Using OnOne Perfect Effects To Add Snap To A Floral Photograph

Hydrangea final

I’m often asked how I to get crisp details and bright tones in florals. Of course, getting a good capture to begin with is the most important step, but we’ll cover that another time! Using Photoshop filters is a great way to enhance details, open shadows, and sweeten tones.

Below is my image with very basic levels adjustment and slight burn / dodging. I’ve applied some pre-sharpening of about 50% in Lightroom. (Note: this is a cropped view of the image above to see details better.)

Before filter

And now the same image adding a filter from onOne’s Perfect Effects.


  • Color & Tone/ Lighten Shadows
  • Plus, Movie Looks: Punch Drunk (at 50%)
  • Plus, Detail: Amazing Details (at 50%)

After filters

Texture Details

Per request, I’m adding the texture details for this image.

First Texture

I thought the colors in Secret Garden from the Tableaux Collection would go nicely with this image. I used a blend mode of multiply at 100%. I also added a levels adjustment layer to brighten the highlights and take out a little of the yellow in the texture. The adjustment was confined to the texture with a clipping mask. (see tutorials that have information on clipping masks.) The image below is after I used a layer mask to remove texture from the flower, bowl and saucer.

Secret garden texture

First Texture added

Second Texture

I liked this combination, but I wanted to break up the texture a bit to create more depth between the foreground and the background. I then placed Fresco, which is a more neutral painted texture under the Secret Garden layer. This is also set to Multiply at 100%.  I repeated the levels adjustment used with secret Garden with this texture. To reveal more of Fresco, I used a layer mask on Secret Garden and used the gradient and brush tools. (See layer panel below.)


I thought the composition needed a little something, so I then added an overlay from the Vintage French Photo Studio No.2. I changed the color with a solid color adjustment layer and a clipping mask. I added a layer mask and then used a grunge brush to mask out areas of the overlay.

Finally, I added a levels adjustment layer to brighten the highlights overall in the image. I’ve found I often need to do this after adding textures when I’ve used the multiply blend mode.

The Layer Panel

Here’s my layer panel from Adobe Photoshop CS6. Note that I have grouped my textures and overlay and applied a layer mask to the group where I did my basic masking of the flower, bowl and saucer. This may not be possible in Elements. Just do your initial edits that pertain to all textures and then option (mac) or alt (pc) drag the layer mask to each layer. (see tut) Then, proceed with additional masking on each layer.

Layer Panel

Layer Panel (Photoshop CS6)


Secret Garden and Fresco from the Tableaux Collection and an Overlay from the Vintage French Photo Studio No.2.

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6 Responses to Using OnOne Perfect Effects To Add Snap To A Floral Photograph

  1. lyne nagele September 15, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    Beautiful Leslie,

    Where did you find the movie looks (punch drunk) and amazing details? Who makes that?


    • Leslie Nicole September 18, 2012 at 9:25 am #

      Hi Lyne,

      The onOne Perfect Effects filter set has different categories. One is Movie Looks and there is a setting called Punch Drunk. I like the sweet tones and snappiness of this one. Another category is Detail and there is a setting called Amazing Detail. (It’s usually a little too strong, so I generally dial it back) Thanks for asking for clarification on that.

  2. VIAINA September 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Gorgeous, Leslie, thanks for sharing ♥

  3. Debora Suterko September 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    Yes, thank you for sharing! You certainly have your own wonderful style!

  4. Sue Brown November 18, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    Thank you very much for your generosity of time and teaching. I myself have often felt as you did, there are times when I spend so much time “learning” that I forget why. That of course is to create.

  5. Becca@Bin Hire Melbourne November 19, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    I’m not a photographer, but I sense that the photo was amazingly taken, very artistic and lively.

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