Perfect Effects 9 from On One Software is an image editor that you can also use to work with Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture. The program is free to download, but you’ll need online access to activate the first time you use it. Once you’ve filled up the simple form, you can download the program, and there’s a lot of good stuff here.
If you’ve been using this program for a while, you’ll notice that the brush tool has been upgraded, and the mask tool makes editing easier. If you’re a first time user, the quickest way to learn the ropes is to follow the guide boxes.
Next, create a new folder and put some of your pictures or images from Photoshop or Lightroom in it. Open one of the images, go to Effects and check each one. There are a lot and most require just one click. There’s a preview so you cancel the effect anytime, and the interface is intuitive so figuring out how the application works is easy.
Perfect Effects 9 is easy to use, but do keep in mind that you’ll need at least 8GB of RAM to make full use of its features. The program doesn’t crash even when you’re working on complex images, but you’ll need a powerful machine if you want to edit high res images.
Still, this is a very good application, and whether you use it on its own or as a plug-in, the results are very impressive, and that’s saying a lot given the number of plugins and image editors available today.