Does teamwork make the dream work with this integration of the Nik Collection?
Two photo-editing options are put under the spotlight
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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