SIX OF THE BEST FEATURES IN PHOTOLAB
Smart Lighting for faces
This intelligent feature automatically corrects for under or overexposure. It can even detect faces (as long as they’re not in profile), and lighten them when underexposed or recover the detail if they’re overexposed. An intensity slider lets you control the strength of the effect.
This lets you crisp up details and enhance sharpness. It’s more refined than many similar tools in other programs, as it doesn’t result in the nasty haloes or pixel break- up you often see when midtone contrast is pushed too far. The Fine contrast control next to Microcontrast is equally adept.
Lens Sharpness tool
This is another example of how PhotoLab applies tailored corrections by drawing on analysis of specific lens and camera combinations. Lens Sharpness can detect your choice of lens and enhance the close- up detail accordingly. In essence, it lets you increase the sharpness of your lens.
Available in the Elite edition of PhotoLab, this feature lets you reduce any haziness or fog in your outdoor scenes and pulls detail out of seemingly soft areas. While the controls are simple – that is, a single slider lets you control intensity – the results can be rather exceptional.
DxO Filmpack 5
This is a separate offering from DXO but it can be bought as part of a bundle, and it integrates perfectly with PhotoLab. Filmpack 5 offers an array of presets based on precise recreations of the most famous analog film stocks. It’s a lot of fun, and the results are both nostalgic and highly realistic.
Accessed via the toolbar at the top of the interface, this handy retouching tool lets you remove any marks, blemishes and messy spots from your images. Simply paint over the area and the tool analyses the surrounding area to determine what to fix.