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Review: onOne Software PhotoTune 3

onOne Software develops several plugins that can be used for putting the finishing touches on all your photographs. This review is of onOne PhotoTune 3.0 tool. Like most plugins, they are hosted within Photoshop. Also like most plugins, they are intended to save you time and expand your creative possibilities. onOne’s PhotoTune 3.0 excels in both these arenas. PhotoTune 3.0 is the perfect for putting on the final touches on your image. It is a quick and efficient way of improving dynamic range, color, brightness, and sharpness. The tool operates in 2 basic modes, Wizard Mode and Pro Mode. Pro Mode is what you would think it is. You control all the parameters. The more interesting feature of PhotoTune 3.0 is the Wizard Mode and is the focus of this review. The Wizard Mode basically walks you through the process of finishing your images by presenting 4 easy to follow previews accompanied by a simple slider. All you have to do is look at the before and after image, move the slider, and choose the image you like. Do that 4 times and you are done!

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Here are the steps outlined in the Wizard.

Step 1 – Choose Your Wizard: All you do is open up your image in the host program (photoshop CS5 shown here), and choose the mode you want to work in; Portrait Wizard, Landscape Wizard, or Pro. For this image I chose Landscape Wizard.

Step 2 – Adjust Dynamic Range: Next, you just adjust the slider at the bottom of the screen to either increase or decrease the dynamic range. After you are happy with the results, click the image you like and go to the next step.

Step 3 – Adjust Color: Here you adjust the color and correct any color cast your image might have. Occasionally, you might be asked to do this step a couple times as PhotoTune tries to narrow down the final results. Then, click the one you like.

Step 4 – Adjust Brightness: Adjust the slider to adjust the brightness, and click the one you like.

Step 5 – Adjust Sharpness: Finally, all you need to do is adjust the slider to achieve the final level of sharpening you desire. I zoomed in and pushed it pretty far here so you could see the results. Again, this is a global adjustment, so I normally go pretty light with this step and then do some selective sharpening later.

Step 5 – Summary: Here you are presented with the final Before/After images. If you like it, click apply, if not, you can navigate back through the steps to adjust them as you like.

Video: Here is a quick video of PhotoTune 3 in action.


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  • If you are looking for a quick tool to put the finishing touches on your images, onOne PhotoTune 3.0 is a great place to start.
  • It is a hosted tool. You will need Photoshop to use it.
  • Like most plugins, you can either buy a single plugin like PhotoTune 3.0, of you can buy the entire suite of plugins and save some money. I like all the onOne plugins and use PhotoTune 3.0, PhotoTools 2.5, and Genuine Fractals quite a bit. That being said, you might want to consider getting the entire suite?

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Here are some images that I have made using the onOne PhotoTune 3.0 as a final finishing tool.

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  1. Ir Robbie says:

    Love the Photo Tune tutorial,looks so easy with excellent results.
    With Onone ongoing promotions,something to think about.
    Beautifully done images too.

  2. Antonio Biggio says:

    Great review,
    I’ve genuine fractal but for editing my Photo i use the nik plug in. What do you think about the difference of the onone and nik product? Are they for different use or are similar whith a different workflow for obtain the same result?.
    Thank you and…….sorry for my english.

    • Howdy Antonio! I’m sorry I could not answer you in your native language.

      That is a good question, and one I have been thinking about for a while. I haven’t used onOne for very long now so take my comments with a grain of salt. Here is the short answer….They are very different tool sets.

      1) I think of Nik as more of a building block type of plugin. With Nik you can make your images come to life with a huge set of small tools. Plus that have U-point Technology which is amazing.

      2) With onOne, especially the PhotoEffects plugins, you get larger tools where you can create dramatic stylized effects with a single click of a button.

      They are different enough that I don’t really see them competing against one another. They both have their place in my darkroom.

      If you didn’t understand something, just let me know and I will clarify it.

      Take care!


  3. Antonio Biggio says:

    Thanks Justin, I’ve understand.
    Could you please explain your workflow editing whith the two plug in?Ex: when you use one or when use togheter and what Are the function of the two plug in wich you use often?

    • Howdy Antonio,

      I will do my best. My current workflow is as follows:

      1) Take an image (could be a single image, or an HDR image I have generated in Photomatix) and develop it in Adobe Camera Raw.
      2) Usually apply noise reduction (Nik Define 2.0 or Topaz Labs DeNoise 5 in most cases)
      3) If I think it is pretty good and I just need a couple of quick tweaks, I use onOne PhotoTune 3.0 (I have a review of it on the site)
      4) If I really want to craft and image I use the Nik toolset (in my opinion it is the most comprehensive set of plugins on the market)
      5) If there is a certain style I am looking for I will use the onOne software PhotoTools 2.5 plugins because they have some very unique stylizing plugins.

      The Nik Complete collection is downright awesome because it comes with Noise Reduction (define), Sharpening (sharpener), selective adjustment tools (Viveza 2), Color styling tools (color effects pro), and the best B&W conversion tool on the market (Silver Efex Pro).

      onOne Software Plugins are great for quickly and efficiently adding very cool stylized effects to your images. I use them quite a bit for weddings and portraits. They save me a ton of time.

      I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.

      Take care,



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