Building the Orton Effect using ON1 Photo RAW 2019

Building the Orton Effect using ON1 Photo RAW 2019

By |2019-01-12T18:46:51+00:00Dec 20th, 2018|

Last week, I shared this video showing how I build the Orton Effect, which adds a dreamy look to photos, using Adobe Photoshop CC. The feedback has been SO nice, which is wonderful to see. Among the responses, there were a number of people who asked whether the Orton Effect could be built the same way using ON1 Photo RAW 2019. The short answer is YES!

Coincidentally, a few days ago, I participated in a live webinar with my friends at ON1, where I edited three UrbEx HDR photos. During the webinar, an attendee asked the same question: “Can you build the Orton Effect using ON1?” So, I walked through the process live and the results are worth checking out. The webinar lasted about an hour and I think it has a ton of interesting workflows, especially if you use ON1. If you want to give Photo RAW 2019 a try, download their 30-day trial.

Let me know what you think. Do you prefer how it looks in ON1 or are you happier with the results in Photoshop?

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  1. Sue Shepherd December 20, 2018 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Hi Can you do similar work if you have one photo but make separate photos from that photo highlighting different aspects like highlighted area shade area
    enjoyed your video I reason I ask this question is I have some photos for an old building that has been knocked down now but can see your approach could make for some interesting results cheers
    Sue Shepherd NZ

  2. Steve Forbes December 20, 2018 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Hey Brian, Can you provide a summary of how to do it in ON1 Photo Raw 2019 or advise the time in the video where you discuss it? 1 hour is a bit too long for me. Cheers Steve

  3. Kim December 20, 2018 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Hi Brian

    Another good video. I wonder if you might be underestimating just how good these Sony sensors are now. I almost never bother with bracketing for HDR any more, because the sensor has recorded so much highlight and shadow detail in the raw file in the first place. It just can’t display it on a screen without some sort of tonal compression. Adjusting Whites, Black, Highlights, Shadows and Midtones (in ON1) will usually bring in plenty of detail. Sometimes I find myself having to dial back to avoid a result that looks too surreal. I wonder if you took just your middle image in each of the shots from the video if you could achieve an identical looking final result.

    Cheers Kim

    • Steve Forbes December 20, 2018 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      Hi Kim, generally I would agree with you regarding Sony sensors but on some occasions an HDR is the only way to capture the full range in a scene and retain clear highlight and shadow detail (i.e not noisy, muddy or blown out). Cheers

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