Using DxO Smart Lighting
DxO says its Smart Lighting technology is improved too, claiming improved highlight and shadow recovery with fewer colour errors.
It’s certainly among the best for highlight recovery – although there are limits to what any raw converter can do with overexposed areas, so the advances here are subtle rather than obvious.
It can also recover an extraordinary level of shadow detail without badly affecting midtones and highlights.
This kind of heavy tonal compression can leave some shots looking a little flat, but the results are impressive in most instances.
DxO Optics Pro 9’s visual presets
The other main changes relate to the interface and the workflow. DxO Optics Pro 9 can now display preset previews, allowing you to see the effect a preset will have on your image before you apply it.
The interface is both simpler and more efficient, and DxO has reorganised the tools palettes in the right sidebar.
If you’re familiar with previous versions, you’ll notice there’s no longer an Export tab.
Instead, you export images via a button in the bottom-right corner.
This does feel more intuitive, but if you are used to the older versions, you might feel as if it’s change for change’s sake.
Finally, DxO says Optics Pro 9 has been made faster, and it certainly does seem a little more responsive than previous versions.
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