ON1 Photo Raw 2021 Questions

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ON1 Photo Raw 2021 Questions
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I downloaded a free trial of ON1 Photo Raw 2021 after watching some videos and liking the AI abilities and UI. This appeared to be the perfect program for me, as it allows advanced editing with AI masking and layers using raw files. However, there are a few basic things I cannot figure out. I'm hoping anyone who uses this software can help me out. Here are my questions:

1. How can I create adjustment layers? When I click the plus sign in the Layers module to add a layer, I have to choose an image file and cannot find an option to add an adjustment layer. Within each image layer, I can use what are best described as sublayers in the effects and local workspaces, but they apply only to the layer they are made on. That sublayer structure is awesome, but adjustment layers in the Layers module are a must for me. Surely adjustment layers must be possible. It would be absurd if you could only apply adjustments within each layer individually. So, I'm hopeful that I am just missing something and this is not a fatal flaw that will send me back to the drawing board.

2. Is it possible to make three focus stacks of a composition, from underexposed to overexposed, and then use the HDR tool on the three focus stacked images? Is it possible to preserve all of the component layers when doing this? How do I do this?

3. How do you show a mask as a translucent overlay? I can only figure out how to go between no view of the mask to full mask view, neither of which show the mask and the image at the same time. Again, this is an extremely basic feature, so I must be missing something.

Thanks for your help.

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