onOne is currently offering its Perfect Effects 8 Premium Edition plugin for free. This is a very welcome move as this software full price is just under $100 (The company suggested that it will only be for a limited time – so you should grab it while you still can – we did, and the entire process took only a few minutes and was completely hassle free).
So what is Perfect Effects 8 and what can it do for you? well, if you are using Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom or Apple Aperture you will be able to use Perfect Effects 8 as a plug-in (there are lots of these going around) but you will also be able to use it as a completely standalone piece of software if you prefer it. What the software/plug-in does is provide you with a very comprehensive set of tools for creating and adding effects to your images.
Perfect Effects 8 includes an extensive library of customizable presets, adjustable filters, and manual controls that can help you get the most out of your image in the shortest amount of time.
The extensive video above by photographer Liz LePage takes a look at some of the more basic features of Perfect Effects 8.
You can download the software from the onOne site (update: its possible that the free offer time has now ended – our version was installed a few hours ago – so check and see for yourself – there should be a 30-day-trial in any case).