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onOne Software has announced Perfect B&W, a brand new product that is claimed to offer photographers the easiest way to convert their images into black and white. “The ability to master black and white photography with a camera and darkroom techniques has been a long respected art form that has required much knowledge and practice to achieve,” said Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software. “We wanted to develop a black and white image creation product that would deliver amazing, professional caliber results in a simple to use application. Perfect B&W offers presets designed by industry experts for one-click results, along with manual controls that replicate time-honored processing techniques and offer photographers the ability create their own looks quickly and easily.” The new Perfect B&W is now available for pre-order as part of the Perfect Photo Suite 7 for $299.95, which will ship in late October. It will be available later this Fall as an individual plug-in and standalone product for $99.95.
onOne Press Release
onOne Software Announces Perfect B&W
Brand new product from onOne Software provides photographers with the easiest way to develop stunning black and white images
Portland, OR – September 5, 2012 – onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of innovative, time-saving solutions for professional, advanced amateur and hobbyist photographers, today announced Perfect B&W, part of the new Perfect Photo Suite 7 that was also announced today.
Perfect B&W is a completely brand new product that offers photographers the easiest way to develop stunning black and white digital images. It includes powerful and intuitive tools that give photographers instant results and complete creative control to replicate time-honored black and white processing techniques. With Perfect B&W, photographers can add dramatic, elegant and classic monochromatic looks to their images, and create the many moods black and white photography can evoke — resulting in beautiful and provocative imagery.
“The ability to master black and white photography with a camera and darkroom techniques has been a long respected art form that has required much knowledge and practice to achieve,” said Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software. “We wanted to develop a black and white image creation product that would deliver amazing, professional caliber results in a simple to use application. Perfect B&W offers presets designed by industry experts for one-click results, along with manual controls that replicate time-honored processing techniques and offer photographers the ability create their own looks quickly and easily.”
Key Benefits of Perfect B&W:
Includes Search-Friendly Library of Expertly-Crafted Presets: Dramatic, romantic, elegant, vintage and classic looks may all be achieved in a single click with the more than 100 black and white presets included in Perfect B&W. Find the preset you want to use quickly with visual thumbnails in the browser or with the built-in keyword search. Tag your favorites for easy future access.
Real-Time Previews: Explore the look of different presets on your image in a browser that can be expanded to show more detail or click a preset to see it on your image on a full-screen before you apply it.
Essential Adjustment Brushes: Precisely dodge and burn, add contrast and detail, and apply selective color with a set of powerful brushes designed specifically for black and white image processing. Control how much and where you want to apply your effect with simple brush strokes. Wacom® tablet users can control brush size and strength using built-in pen pressure and sensitivity support.
Perfect Brush: Paint inside the lines with precision using the NEW edge-detecting Perfect Brush! Whether you’re painting in effects, detail, contrast, highlights or selective color, the Perfect Brush will apply adjustments smoothly to the specific area you’re working on while automatically recognizing the edges around it.
Blending Modes: Use Blending Modes to blend your black & white image with your original to achieve a unique hand-painted or grungy contrast look. Choose from a selection of 30 modes to change the brightness, contrast, and color of your image and dramatically alter its appearance.
Toner Presets: Imply mood, add depth and create striking contrast within your images using the Toner Presets in Perfect B&W. Select from a collection of toners including the popular copper, cyanotype, selenium, sepia and more—or build your own.
Filter Presets: Get the effect of photographic filters after the shot. Use built-in color filter presets to enhance contrast in your images and adjust the relative brightness of the details you care about, whether it’s the sky, foliage, or people.
Tone Curve: Optimize the balance of tone and contrast in your image with the Tone Curve. Adjust your shadows, mid-tones and highlights to create the exact look you want.
Film Grain: Add the timeless look and feel of vintage film stock using our library of authentic film grain. Choose from a selection of carefully crafted film types that integrate realistic grain onto your images.
Borders, Edges and Vignettes: Accentuate your images with flexible vignettes and authentic film & darkroom edge effects of sloppy borders and print edges.
Supports Any Workflow: Integrate Perfect B&W seamlessly into your workflow no matter what tools and software you use. It works as a plug-in to Adobe® Photoshop®, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom® or Apple® Aperture® where you can send your images directly into Perfect B&W, make your adjustments, then get them right back to your photo editing workflow. You can also use Perfect B&W as a standalone application all by itself.
Availability and Pricing
The new Perfect B&W is now available for pre-order as part of the Perfect Photo Suite 7 for $299.95, which will ship in late October. It will be available later this Fall as an individual plug-in and standalone product for $99.95. For more information on Perfect B&W, please visit http://www.ononesoftware.com/perfect-bw.
About onOne Software
onOne Software®, Inc., a leading developer of innovative software tools for photographers, develops time-saving software solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers. onOne Software solutions have been created to help photographers spend more of their time behind the camera taking pictures instead of the computer workstation. Such solutions include a wide range of easy-to-use standalone applications and plug-in enhancements for Adobe® Photoshop®, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Lightroom®, Apple® Aperture®, and iPhone® and iPad® applications. Founded in 2005, onOne Software is a privately held company located in Portland, Oregon. For additional information, visit http://www.ononesoftware.com or call 1-888-968-1468.
©2012 onOne Software, Inc. All rights reserved. onOne Software, the onOne Software logo and Focused on Photography are registered trademarks in the United States, and are the property of onOne Software. Perfect Photo, Perfect B&W, Perfect Portrait, Perfect Layers, Perfect Effects, Perfect Mask, Perfect Resize, FocalPoint and Genuine Fractals are trademarks of onOne Software. Adobe, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems, Inc. Apple and Aperture are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.