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Lightroom Video – onOne Software's Perfect Layers Preview

Hey there. A while back, onOne Software announced a public preview of their new plug-in called Perfect Layers. Well, the public preview is over and version 1 is now officially out. Brian Matiash (from onOne) was in our studio last week, so I pulled him aside to spend some time showing a couple of the ways that you’d use Perfect Layers with Lightroom, especially if you’re not necessarily a Photoshop user.

You can find out all the details over at their site. Also, NAPP members can take advantage of a $35.00 discount by checking out the Software Discounts page on the NAPP Member Site.



  1. Lee Turner 27 June, 2011 at 22:50 Reply

    Matt, this off topic but I didn’t know where else to ask it. I just did the upgrade to LR 3.4.1 and now it appears that lost the red,yellow and green icon balls, plus I can seem to access my dock ( which can from Photoshop CS 5 or other apps.

    I have heard of this or run it to?

  2. CS Chua 24 June, 2011 at 10:09 Reply

    For usd100, take a look at Cyberlink’s PhotoDirector 2011, allowing up to 5 mask layers and all of Lightroom’s features in one package. This is what Lightroom should be, with in-program layer mask support.

  3. Dick Kenny 23 June, 2011 at 05:01 Reply

    The actual layers function is great – but, the associated selections process is very very basic. And for the photographer, the ability to make an accurate selection plays a a fundamental role in those jobs where layers is most used. Without the ability to make accurate selections means turning again to Photoshop – or some other selection program – which defeats the whole purpose.

  4. Josh Wardell 22 June, 2011 at 15:43 Reply

    Great job, Bri 🙂

    I’m glad to see a company finally taking lightroom seriously. The few others out there that make LR plugins seem to just hack an adaptation from their PS plugin, not to mention inconsistent UI as well.

    My only complaint is it seems a bit pricey at $100 for a single-purpose tool. Worth it for those who need layers very often but not for those who might only play with them on a few of their photos once in a while. (Which is the same reason I won’t buy the full PS – not worth the money to use on the 1% of my photos I need it for)

    OnOne’s raising the bar for LR plugins here and hopefully others follow suit.

  5. FredBloggs 21 June, 2011 at 17:06 Reply


    Perfect Layers = $100 and you get layers, masking & blending

    Elements 9 = $80 and you get layers, masking & blending……and a whole lot more

    Convince me to buy PL over Elements 9. Go on, I’m waiting

    • Dave Cheatham 23 June, 2011 at 08:36 Reply

      Why does anyone need to convince you…buy what you want…if you like elements great! Guys like you drive guys like Matt and Scott crazy with the assumption..if there is a new product intro..they have to convince someone. If you are not interested move on! This is a product for those mostly who will not be big photoshop users.

      all the best,


  6. RON 21 June, 2011 at 13:49 Reply

    I would agree that this plugin is geared more for non photoshop users. However , I can also see people who have photoshop also using this plugin , as with all tools for photographers, each tool has its place in the work flow and I could see using the plugin for quick and simple edits where opening photoshop is not really needed.
    I also can see that there is a bit more speed in edits that can be done in the plugin than in photoshop. Also seems to use less resources (ram, processor) than photoshop.
    In conclusion, the perfect layers plugin seems a good way to create images that do not require complex selections that can be further enhanced in lightroom prior to further photoshop work or not.


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