P-38, Finished

Perfect Effects 8, How I Use It.

OnOne Software recently offered their wonderful editing software package Perfect Effects 8 (PE-8) away – for free!!  Here’s the link, it should be good until 2/28 – Perfect Effects 8

This is a great product, and you can use it as a plug-in with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, Aperture, or as a standalone application.

I’ve been using PE-8 as a plug-in for Photoshop.  So far, I really like what I’m able to do with it.  There are a lot of other plug-in applications out there like Nik, Alien Skin, and Topaz.  And while they are very good at what they do, I’ve been using them less and less since I started using PE-8.  It offers a lot of options, and is very easy to use.

I was recently asked to put together a little tutorial on the features of PE-8.  Since I’m no expert in the many features PE-8 offers, I thought I would share how I use it, and hopefully you’ll see enough to get started with you own photo project.

Here is my original photo, a P-38 Lightning from the 2013 Planes of Fame Airshow.

Click on each image thumbnail to see it full size!

P-38 Honey Bunny, Original

It’s not bad, but kind of blah. I like the perspective, but think it could be better. Lately I’ve been backing off of HDR processing, and using tones and textures. What follows is a series of screenshots demonstrating how I process an image.

This is what the screen looks like (on a Mac) once you’ve selected your image and launched PE-8.
P-38, Screenshot 1

And here we go…
P-38, 2nd Screenshot

P-38, 3rd Screenshot

P-38, 4th Screenshot

P-38, 5th Screenshot

P-38, 6th Screenshot

P-38, 7th Screenshot

To finish up, I continued using Photoshop to do a little cropping, and add my signature. Here’s the finished product:
P-38, Finished

I hope you’ve found this helpful. It really isn’t an in-depth tutorial, just something to help get you started. If you want more, try this link to some video tutorials – OnOne Software U.

Here’s one more link to a photographer I follow on Google +, Karen Hutton.  She has a very informative video on how she uses PE-8.  Click here and check it out – Perfect Inspiration.

That’s it for now.  Let me know if you have any questions either by leaving a comment here, or on my Facebook Page.

Until next time – Happy Shooting!