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Seize One have just lately launched model 12 of their picture modifying software program. Seize One have made a reputation for his or her prime quality imaging software program that gives skilled customers the most effective management of their pictures. However does model 12 ship this? And, extra importantly, is it value upgrading to from model 11?

What’s new?

Seize one say “Seize One 12 delivers higher, sooner, and extra inventive management. New options consists of superior masking performance, an much more environment friendly and intuitive consumer expertise, plug-in compatibility, and rather more”

In any software program, a velocity improve is at all times welcome. In use, Seize One 12 is barely faster on my machine, which is sweet. Is it sufficient on it’s personal to make me improve? In all probability not. Nonetheless, there are many different options that make it rather more interesting. These embody an up to date interface, new masking choices, clever changes copying and rather more. Let’s take a look at every of the up to date options in additional element.

New up to date interface

The menu system in Seize One Professional 12 is extra customizable than earlier than. The brand new icons have been upgraded, which does make it look recent. I like the brand new design, however that is nothing to get enthusiastic about. There’s a redesigned keyboard shortcuts panel although, which is helpful for many who wish to create their very own. I’m not somebody who delves deep into creating my very own shortcuts, however I do recognize the brand new design. If you’re so inclined, you will have the choice to create greater than 500 customizable instructions.

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The up to date interface. Sure, it’s a little nicer, however not a large distinction. V12 is on the left.

New masking choices

New masking choices are one thing to get enthusiastic about. The Luminosity masking lets you create a masks primarily based on the Luma Vary of the file. This makes it actually easy to create a masks to deliver again solely the darkest of shadows or add readability to the lightest a part of the picture. It’s a easy system that works effectively in apply.

Linear gradient masks have additionally been remodeled to present extra exact management, which many people will actually discover helpful. The addition of Radial Gradient Masks is one other useful choice for many who wish to create customized vignettes on their pictures.

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Luminosity masks are a good time saver and doubtless my favorite new characteristic in Seize One 12

Clever changes copying

I like this replace. I exploit Seize One for about 80% of my modifying. This consists of minor pores and skin retouching and cropping, and so on. It was that after I copied the changes and pasted throughout to a batch of pictures, I then needed to go in and undo the crop and take away the retouching on every picture. Now, the copy-paste device ignores choices resembling crop and spot therapeutic by default, however if you wish to add them, it’s easy to take action. An amazing timesaver and a characteristic I like.

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A small factor, however a large timesaver. Copy/paste changes with out including the crop is big for my workflow. What about yours?


Plugins are the one characteristic that I like from Lightroom. Lastly, Seize One is permitting plug-ins to work with their system. With this being new the vary is restricted, however clearly, this can improve over time. A good time saver, I can’t wait to see the potential of this improve going ahead.

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At launch the plugins are restricted, however this can develop and change into a good time saver for a lot of customers.

Fuji Movie simulations

I don’t presently shoot Fuji (I do lust over their Medium Format Cameras) however for those who do, Seize One have now developed (alongside FujiFilm) the totally different Movie simulations obtainable of their cameras. This implies you may add the FujiFilm preset onto your pictures and use this as a place to begin in your modifying. Now if solely I can get DPS to fund the rental of a a Medium Format Fuji, I can do an in depth check for you all (editor’s be aware: I wouldn’t thoughts one myself). Please remark beneath to assist me out. In all seriousness although, that is superior for all you Fuji Homeowners.

Mac OSX Mojave help

As a Mac consumer, that is my greatest pet peeve with Seize One. With the discharge of model 12, help for model 11 has now ended. Which means if you wish to use Seize One with OsX Mojave, you want to improve to model 12. Clearly in case you pay month-to-month this isn’t an enormous downside, however in case you personal the software program outright, the improve value of £150 (US$195) feels just a little steep simply to make use of the most recent model of an OS.

While I perceive it from a enterprise perspective, it does really feel like, as a Mac consumer, you might be pressured to improve yearly. I like you could buy Seize One outright, however it does really feel like they’re slowly creeping in direction of the subscription mannequin like all people else. 

Ought to I improve?

The million greenback query. I’ve upgraded. The plugin help for JPEG mini and clever copy paste options will save me sufficient time to simply justify it. The added advantages of higher masking can be nice for the way in which I work. Nonetheless, it’s not that straightforward for lots of people. If you’re PC primarily based, it’s possible you’ll wish to skip this model except, like me, there are options that can assist your workflow. Nonetheless, in case you use a Mac, that is extra of a do you wish to improve to Mojave. If the reply is sure, then you definitely actually do must improve. There are a lot of reviews of model 11 working superb in Mojave, however as an expert, I can not danger it. Seize One have additionally ceased their low cost codes, which once more appears to be just a little harsh. You used to have the ability to simply discover a 10% voucher, however for the reason that finish of 2018, Seize One appear to have reduce them. Clearly I’m not aware about why, however I’m positive they’ve their causes. 

Ought to I transfer from Lightroom?

If you’re considering of transferring from Lightroom, I’d say give it a go. Seize One have a beneficiant 30 day trial of the software program, which is time to become familiar with it and see what it may possibly do. Give it a attempt, you don’t have anything to lose.

Do you employ Seize One? In that case, share your ideas beneath.

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