ON1 has announced the upcoming version of its photo editing program ON1 Photo RAW 2019. Due out November 2018, ON1 claims version 2019 'is one of the biggest and best releases in our history [and] will include tons of improvements to the photo editing workflow and new features.'

Specifically, ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will have an updated UI, a new non-destructive workflow for layers, auto-alignment of layers, focus stacking, a new portrait module, a new AI-powered masking tool, a new text tool, new digital asset management updates and — arguably most significant — a Lightroom photo settings migration plug-in.

Starting with the user interface, ON1 says version 2019 will have a 'fresh and modern feel.' Specifically, ON1 says the overall UI will have improved contrast and updated icons, tabs and sliders that take up less screen real estate.

Before diving into the other features, we're going to hit on the new Lightroom Photo Settings Migration feature. Detailed in the above video, you can now easily export your Lightroom catalogs directly into ON1 Photo RAW 2019 and bring along all metadata and non-destructive edits with the images. While the edits won't be exact, ON1 notes its AI-powered algorithms will do their best to get more most accurate edits possible using what ON1 Photo RAW 2019 has to offer.

The workflow for layers is no longer a separate module. In ON1 Photo RAW 2019, the non-destructive layers workflow will be present inside of the Develop and Effects module. 'This will allow for creating or editing multi­layered files, including raw files, and keep the non­destructive settings for each photo layer,' says ON1 in its press release.

Focus Stacking is also new. As the name suggests, it automatically blends a collection of images together at varying focusing distances and lets you adjust it in real-time to get just the right amount of depth of field. The Auto-Align Layers feature combines multiple images as layers for easier masking and blending when editing.

A new Portrait Module can automatically detect faces in images and features a custom toolset for precise retouching. ON1 specifically mentioned the ability to 'smooth skin, brighten and sharpen eyes and whiten teeth.'

The AI Masking Tool isn't due out until a December update to ON1 Photo RAW 2019, but ON1 says it 'will allow [you] to easily identify areas of your photo to create a selection or mask and the AI technology detects your subject matter and automatically creates a beautiful mask.'

Other additions include a new Text Tool, a Layered HDR Workflow and additional Filter Options in the Effects module. Support for new cameras and lenses have also been added.

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 is set for a November 2018 release and is currently available for pre-order on ON1's website for $100 for a limited time. If you own any previous versions of ON1 software, pre-orders are only $80 for a limited time.