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Mmmmmm……my layers are perfect now

Richard Charpentier Lightroom 3, Notes from Rich, Photography, RLC Design Leave a Comment

For quite some time I’ve been waiting for OnOne’s new “Perfect Layers.” See, I’m an OnOne user, I have the Perfect Photo Suite, and love all the tools included.  Perfect Layers will be a free upgrade for me……

At first I’d heard Perfect Layers would be available at the start of this year.  It pushed out a bit and the wondering faded into my mind.  Then a few hours ago I got an e-mail.  The public beta for Perfect Layers was finally available.  🙂  Hooray, a new toy.

I’ve barely started to scratch the surface of what I can do with Perfect Layers.  Basically, it’s layers for Lightroom.  This is going to be a game changer in my workflow.  I can already see it.  For a quickie example I selected a photo you’ve seen here before.  From Hackberry along Route 66.  I created a virtual copy of the original, desaturated it, punched the clarity, and threw the original and virtual copy together in Perfect Layers.  Then I just did a quick overlay and called it done.



Now, could I do this in Photoshop?  Yup.  But here’s the fun.  If you’re just a Lightroom user and you don’t have Photoshop, Perfect Layers is going to open up a whole new set of options.  Layering for Lightroom only.  A much lighter package than Photoshop, layer masking (OnOne style which I like), merging layers, etc.  I have a feeling many photographers may find themselves using just Lightroom and Perfect Layers now.

I’ll update as I gain more experience and watch OnOne’s videos.  I’m beyond excited about this one.  Like I said….I think my workflow will be changing again!


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