Verdict: 7/10 Viveza is a great tool for making fast and effective adjustments to colour images, but it now feels a bit redundant. The Nik Collection’s other creative plug-ins come with equally powerful control point corrections of their own, as does DxO PhotoLab Essential, the Nik Collection’s new ‘host’ program. What is it? Viveza is a bit of an odd plug-in in that … [Read more...] about Viveza review
DxO is a French company based in Paris that specialises in high-end optical corrections and RAW processing. Its flagship product is DxO PhotoLab, but it has recently acquired the Nik Collection from Google, which it has updated and now sells as a commercial product. DxO also publishes ViewPoint, a perspective correction program that can be used on its own but also integrates with DxO PhotoLab, and DxO FilmPack, which simulates analog film and darkroom effects but also integrates with PhotoLab.
Verdict: 7/10 HDR Efex Pro 2 manages to make HDR relatively easy, and it produces 'good' HDR which is dynamic, rich and exciting rather than overprocessed and cheesy. It still wraps it up in a bit too much jargon (some of it specific to this particular software), but it does produce a good variety of ready-made HDR presets so that you don’t have to get caught up in the … [Read more...] about HDR Efex Pro review
Verdict: 9/10 Colour Efex Pro initially looks a little dated, with some good filters but a whole lot more filters you think you might never find a use for. Dig deeper, though, and you’ll find its best filters are very useful indeed and the ability to combine filters into Recipes dramatically expands its potential. AND you get control point adjustments too. Color Efex Pro is … [Read more...] about Color Efex Pro review
Verdict: 8/10 PhotoLab 2.3 is a terrific standalone photo browser, RAW processor and photo-editing tool, producing superb picture quality and with rather good local adjustment tools. But which version should you get? PhotoLab Essential is cheapest, the DxO Nik Collection (which includes it) is best value, and it makes PhotoLab Elite (which doesn't have the Nik plug-ins) look … [Read more...] about DxO PhotoLab 2.3 review
Verdict: 10/10 For fans of black and white photography, Silver Efex Pro is just superb. It recreates the depth, intensity and ’soul’ of black and white in a way few other tools approach, and its controls are geared firmly towards creative photographic processes and visualisation rather than pixels and technicalities. What is Silver Efex Pro? Silver Efex Pro is a … [Read more...] about Silver Efex Pro 2 review
Verdict: 10/10 Analog Efex Pro2 goes way beyond most analog photography filters, offering not just film styles, grain effects and borders, but creative vignetting, bokeh, lens blur, lens distortion, double-exposures, motion blur and more to simulate a huge variety of ‘old camera’ looks. There are other good vintage/analog tools out there, but none that go as far as Analog … [Read more...] about Analog Efex Pro 2 review
Verdict: 9/10 The Nik Collection is a brilliant set of creative photo-editing plug-ins that’s as good now as it ever was, but apart from 42 new “En Vogue” presets, the plug-ins themselves are unchanged from the previous version. The big difference is that that DxO PhotoLab 2.3 is now included as standard – whether you want it or not. The Nik Collection 2 is too good not to … [Read more...] about DxO Nik Collection 2 review
DxO has released Nik Collection 2, but without any major overhauls to the seven Nik plug-ins themselves and with an addition you might not actually want. Hmm. Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro and Viveza remain unchanged, as do Sharpener Pro and Dfine. DxO has been concentrating on bringing them back up to data and compatible with the latest … [Read more...] about DxO Nik Collection 2: Did DxO just make it worse or better?
DxO PhotoLab can create superb black and white imagery, both in terms of image quality and in creative control, but you need to get the DxO FilmPack 5 Elite add-on to do it. • DxO PhotoLab 2.1 review This does make things more expensive, and it does feel a bit like you’re paying for some things that other programs offer as standard. DxO FilmPack 5 Elite currently costs … [Read more...] about How to get great black and white in DxO PhotoLab… but you’ll need FilmPack 5
DxO has announced updates to both PhotoLab and its recently-acquired Nik Collection software. These products are likely to prove key to the company’s future as it restructures its financial activities around its software portfolio. Nik Collection review DxO PhotoLab review Nik Collection 2018 DxO acquired the Nik Collection from Google late last year and its … [Read more...] about DxO brings PhotoLab 1.2 update and launches Nik Collection 2018