Four variations (with ON1 Photo 10)

My review of ON1 Photo 10 should be up soon at Macworld. In the meantime I wanted to share a few ima...

My review of ON1 Photo 10 should be up soon at Macworld. In the meantime I wanted to share a few images and a couple extra comments.

The photo I'm playing with here, of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., was taken in early 2015 with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the Olympus 25mm f1.8 lens. All of the images were converted from ORF raw and processed entirely in ON1 Photo 10. I often use DxO Optics Pro for initial conversions but did not do so with these images, partly because the whole point was to see what I could do in ON1 Photo—and, I hasten to say, what I could do in ON1 Photo without having to be an expert. Which I am not.

The images may be viewed larger (recommended) on my Flickr account, here:

#1 • Standard photo treatment

#2 • Basic black and white

#3  •  'Daguerreotype' preset, tweaked slightly

And now, for something completely different, a simple jeu d'esprit making use of layers and masks to suggest that the dome of the Capitol can be opened on a hinge.

#4 • Silly, not creative, but silly can be fun.
Processed in ON1 Photo 10 making fairly simple use of layers and masks, as well as effects.

Masking around the scaffolding on the dome wasn't too hard, because the refine brush does a pretty good job with that sort of thing.

Masking around the base of the dome (and the edge of the 'opening' atop the Capitol) was harder, because, well, there really isn't an opening there so there's some implied visual violence required, and since ON1 Photo 10 is not Photoshop, I can't get down to pixel editing to fix the problem, that is, I can't draw or paint a screw top. If I'd wanted to go to the trouble, I could have purchased a hinged garden/food jar, like this, and taken a photo of its mouth:

Libbey 17209995 garden jar available for $4 from

Then I'd add the mouth as a separate layer and size it to fit the space where the dome has come off the Capitol. Perhaps that would be the best way to do it in Photoshop, too.

The grunge or distressed filter on top of the image roughens everything up a bit and makes the imperfections in the layer editing less visible.

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  1. William - I've stumbled across your site searching for info on ON1 Portrait. I really like what you've done here. Very creative!


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