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HDR Projects 4

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£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

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