Saturday, January 12, 2013

Perfect Photo Suite 7: An Affordable Photoshop Alternative



Are you looking for an affordable alternative from having to buy Adobe Photoshop CS6,  onOne Software, Inc., a developer of innovative, time saving solutions for photographers of all skill levels, has released a Standard Edition and a Lightroom & Aperture Edition of Perfect Photo Suite 7 to complement their existing Premium Edition of the photography software suite.  Starting at $79.95, these options give photographers the ability to choose the solution that fits their workflow and budget.

We've been using Perfect Photo Suite 6 since it was released, and did a previous review of a few of the more interesting modules here.  Recently, we've upgraded to Perfect Photo Suite 7 Premium Edition and are loving the new features including the new Perfect B&W module.

The Standard Edition allows the use of the entire Perfect Photo Suite 7 as a standalone application.  The edition is ideal for those who do not use Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe Photoshop Elements 11, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, or Apple Aperture but still want to enhance, stylize, and retouch their JPG images with a professional touch.  This edition also lets you create and edit multi-layered files without Photoshop.

black hills photography, big horn sheep, ram
Example of Perfect Photo Suite Post-Processing

The Lightroom & Aperture Edition of Perfect Photo Suite 7 is designed for the photographer who does not use Adobe Photoshop but used Lightroom or Aperture as the hub of their photo management and editing workflow. With the Perfect Photo Suite 7 Lightroom & Aperture Edition, users can work with a variety of image formats including RAW, JPG, PNG, and TIFF.  Users can also create and edit multi-layered files, and access any of the Perfect Photo Suite 7 modules directly from Lightroom or Aperture.  After adjustments are made, images may be saved as a .PSD, .TIF, .PND, or .JPG right next to the original image in their Lightroom or Aperture catalog - providing true non-destructive editing.  This edition of the Suite also works as a standalone application for quick touch ups and edits.

Mt Rushmore, Black Hills Photography, Buffalo, Bison
Creation of Multi-Layered Photographs

The Premium Edition is the version of Perfect Photo Suite 7 that has been available since October 31, 2012 and the version that Dakota Visions Photography, LLC has chosen to work with in their own workflow.  It has offered us the greatest flexibility and seamless integration with whatever workflow we choose for a certain photograph.  It adds functionality as a plugin to Photoshop CS6 and Elements which allows users to create or refine layer masks, resize CMYK, Grayscale, or LAB color mode images, use a dedicated batch processing module in Perfect Resize, use modules as a re-editable Smart Objects, incorporate within Photoshop actions, and get direct access to module presets in a dedicated onOne Panel.

old barn, barn door, South Dakota, Perfect B&W
Perfect B&W Module

Each edition of Perfect Photo Suite 7 includes the new Perfect B&W module to develop stunning black and white images, Perfect Portrait for simple and easy portrait retouching, Perfect Effects and Focal Point for creative effects, Perfect Layers for layered image workflow without Photoshop, Perfect Mask for replacing backgrounds in photographs, and Perfect Resize for image enlargement.  In Perfect Photo Suite 7, these seven products work together seamlessly as integrated modules so photographers can create the images they envision.

All three editions of Perfect Photo Suite 7 are now available from onOne Software. Enter the world of fast, affordable, yet powerful post-processing by pressing any of the links in the story above.  Links contained in this article may be affiliate links and our disclosure can be found here. A free 30-day trial of Perfect Photo Suite 7 Premium Edition is currently available.

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