DxO OpticsPro 11 Elite highlights
DxO’s PRIME noise reduction technology reduces visual noise while preserving other detail. It can be found in the right-hand column under the Detail tab and then Noise Reduction. Once it’s selected, you can use either the HQ (Fast) or Prime settings; whichever you choose, zoom in to 100% to view the effect.
DxO Clear View
Haze can be a problem when you’re shooting landscapes, as it reduces contrast and detail; smog can have the same effect in a city shot. ClearView is designed to cut through these atmospheric conditions, automatically boosting your scenics by extracting underlying detail.
DxO SMART LIGHTING
This is a quick way to reveal details in shadows and highlights. Both Uniform and Spot Weighted options enable you to alter the intensity of the effect, but Spot Weighted uses face-recognition to improve contrast across the whole image while optimising the illumination on people.
Located under the Detail tab, Red-Eye enables you to quickly eradicate any unwanted red-eye automatically. The feature uses automatic face-detection to work its magic, or you can remove the red-eye manually if you prefer.
Most manual adjustments made within OpticsPro use the sliders under each setting header. The sliders have been refined from the previous version of the software, and are far more responsive when you’re applying effects.
Rat ing and filt ering
Reviewing and rating your images is good practice, and enables you to quickly filter the number of shots that you have available to work on. The Image Preview bar, which is located at the base of the interface, enables you to quickly rate, reject and filter your images.
Adjusting Microcontrast is a great way to boost fine image detail. To do this, activate Contrast in the Essential Tools panel. Click the Magic Wand to apply Microcontrast automatically, then fine-tune the result with the slider.
Full-Scr een displa y Mode
Working big is the best way to see the full extent of your adjustments. OpticsPro 11 has several quick-access viewing modes that can be selected at the top of the screen. Full screen clears the tool palettes, and you can press C on the keyboard for side-by-side before and after versions, allowing you to see the improvements.
IMPROVED SELECTIVE TONAL ADJUSTMENTS
While Curves is a powerful way to make tonal adjustments to your pictures, it’s notoriously unintuitive to use. OpticsPro 11’s Selective tone tool enables a similar level of control, but through the use of sliders. These enable you to quickly brighten shadows and pull back highlights, as well as boost blacks and midtones.