Does team­work make the dream work with this in­te­gra­tion of the Nik Col­lec­tion?

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Nik soft­ware has been around for a cou­ple of decades now but it’s in the last few years that the com­pany’s name re­ally caught fire. In 2012, the Nik col­lec­tion of plug-ins was pur­chased by

Google as part of the tech gi­ant’s foray into im­age-edit­ing and in 2016, the col­lec­tion was made free to any­one who down­loaded it. Just a year later, DxO ac­quired the Nik Col­lec­tion. Al­ready a ti­tan in photo-pro­cess­ing, the Nik Col­lec­tion was in­te­grated into their soft­ware for an even more pow­er­ful, com­pre­hen­sive edit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence; the re­sult is DxO Pho­toLab, ris­ing from the ashes of DxO Op­tics Pro.

Pho­toLab looks and feels sim­i­lar to Op­tics Pro for any­one who used the old soft­ware for RAW pro­cess­ing, but it comes with state-ofthe-art im­age ad­just­ing tools too. It’s easy to nav­i­gate and can recog­nise your cam­era, so it’s easy to quickly fix up your shots as soon as you open them. The RAW pro­cess­ing tools are all good qual­ity as you’d imag­ine from DxO, and though the soft­ware is so­phis­ti­cated, it only takes a few plays around with Pho­toLab for you to be­come bet­ter ac­quainted with it.

De­spite all of th­ese re­ally im­pres­sive pro­cess­ing fea­tures though, the in­clu­sion of the Nik Col­lec­tion is ar­guably what el­e­vates this pro­gram to the next level. The Nik Col­lec­tion’s U Point tech­nol­ogy is here in all its glory, en­abling you to make pin­point ed­its to your im­ages in a click, and the Grad­u­ated Fil­ter tool is just as pre­cise, al­low­ing you to fade your edit through the im­age as op­posed to just plac­ing it on top.

Pho­toLab is a tri­umph over­all, with the kind of depth that you’d ex­pect from both DxO and Nik. The com­bi­na­tion of the two makes for a re­ally ex­cit­ing pack­age, and where DxO may have been over­looked by some be­fore, that’s less likely to be the case now. Pho­toLab is ca­pa­ble of edit­ing your im­ages from the pro­cess­ing right down to the sim­ple tweaks; DxO has found a win­ning team.

In­set be­low FILMPACK DE­SIGNER Choose from a vast ar­ray of In­sta­gram­like fil­ters among other things to help con­vert your pho­tos in a mat­ter of clicks

Main LO­CAL AD­JUST­MENTS Be more pre­cise than ever by us­ing the U Point tools and ad­just every­thing from tone to colour

In­set top ESSEN­TIAL TOOLS DxO Pho­toLab’s main tools are good enough that you won’t have to rely on other soft­ware;

the tilt-shift ef­fect is par­tic­u­larly great

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