HDR Projects 4
£78, $99 www.projects-software.com
HDR Projects is one of the most comprehensive HDR packages available. Its range of customisation options can be baffling, especially if you delve into Expert mode and reveal advanced options like HDR processing algorithms, and the extensive selection of postprocessing filters. The latter include multiple denoising filters, but these tend to be crude and over-smooth, yet without noise processing our test images were far noisier than necessary.
HDR Projects doesn’t have to be daunting to use though, with 134 preset styles in the Professional version that give instant results, while basic adjustments are easy to apply. If you don’t want to alter the entire image, effects can be targeted to set image areas courtesy of effective masking and selective painting tools, plus there’s extensive RAW file support and a fully-featured batch processor.
Pros Packed with advanced features and functionality, yet still easy to use. Cons Default results can be noisy; 2.5-megapixel maximum preview resolution. We say Highly capable, but other packages give better results more easily. Overall score
If you know what you’re doing, you’ll love the customisation options in HDR Projects 4 – but they can be daunting for less experienced users