Dis­cover DxO Op­tic­sPro 11 Elite

Alas­tair Jen­nings takes a look at how the lat­est fea­tures of DxO Op­tic­sPro can dra­mat­i­cally im­prove your pho­tographs

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DxO Op­tic­sPro is a photo-edit­ing pack­age aimed at pho­tog­ra­phers who want to get the best from their im­ages quickly, with­out sac­ri­fic­ing the flex­i­bil­ity of pre­cise con­trol and ac­cu­rate ad­just­ment. This handy soft­ware is com­pat­i­ble with both JPEGs and RAW files and is all about get­ting the best print-ready pic­tures from your cam­era.

The lat­est ver­sion, DxO Op­tic­sPro 11 Elite, is a big step for­ward when it comes to im­age en­hance­ment, though core fea­tures re­main: as with Op­tic­sPro 9, it in­tel­li­gently tai­lors im­age ad­just­ments based not only on the con­tent of a pic­ture, but also on the cam­era that was used to take it.

Op­tic­sPro’s noise re­duc­tion is one of its stand-out fea­tures. The lat­est ver­sion of DxO’s PRIME (Prob­a­bilis­tic Raw IM­age En­hance­ment) noise re­duc­tion is per­fectly suited to tack­ling noise in RAW files. The im­pres­sive ClearView ad­just­ment, which draws out hid­den de­tail from hazy im­ages, is an­other high­light, as is the im­proved Se­lec­tive tone tool, which en­ables you to pin­point re­gions for Curves-like tonal ad­just­ments. Other no­table fea­tures in­clude Smart Light­ing Spot Weighted mode (see right) and au­to­matic red-eye re­moval, which uses face recog­ni­tion.

As with Op­tic­sPro 9, the soft­ware in­tel­li­gently tai­lors im­age ad­just­ments based on not only the con­tent of a pic­ture, but also on the cam­era that was used to take it

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