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ON1 Photo Raw Conclusion
ON1 Photo Raw 2022 is a great image editor offering you all the basics and more including masking, Liquify, Sky Replacement and Portrait AI also. It’s fairly intuitive to use, it only took me about 7 or 8 minutes to figure it all out. It’s a small bit clunkier to use at times when compared to Lightroom but it offers more editing possibilities and it’s a lot cheaper also so that’s only to be expected.
Overall it works well and does exactly what it should and at a great price too. It’s direct competitor would probably be Luminar Neo more than Lightroom. I sense a comparison blog coming up here soon.
ON1 Photo Raw 2022 Review.
So I decided to just jump straight into this software without watching any tuition or reading anything about it to see how intuitive it is. I should probably add here that I also Use Lightroom, Photoshop, Luminar Neo and the suite of Topaz Labs products so I am very well versed in photography editing software.
On opening Photo Raw and importing a photograph into it all was good… The interface is fairly similar to Lightroom so that was a positive with familiar slider controls and adjustments all down the righthand side as per usual. The order of the sliders made sense also (see the screenshot below).
Now it did take me 3 or 4 minutes to get to grips with where everything was, after that though it was smooth enough sailing and editing the first shot took me about 2 minutes with just basic Exposure corrections, shadows, Highlights and your average exposure tweeks (very easy to do) the one thing I did notice here is the strength of the sliders seems to be stronger than in Lightroom. I primarily noticed it on the shadows slider as I was used to whacking that up to the 80’s or 90’s in Lightroom but in Photo Raw 2022 I only need to adjust it to about half way.
I am not saying that’s a bad thing but just the first point I noticed.
You can also see you have your Midtones, Whites and Blacks sliders. Below them you have your Structure and Dehaze sliders, then we go into the colour temperatures, saturation and Vibrancy sliders. A small point to note here is that there are also the normal range of Colour Profiles at the top of this section just above the Exposure slider where you can adjust colour profiles to your liking as in most editing software. I selected Camera Landscape for the shot I was working on and it worked well.
Next, I wanted to correct the horizon as I picked this shot to edit because the horizon wasn’t level, there were dust spots in it and it was a fairly flat image so I wanted to see how far I could push it.
Again it took a second to locate the levelling facility but it worked exactly as it should do then, it’s over on the crop section on the left hand side of the screen. When you click on the crop tool you can crop your image and adjust leveling also. If you click on the level Icon it pops down a slider and you just adjust that to get the photograph level.
There is actually another way to level the photograph and I think it’s a lot better. If you go to the Transform section and click on Rotation that works a lot better as it’s a finer control and the mouse wheel will adjust it which makes life a lot easier.