack the effects, much like layers in Photoshop. Add to that the possibility of adjusting the opacity of the multiple effects and you have an incredible amount of variations possible. Some of the possibilities that Photo Tools enables the user to achieve include giving your photos a vintage look, adding flare, adding fog, edge effects, adding textures, and so much more.
Photo Tools was developed with the help of some top photographers and Photoshop experts. Some of the coolest presets included in the plugin were designed by these people who shoot and retouch for a living. Don’t go expecting to have a one button solution to making great photos. Just like with Photoshop itself, Photo Tools requires some time and patience in order to achieve your final results. When used well, Photo Tools will give the user some incredible variations on their photos. I honestly recommend this plugin to anyone looking to add some creative diversity to their imagey. As a stand alone product or as part of OnOne’s Perfect Photo Suite, Photo Tools is a robust and very practical addition to Photoshop.
OnOne also offers webinars and an amazing help section to their website. In the OnOne University, you’ll find over 100 great video tutorials on how to use all of their products. I love this way of learning how to use new software. This way you can have expert instruction on how to use the OnOne plugins at your own pace. Want to get even more tips and tricks from the pros? Check out the OnOne archived webinars or catch the next live webinar with one of OnOne’s expert instructors.
Let’s take a look at some Photo Tools examples: