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DxO Op­tic­sPro 11 Elite high­lights

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DxO Prime

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.

Red-eye RE­MOVAL

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.

RE­SPON­SIVE SLID­ERS

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.

AUTO MICROCONTRAST

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.

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