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ON1 Unveils Photo RAW 2018: HDR, Pano, Masking, and More


ON1 just announced a new version of its Photo RAW photo software, which is using crowdsourced ideas to become an ultimate RAW processor. This latest version has a number of new features and improvements, including HDR, panorama stitching, and more.

Here’s a 3.5-minute video introducing the new version:

“From the beginning the ON1 community has driven the development of ON1 Photo RAW based on what’s most important to them,” ON1 says. “Almost every feature and improvement made to the app in version 2018 is a direct result of community input through the ON1 Photo RAW Project.”

Here are some of the key features and changes in Photo RAW 2018, with descriptions of each one by ON1:


“Create stunning HDR photos that merge all tonality from a bracket of photos in a fraction of the time (test results have shown up to seven times faster than other HDR apps). Automatically aligns photos and removes ghosting from motion between exposures. Includes full non-destructive editing with natural results and can be turned up to 11 for a surreal look.”

Pano Stitching

“Combine multiple photos into a single panoramic or matrix photo. Automatically aligns photos, even if they are not shot on a tripod, and blends them together seamlessly. An option to embed panoramic metadata for Facebook panning is also available.”

Global Mask Editing Tools

“These include new mask Density and Feather sliders to allow for changing the density or opacity of masks as well as blur masks for softening.”

Luminosity Mask Updates

“Adjust the levels of a mask to increase the contrast or brightness as well as set a tonal window to only affect a certain zone. These updates allow users to target just the area they want, based on the photo.”

Color Range Masks

“Create a mask from a color range selection.”

Blur and Chisel Mask Tools

“In ON1 Effects, the Blur and Chisel mask tools are now included. The blur tool is perfect for softening or feathering a mask selectively. The Chisel tool lets the user push or pull the edge selectively, to remove halos. All of these new masking options are re-editable and non-destructive.”


“Versions are virtual copies of the same photo. Each version created can include non-destructive settings, including crop, retouching and adjustments. Versions work just like any other photo without taking up more space on your computer. ”

Updated UI

“Clean and modern UI where your photo is the center of attention. Custom name filters and layers to easier keep track of work. Also select your own UI accent color.”

Paint with Color Brush

“Painting with color can be a solid color, perfect for skin smoothing and making annotation layers, or paint with just the color and leave the underlying luminosity in place to change the color of objects like eyes.”

Selectively Add or Remove Noise

“Brush away noise in areas like skies or add noise for an artistic effect.”

ON1 Photo for Mobile

“Take the best shots with you on the go with the free ON1 Photo for Mobile app. It’s a great way to share portfolios. It can also sync new photos taken on phones back to the desktop so those photos are ready for editing.”

Additional Camera & Lens Support

“Added support for the Nikon D850, Olympus EM-10 III and Panasonic DMC-G85, plus a ton of new lenses.”

ON1 Photo RAW 2018 will be available as a free public beta starting on October 6th, and the full release is scheduled for the end of the month. If you own any ON1 app or plug-in, you’ll be able to upgrade to Photo RAW 2018 for $80 (the regular upgrade price is $100). The full app can also be preordered for $120 from the ON1 website.