Which is best for processing RAW files, DxO PhotoLab, Lightroom or Capture One? Here’s a set of eight image comparisons that aims to find out.
DxO PhotoLab has now reached version 3 (review to follow) and is a development of DxO Optics Pro that includes, amongst many other new features, the control point local adjustments of the Nik Collection plug-ins, together with gradient, radial mask and brush masking tools. It now combines class-leading RAW image processing and lens corrections with all of the adjustment tools needed for end-to-end image enhancement and output.
Almost all the software applications reviewed and described on Life after Photoshop are available as a free trial, and here are the links. I always recommend using the trial version before making your mind up.
This step-by-step editing walkthrough shows a number of DxO PhotoLab tools in action, principally the Local Adjustment tools, including the Graduated Filter and Control Point tools.
Verdict: 4.5 stars DxO PhotoLab is the new name for the program previously known as DxO PhotoLab. Its legendary RAW processing and optical corrections are made even better now with its very good local adjustment tools.
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. This does make things more expensive, and it does feel a bit like you’re paying for some things that other programs offer […]
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 2018 DxO acquired the Nik Collection from Google late last year and its software engineers have spent the last […]
In one of the best pieces of news we’ve heard this year, DxO has announced it has acquired the Nik Collection and plans to “continue to develop the Collection for the benefit of the photographer community”. “The Nik Collection gives photographers tools to create photos they absolutely love,” says Aravind Krishnaswamy, an Engineering Director with […]