Scott Davenport Photography
Photography – Education – Fun

ON1 Photo RAW 2018

Learn ON1 Photo RAW 2018. Get up and running fast with free video tutorials on ON1 Photo. 

ON1 Learning Center

ON1 Photo RAW is a blazingly fast RAW photo editor that enables you to create amazing photos. It is a major component of my photography workflow. Here's just a few of the features it has:

  • Incredibly fast, non-destructive RAW processing
  • Lightning speed photo browser
  • Over 20 effects filters, each with fine grained control 
  • Asset management including star ratings, keywords and color labels
  • Top notch masking and retouching tools
  • Layers for blending and compositing
  • Built in textures and backgrounds for composite work
  • Industry leading photo resizing for prints, tiled prints & gallery wraps

You will be thrilled with ON1 Photo RAW. I want to help you get started. On this page is a series of FREE tutorials to get you moving quickly. You'll quickly be creating fantastic photos of your own.


1. Browse

The photo browser built into ON1 Photo RAW is fast and intuitive. In this video, I'll give you the guided tour the Browse module.

2. Develop & Effects

I spend most of my time in the Develop & Effects modules crafting the looks for my photos. In this video, I explain how these modules are organized, the difference between filters and local adjustments, and the key differences between Develop and Effects.

3. Beginner Workflow

The presets in ON1 Photo RAW transform your photo with a single click. There are dozens to choose from. In this video, I'll show you how to apply a preset to your images. I’ll also show you how to fine tune a preset to shape it to your exact taste.

4. Intermediate Workflow

Presets are great to jumpstart your processing. There are times, however, when you want more control. I’ll show you how to craft your own signature look from the ground up in Develop & Effects. I’ll also show you the retouch tools in Photo RAW and introduce the gradient masking tools.

5. Advanced Workflow

The features in ON1 Photo RAW run deep. Basic masks are just the beginning. In this video, I introduce you to the Perfect Brush, ON1’s edge detection masking tool. You’ll also see how masks can be copied and pasted between filters, saving you editing time. You’ll see how complex masks based on color tones or luminance values are easily created.

6. Export

Once your photo is complete, you'll want to share it with the world. In this video, I show you how to export your photo to share with friends & family or on social media. I also explain how to create an export preset to make future exports fast and easy.


ARCHIVE: ON1 Techniques, Tips and Tricks

The table below is in "archive mode". I am no longer maintaining this table or adding entries. I have a finite amount of time for photography, and am choosing to spend more of that behind the camera and making new content for my YouTube channel and this website. I hope you understand.

These videos may use older versions of ON1 Photo (going back to Perfect Photo Suite 8 in some cases!), although quite often a technique or tool readily applies to the latest version of ON1 Photo RAW. Most links below jump to one of my YouTube videos, right to the spot in the video where I demonstrate the tip. Your time is valuable, I don't want to waste it. The newest entries are at the top of the table.

Date Added Module Technique/Filter Description
2017-06-27 Develop & Effects Local Adjustments The Flexibility Of Local Adjustments (ON1 Short Clip)
2017-05-05 Layers & Effects Blur Create A Dramatic Sky Effect (ON1 Short Clip)
2017-05-04 Develop & Effects Workflow Looking Back To See Forward (ON1 Inspiration)
2017-05-03 Develop & Effects Color Creating A Blue Hour Effect (ON1 Short Clip)
2017-04-20 Develop & Effects Black & White Creating Powerful Black & White Photos (ON1 Short Clip)
2017-03-04 Develop & Effects Workflow Enhancing A Cityscape (ON1 Short Clip)
2017-02-23 Develop & Effects Masking Bug The ON1 Masking Bug Explained
2017-02-17 Develop & Effects Perfect Brush The ON1 Perfect Brush Explained
2017-02-03 Develop & Effects Workflow A Crooked Path (ON1 Inspiration)
2017-01-19 Develop Basic Adjustments Give A Dull, Flat Photo Some Pop (ON1 Short Clip)
2016-12-22 Develop & Effects Workflow Landscape Workflow in Photo RAW (ON1 Live)
2016-12-12 Develop & Effects Workflow My Ever Present Past (ON1 Inspiration)
2016-12-05 Develop Presets Incredibly Powerful Presets in Photo RAW (ON1 Short Clip)
2016-10-27 Effects Split Tone The Humble Split Tone Filter (ON1 Short Clip)
2016-10-20 Layers Stamp vs. Merge Stamped vs. Merged Layers
2016-10-19 Layers Masking Sky Replacement
2016-10-14 Effects Mid-Stack Editing Adjust Anything, Anywhere at Anytime (ON1 Short Clip)
2016-10-03 Effects Noise Reduction Ultimate Noise Reduction Control (ON1 Short Clip)
2016-09-22 Effects Photo Filter Make Your Subject Pop (ON1 Short Clip)
2016-09-15 Effects Black & White Dramatic Black & White Conversion (ON1 Short Clip)
2016-08-25 Effects Adjustable Gradient Using an Adjustable Gradient as a Vignette
2016-08-18 Layers Masking Blending Elements of the Same Scene Together
2016-07-28 Layers Aligning Manually Aligning Layers Using the Difference Blending Mode
2016-06-19 Layers Masking Rotating the Gradient Masking Bug With Precision
2016-06-19 Effects Masking Rotating the Gradient Masking Bug With Precision
2016-06-16 Effects Bleach Bypass Warming Effect With Bleach Bypass
2016-06-15 Effects Blur The Dramatic Sky Effect (ON1 Short Clip)
2016-06-03 Effects Tone Enhancer Enhancing Sunrise & Sunset Photos (ON1 Short Clip)
2016-04-28 Effects Filter Stack Mask Thumbnails in the Filter Stack
2016-04-21 Effects Split Tone Split Toning in Action
2016-04-15 Effects Blending Options Color & Blending Modes
2016-04-07 Effects Photo Filter Adding Warmth with a Photo Filter
2016-03-31 Effects Sunshine Filter Adding Warmth with the Sunshine Filter
2016-03-28 Layers Masking Preserving Masks with the Transform Tool
2016-03-25 Effects Color Enhancer Ultimate Color Control (ON1 Short Clip)
2016-03-04 Effects Vignette Vignette Like A Boss (ON1 Short Clip)
2016-02-18 Effects Photo Filter Adding Mood With a Photo Filter
2016-02-07 Effects Glow Selectively Applying Glow
2016-02-07 Effects Black & White Adjusting Contrast and Detail in Black & White
2016-02-07 Layers Masking Blending Exposures in Layers
2016-01-28 Effects Black & White Using Black & White to Make Color Pop
2016-01-21 Effects Adjustment Brush Localized Style with the Adjustment Brush
2016-01-21 Effects Masking Combining the Masking Bug and Masking Brush to Target and Effect
2016-01-17 Effects Lens Flare Using a Lens Flare With Blown Out Skies
2016-01-17 Browse Workflow Culling Photos With Browse (exclusive content, sign up for access)
2016-01-07 Effects Blur Softening Water with a Blur Filter
2015-11-17 Layers Color Fill Layers Color Fills As Borders
2015-11-15 Layers Masking Copy Luminosity as a Mask
2015-11-03 Effects Vignette Double Vignette
2015-10-29 Effects Adjustment Brush Adjustment Brush w/ Detail Preset
2015-09-15 Effects Color Enhancer ON1 Color Enhancer Deep Dive
2015-09-15 Effects Color Enhancer Make a Rich, Blue Hour Sky
2015-09-15 Effects Tone Enhancer ON1 Tone Enhancer Mini-Series (5 video series)
2015-09-15 Effects Tone Enhancer Opening Up Shadows
2015-09-15 Effects Tone Enhancer Create a Twilight Effect
2015-09-15 Effects Vignette Precision Vignetting
2015-09-15 Effects Vignette Repositioning a Vignette Center
2015-10-08 Effects Color Enhancer Desaturating to Downplay Color
2015-10-16 Effects Filter Opacity Adjusting Opacity on an Effects Filter
2015-09-15 Layers Color Fill Layers Enhancing Skies with Color Fill Layers
2015-09-15 Layers - Naming Layers
2015-09-15 Layers Layer Alignment Aligning Layers with Layer Opacity
2015-09-15 Layers Blending Lighten Blending Mode and Blurred Traffic
2015-09-15 Layers Blending Lighten Blending Mode and Cityscapes
2015-10-08 Effects Masking Using a Luminosity Mask with An Effects Filter
2015-09-15 Layers Masking Using the Loupe and Line Mask Together
2015-09-15 Layers Masking Masking Scenes With Reflections
2015-09-15 Layers Masking Choosing the Right Layer To Mask
2015-09-15 Layers Masking Replacing A Boring Sky
2015-09-15 Layers Masking Creating a Composite Photo
2015-09-15 Effects Masking Using the Quick Mask & Masking Brush Together
2015-09-15 Layers Masking The Line Mask Tool
2015-09-15 Effects Masking Center & Edges Masking Bug Shapes
2015-10-01 Effects Masking Perfect Brush Masking Tip
2015-10-01 Effects Masking Refine Tool
2015-09-15 Layers Retouching Touch-Ups w/ the Perfect Eraser and Clone Stamp
2015-09-15 Layers Retouching Removing a Distractions w/ the Perfect Eraser
2015-09-15 Layers Textures Blending Textures With Your Photo
2015-09-15 Browse Textures Copying Textures from ON1 to Photoshop
2015-09-15 Black & White Tone Curve Tuning Contrast w/ the Tone Curve
2015-09-15 Black & White Blending Blending B&W w/ a Color Photo
2015-09-15 Black & White Brushing Brushing in Detail
2015-09-15 Black & White Split Tone Split Toning a B&W Image
2015-09-21 Effects Presets Tweaking Effects Presets to Your Style
2015-09-15 Effects Presets Using vs. Inserting an Effects Preset
2015-09-15 Enhance Presets Deconstruction an Enhance Preset