On1 PhotoRaw 2018 Before and After Example

Hello LCC members,

Several members have been asking about On1 Photo Raw 2018 and have requested a before and after image example.

Remember, On Wed March 28 at 6pm at the North Palm Beach Library I will do a demo of ON1 Photo Raw 2018 as well as discuss Digital Asset Management (DAM) 

Here we go!

This is the RAW capture Meta Data.

What is Meta Data? Meta Data is the cameras recorded settings at time of image capture and looks like this.

The Meta data important stuff is toward the bottom of this panel which shows. Exposure 0.3sec at f29 Focal, length 20mm, ISO 50, Flash Did not fire, Canon 5D Mark II, Sigma 12-24mm

NOTE: What the meta data does not show is the focus information which is: Manual Focus set to 1meter (3-Feet) which is how 99% of all my wide-angle landscape/seascape photo are captured. On a trip-pod of course.

Here is the Straight Outta Camera raw Image.

Here are the post processing steps I used  in ON1 PhotoRaw 2018

Notes are in screen capture caption below each capture

First step was to open the image in the Develop Module and make the adjustments as indicated in the screen shot above.

Next step was to move to the Effects Module making the list of adjustments below.

Haze Reduction

Sharpened slightly with the Fix Focus Preset


Next were a couple of color adjustments

Fall Preset to warm the image up a bit and bring out the yellow and orange tones.

Sky preset to bring out the blue in the sky

Increase Color preset to increase overall image colors

Tone Enhancer with Clarity Preset as you can see by the opacity slider this was a very small adjustment. You have to be careful with this adjustment because Tone Enhancer is in short a Contrast adjustment. If you add too much run the risk of making the image will actually loose some clarity.

Final adjustment was to bring up the light on the beach. The HDR Look panel does a great job with this. I used the Natural Preset and only lightly applied it. If you use too much you run the risk of glow and halo around clouds and other objects in an image. But, heck you may want that look and that is ok to. Remember you are the artist and your photo is an expression of your vision.

In the final steps I used the Eraser Tool to remove sensor dust and unwanted whispy clouds that I felt were a distraction.

Then I cropped a very small portion off the top and straitend the horizon line.

Here is the final image


Here is the before and after side by side.


If you have questions or comments let me know.




9 thoughts on “On1 PhotoRaw 2018 Before and After Example

  1. Pingback: On1 Photo Raw 2018 Before and After Example | Photography by Steve daPonte

  2. This was extremely informative and helpful. The result is beautiful! This is how I want my seascapes to look! Thanks, Jeanne

    Jeanne Benson Sent from my iPad


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  3. Hello, looks quite a nifty post processor to get an HDR merge effect. Did you apply your chromatic aberrations and lens profile in light room before using On1 for processing? It looks like LR on your first menu picture. Does On1 offer lens profiling?


    • No I did not use LR for lens correction. I have not used LR since Jan 1 2018. Yes, ON1 has lens correction and even more features that LR does not offer. I have been using ON1 for years but only as a plugin for LR. I was also a Beta Tester for ON1 . Now that Adobe has taken away the ability to update LR thru an upgrade once per year I am done. I do not want to do the cloud subscription.


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