Perfect Effects 4 Free

December 13, 2012 | Greg Astill

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I think Photoshop is pretty amazing, but from time to time I wish it did more and did it with a bit more ease.  With Smartphones people can take a picture and apply an amazing effect quite easily with programs and Apps like Instagram.  It would be amazing to be able to have a program on the computer that can do the same.

But with advance photo editing programs such as Photoshop, you need to play with combination of tools and effects to match what it is you need.  Not one tool or filter will make the picture more stylistic, it will be a combination.  The filter menu in Photoshop also has potential, but unfortunately lacks that one-click option to apply an effect that can enhance an image.

This is where onOneSoftware comes in.  They have introduced a wide variety of Plug-ins, Filters and Layer Effects for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements and other photo programs.  The programs aren’t free, but they have a series of FREE applications, more like trial software that won’t run out and isn’t time limited.  It gives you an opportunity to build your effects library up slowly and to try the program out.   The nice thing is the full program itself isn’t that expensive, and the only difference between the two licenses is the amount of filters and effects you have access to.


Perfect Effects 4 Free is the one program that I have been playing with a lot lately.  Just mixing things and playing with some effects that can hopefully add a little excitement or elegance to some of my photos.  I can choose from over 70 effects to enhance and stylize my images, including effects to create the popular HDR and vintage looks, textures to add depth and dimension, and borders to add a finishing touch. Instantly add any effect with a single click or combine them to create a look of your own.

Perfect Effects 4 Free can be used as a standalone or directly with Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or Apple Aperture.  Create images with impact using over 70 professional effects that help you enhance detail, add contrast, evoke moods, and more. Perfect Effects 4 Free is part of a larger program titled Perfect Photo Suite 7.  Paying for that program gives you unlimited access to all 7 programs and can run as a standalone program all by itself.  It runs for $79.95 and is a much easier program to use then Photoshop.


Design a look all your own by combining multiple effects and adjusting the strength of each effect. With the live previews in Perfect Effects 4 Free, you can see what each effect will look like on your photo before applying it. Your creative options are limitless and easy to achieve with the easy-to-use tools in Perfect Effects 4 Free.


With a handy set of Basic Brushes, you can solve some of your most common digital photography problems exactly where you need. Use simple brush strokes to make areas darker, lighter or warmer. Add detail, glow or more color. You can also reveal highlights and recover shadows.

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Blend effects to create amazing and highly stylized looks in Perfect Effects 4 Free. By changing the Blending Modes, you can control the brightness, contrast and color of the image to dramatically alter the appearance. And, by adjusting the opacity, you can control the strength of the effect.

Here's a great video showcasing what you can do with your photos using this program.

It’s a great program for anyone getting started with digital photography.  I highly recommending downloading some of the applications for FREE to start, and hopefully you be pleasantly surprised. 

Here are a sampling of some of my vacation photos over the years that I have played with.  Click on them to enlarge the photo.

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Other programs they have are listed below.

Perfect Presets for Aperture quickly enhance and stylize your images and speed up your workflow. Twenty-one presets are included to help you correct color or tone, add creative effects, and much more. Apply these presets to your images as they are or use them as a starting point to inspire your own creative process.

Perfect Presets for Lightroom 2 & 3 includes three volumes of presets for use in Lightroom 2 & 3's Develop module so you can expand your creative possibilities. Save time and speed up your workflow with these professionally developed presets designed to correct color or tone, add creative effects, and much more.

FocalPoint 2 creates realistic selective focus, blur, depth-of-field and vignette effects that tell your viewers right where to look. Easily and quickly get a tilt-shift effect with the intuitive Focus Bug and use the Focus Brush to apply the blur right where you want it.

Have fun!!!