For a limited time OnOne Software is offering their Perfect Effects 8 for free. This is a $100 value they are giving away. Perfect Effects is a module of their Perfect Photo Suite 8, which includes seven image editing modules and a browser module. It provides targeted editing tools for the tasks photographers want to do most and versatile tools that support the spectrum of photographer’s needs for productivity and spontaneous creativity—all in one powerful and complete photo editing solution.
In my previous article on the Mind’s Eye, I mentioned this collection of editing tools that use the Photoshop plug in engine, along with similar collections from Nik Software and Topaz Labs. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned Photoshop user, this set of tools is defiantly worth a look see, especially for free. Perfect Effects 8 works seamlessly with Adobe® Photoshop®, Lightroom®, Photoshop Elements, and Apple® Aperture®. It can also be used as a standalone application. This is handy working with large images and you want better performance from your computer.
The interface is fairly straight forward. On the left are the Effects Browser with tabs for all the presets that ship with the software and the custom presets you've created or imported. Next are the Filter Preset Categories that provide thumbnails of the effects within a particular category. Then a Browser Column View toggle. In the middle is the Preview window and the Tools Option Bar. On the right is the Filter Stack, which is like the PhotoshopLayers Panel. You can “stack” several different filter effects with one image. Next is the Filter Options which allows you to work with the effects of each Filter Effect.
When working with Perfect Effects 8 you’re able to work globally on the entire image and selectively using the Masking Brush tool. If you’re a beginner simply click on a preset and apply it to their image.Intermediate users can add a preset and make slight to major adjustments to them with the Filter Options. The Live Preview makes it easy to see how adjustments affect image. If you’re an advanced user you can customize the any way you desire. Stack multiple presets, add filters with their own specified settings, use blending options, and use the masking tools to selectively apply each effect. Remember this is a Photoshop filter, so when accessing Perfect Effects from Photoshop, you can apply all this to individual layers and come up with something really fantastic.
The cool about this offer from OnOne software is that once you install Perfect Effects you’ll be a fully registered user with all the benefits of a paid user. This means you’ll be able to upgrade to the full Perfect Photo Suite or get modules for a discounted price. You simply can’t go wrong with this deal. However, remember this deal is for a limited time. Base requirements for Mac are, current maintenance release of OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 (64 bit only). For Windows, current maintenance release of Windows 7 or Windows 8. OnOne announced this offer at the end of last week, so don’t wait, download it now!