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Posted on November 21, 2014 by Matt K - Leave a comment

Hey everyone. Just wanted to let you know that comments are live on the blog now. I’ve had quite a few people ask about opening up the conversation and enabling comments, and we couldn’t agree more.

They’re officially enabled now so comment away. A couple of things to consider first though:

1) No mean people. I understand you may have had a bad day and your favorite football team may have lost recently, but no mean stuff. It’s fine to disagree – just be nice about it.

2) If you do post mean stuff, guess what? You get deleted. And just so you know this doesn’t in any way violate your first amendment rights. Good try though ;)

Here’s a few example comments to use as guidelines:

Comments like: “Hey that’s awesome. You guys rock! I love you!” – will always get published.

Comments like: “You suck. I hate you.” – will always get deleted.

Comments like: “I disagree with this post because I feel….” – will always get published.

Comments like: “I disagree with this post, and you guys suck and I hate you” – will always get deleted.

Comments like: “Hey other random commenter dude – you’re absolutely right. I agree” – will always get published.

Comments like” “Hey other random commenter dude – I disagree with you because…” – will always get published.

Comments like” “Hey other random commenter dude – you suck, I hate you.” – will always get deleted.

I think you get the idea. Be nice! It’s okay to start a discussion or even disagree. Just be nice – kinda like you’d be to your next door neighbor. And if you say “You suck, I hate you” to your next door neighbor, well, then you need to get new neighbors :)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Nicole’s eBook Update – Sneak Peek Included

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Patrick Smith - 2 Comments

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We know customers are eager to get this in their hands and we wanted to provide a quick update on Nicole’s upcoming eBook, Step by Step with onOne Software. We are happy to let you know it should be ready the first week of December! Nicole also let us know things are moving along nicely so there’s a chance it could be ready even sooner.

Once the eBook is available, we will email everyone who pre-ordered Perfect Photo Suite 9 with instructions to download the eBook.

Here are some previews of a few chapters from the eBook:

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You Asked For It… Calendar Templates in the Photo Suite

Posted on by Matt K - 1 Comment

The other day here on the blog, I shared some Lightroom Calendar Presets and templates that a friend of mine, Ed Weaver had created for 2015. The response was huge and I’m really glad you liked ‘em. But I did see a few questions from some people on social media asking if there was any way to do the same thing in the Perfect Photo Suite since they weren’t using Lightroom.

As I thought about it, I realized that you could definitely still do something similar with Layers in the suite. I have a video for you below showing exactly how, but here’s a screen capture of what it looks like, and you’ll notice the result is pretty much exactly like we’d get in Lightroom. It may take an extra few minutes to get there, but you can still get a similar result.

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Anyway, here’s the video. It’s a short 5 minutes so it’s easy to watch. And don’t forget to check out the original post to download all of the files and images I’m referring to in the video.

Lightroom Calendar Presets for 2015

Posted on November 18, 2014 by Matt K - 3 Comments

Hey everyone. A few years ago a photographer and Lightroom user, named Ed Weaver, contacted me with some calendar graphics that he made. He created them so that he could make some great looking Calendar prints right in Lightroom. Once I saw his sample image I immediately said to myself, “I wish I thought of that! I wonder if he’ll notice if I steal ‘em and call ‘em my own?” :) Totally kidding on the second part. I do wish I thought of it but I didn’t. Luckily Ed has been kind enough over the years to continue developing them, and to let me share the presets.

This year, Ed took it up a notch. He created calendar templates that start on both Sunday and Monday. Here in the US, most of our Calendars start on Sunday. But in many other places around the globe they start on Monday. So Ed was kind enough to include both. He also included large and small numbered calendars. If you choose the Small one, you could always drop a photo of a person who’s birthday is on a certain day, and still see the date too.

Before we go any further, here’s a couple of examples. You can create 1-month prints that show an image and only 1 month of the year. Or you can make 12-month images that use the entire year on one page. (click to see it larger):

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Okay, here’s what to do to get them:

1. Here’s the link to Ed’s website. There’s a Calendar Presets link at the top but more importantly, you should check out Ed’s photos. He’s got some beautiful stuff.

2. Download the 2014 Calendar Templates – Go to this page. There is a Zip file at the bottom of the page. This is the zip file with a folder called Printing Templates. Install them in the Print Module NOT THE DEVELOP MODULE. Again, read the User Manual that Ed included if you need help with it.

3. Calendar JPGS – These are the actual graphics for the calendars. Just import them like you would any other JPEG, PSD or photo into Lightroom. As Ed recommends, it’s helpful to put them in to a Collection so they’re easy to get at in the Print module.

Again, installing these presets is a little bit different than normal so make sure you check out Ed’s User Manual included in the zip file.

If you like these, I’d sure appreciate it if you share this post on your Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts, and anywhere else. Also, please stop by Ed’s site, pay him a visit and say thanks. I said it every year – Ed rocks! He’s done a great job with these and he keeps donating them every year.

So let’s give a big round of applause to Ed Weaver. Thanks Ed! I appreciate it and I know everyone here does as well. As always, let us know what you think. Enjoy!

Welcome From Matt Kloskowski

Posted on November 16, 2014 by Matt K - Leave a comment

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Hey everyone! I wanted to take a quick moment to introduce myself here to the onOne community. My name is Matt Kloskowski and I’ve just joined the onOne team as Vice President of Photography. You’ll be seeing a lot of me around here, and we’ve got a lot of great things in store for the website here, so I figured I’d take a moment to tell you a little about it.

First, A Little Bit About Me

You should first know, I love talking about me ;-) The photo above is me shivering my butt off on top of a mountain, at some crazy early hour photographing sunrise (photo by awesome Hudson Henry). Anyway, I got started in this industry about 15 years ago. About 10 years ago, I joined KelbyOne.com as a full-time content developer and helped direct their training. Over the years, I’ve created more videos and DVDs than I count, written about 20 books, and taught Lightroom and Photoshop around the world. As for photography, my favorite things to shoot are landscape and outdoors (Here’s my blog and portfolio). I do shoot a lot of portraits though too. But if you let me shoot anything I wanted, I’d probably be out in the wilderness somewhere, set up with my tripod at the ungodly early hours that landscape photographers choose to go out and shoot.

My main job, though, is teaching. I love it. There’s just nothing like seeing a concept “click” when I’m teaching some one. When I see people get out there and start making their own photos, and have the skills they need to post-process them, I can tell you it’s even more rewarding then capturing photos myself. If you made me choose between the two today, I’d put down my camera and teach – hands down. But thankfully, I think being good at one makes me better at the other, and I get to do both.

Oh and a lot of people have asked where I live. While onOne is based out of Portland, OR I actually live and work out of Tampa, FL. I do visit the onOne office often though, and since they’re located in one of the best states in the US to photograph, it’s a trip I love taking.

Why I’m Here?

I’ve been using onOne apps as a key part of my workflow for years. Just about every photo I edit gets finished off in Perfect Effects. Well, a while back, the team at onOne started sharing their plans for the photography space in general. As we spoke more, I started to realize this was the next place for me and my career. I was already a big fan of the apps, and hearing where they wanted to go with photography made this the perfect next step for me. They’re an incredibly talented and hardworking team, and I’m really psyched to be onboard.

Tell Me More About onOne’s Plans in Photography

You probably haven’t noticed, but onOne changed their name from onOne Software to onOne Inc. While apps on the desktop remain a huge part of what we do here, there’s obviously lots of other places we can help people. That’ll start with training on how to take better photos. Everything from gear to camera technique. Of course you’ll need to edit those photos and we’ll help with that too because we’ve got some great apps that’ll get the job done. And finally you’ll need to share them. We want to help with it all, from start to finish.

Another thing you’ll see a lot of is “Your Photos. Your Look”. At the end of the day, I think people want their photos to look a certain way. Whether you’re a pro or you just get out there and shoot once a month, we all have a style. And we all want help to create that style. And that’s where I think we come in. With presets, tutorials, and effects for the onOne apps, Lightroom and Photoshop to help you get that style.

What About Mobile?

There’s another huge opportunity in mobile for onOne. The onOne team has built up a massive and loyal community over the years on the Desktop/Laptop. All of those people use their phones and mobile devices for photography. But they use them in a different way then, say, their DSLR cameras. But there’s so much that we can do with such a good in desktop apps to help them feel right at home with what happens with their mobile photos too.

Does That Mean You’re Just Going to Train using onOne Apps?

Nope. If you’ve followed anything I did before, you’ll know that I’m a Lightroom guy. And if you’ve followed onOne’s apps you’ll know they all plug in to Lightroom and Photoshop really well. I used to be a Photoshop guy, but over the years I’ve transitioned to Lightroom (for most of my photography that is). Photoshop obviously still has it’s place for me and many people. Lightroom definitely has it’s place. And apps and plug-ins have their place – especially when they plug-in to Lightroom. What we hope to do is help bridge the gap for you, and help you use the right tools for your photos.

What Next?

As all this stuff starts to unfold, the best thing to do is just follow us. Obviously, bookmark the blog site and check back here often. I promise I’ll make it worth it to you with presets, freebies, photo contests and news that you’ll want to keep up on. Also:

  1. We’ve already got a ton of great video content up on the training page.
  2. We’ll be posting everything that’s going on over on our Facebook page.
  3. And Twitter is an awesome way for us to help get the message out as well as share cool things we find along the way.

Thanks for stopping by. See you soon.

- Matt K