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Photomatix Pro manufacturer description
If you have ever photographed a high contrast scene, you know that even the best exposure will typically have blown out highlights and flat shadows. The solution is High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography processing: › Take multiple photographs at varying exposure levels › Merge the photos into an HDR image that reveals highlight and shadow details › Adjust the settings to get the look you want: from natural-looking with Exposure Fusion to painterly or surreal with Tone Mapping Merge of bracketed photos into HDR (High Dynamic Range) › Option for automatic image alignment of hand-held shots. Two alignment methods are available, the "by matching features" method corrects for translation, rotation, scaling and perspective distortion. › Selective deghosting tool for effective removal of "ghosts" in dynamic scenes: users can select ghosted regions with a lasso tool, and change the preferred image taken for each selected region. An option for automatic ghost removal is also available.. › Option for automatic reduction of chromatic aberrations. › Option for automatic reduction of noise. › Reading of exposure information from Exif data. › Source images can be either 8 bits/channel or 16 bits/channel images, or RAW/DNG files. In the case of RAW files, White Balance and output color space can be adjusted. HDR image adjustments with Tone Mapping and Exposure Fusion › Two methods for Tone Mapping: Details Enhancer, based on a local operator, and Tone Compressor, based on a global operator. › Four methods for Exposure Fusion: Highlights & Shadows - 2 images, Highlights & Shadows - Auto, Highlights & Shadows - Adjust, and Highlights & Shadows - Intensive › Tone Mapping methods may be applied to single image. › Dialog with preview for adjusting the following settings:
Details Enhancer: Strength, Color Saturation, Smoothing, Luminosity, Gamma, Black and White Point, Color Temperature, Saturation Highlights, Saturation Shadows, Microcontrast, Micro-smoothing, Highlights Smoothness, Shadows Smoothness and Shadows Clipping.
Tone Compressor: Brightness, Tonal Range Compression, Contrast Adaptation, Black and White Point, Color Temperature and Color Saturation.
Fusion/Adjust: Accentuation, Blending Point, Shadows, Sharpness, Saturation, Black and White Point, Midtones Adjustments.
Fusion/Intensive: Strength, Radius, Saturation. › Settings can be saved as Presets for quick access, or saved to and loaded from XMP files › Preset thumbnails panel: built-in and user presets for tone mapping and fusion show as thumbnails in a panel alongside the preview. Panel can be set in horizontal or vertical orientation. › Ability to select a region on the Tone Mapping/Fusion preview and replace it with a source photo. Three lasso tools are offered for the selection and "Attach to Edges" button automatically adjusts the selection to follow the nearest edges. › Loupe to get a crop at 100% resolution. › Option for different preview ratios and magnification › Undo and redo buttons for the settings done. › Luminance and per color channel histogram. › Output image is in 16 bits/channel mode, with the option to save it as 8 bits/channel jpeg or tiff, if desired › "360 degree image" option for equirectangular image set to be viewed in a 360 degree panorama viewer. › Tone Mapping can be undone. 32-bit HDR image support - HDR Viewer shows local 32-bit HDR image data at the appropriate exposure - Display of HDR Histogram (logarithmic) - Read and Write support for Radiance RGBE (.hdr), OpenEXR (.exr) and Floating Point TIFF. Read support for 32-bit PSD and PSB. - Ability to batch tone map single HDR files in Radiance or OpenEXR file formats. - Function to tone map large Radiance files while benefiting from a preview. Automatic Batch Processing - Automatically loads and processes images of the specified input location, and saves resulting images to the specified output location - Works for HDR generation, Tone Mapping and exposure fusion - Advanced selection options: automatic detection of bracketed photos and ability to process a sub-set of each bracketed set. - Strip processing option to generate an HDR image from large TIFF files without exceeding available RAM. - Ability to set the Exposure Value spacing for HDR image generation - Processes all sets of bracketed images stored under a given folder (number of bracketed images in each set specified by user before running the batch) - Ability to process all sub-folders of a given folder, combining all image files stored under each sub-folder - Options for naming the the resulting image files. General - Support of the following image file formats: JPEG (read & write), TIFF 24-bit, 48-bit and Floating Point (read & write), Radiance RGBE (read & write), OpenEXR (read & write), PNG (Mac version: read & write), PSD (read only) RAW files (read only) - Ability to tag saved image with keyword - Viewing of tone mapping or fusion settings embedded in processed image. - Option to customise default filename. - Basic image operation tools › Cropping (also works with HDR images) › Resizing (also works with HDR images) › Rotating (also works with HDR images) › Sharpening › Brightness & Contrast › Remapping of mirror ball (also works with HDR images) - Multi-threading support for tone mapping: complete multi-threading for Tone Compressor method and partial for Details Enhancer method. The maximum number of cores used can be adjusted in Preferences. - Color managed HDR workflow: passing trough of ICC color profile from the source to the processed image, and color managed display. - Includes Lightroom Export Plugin to Photomatix Pro 4.2 › HDR processing settings are selected directly in the Lightroom plug-in › Option to automatically save the resulting tone mapped or fused image and re-import it into the Lightroom library