DxO PhotoLab is well regarded as one of the finest raw editors available for pro and semi-pro photographers. Although certainly not as well known as the Adobe products like Photoshop and Lightroom, it offers very powerful tools that have gotten a lot of attention.
This new version, 6.3, released today, introduces the ability to simulate papers and inks when soft proofing, expands the performance of DxO Wide Gamut, as well as giving photographers the option to edit JPEG and TIFF files within this powerful new working color space.
In addition, upgrades have smoothed the installation of DxO Optics Modules, and photographers can now view the entire image area (going beyond what photo editors typically display) when cropping.
DxO PhotoLab 6 introduced a new working color space and with it, soft proofing options that give photographers greater precision when preparing their images for display. Version 6.3 develops this further, adding paper and ink simulations when soft proofing, and ensuring that prints are as accurate as possible.
DxO PhotoLab’s soft proofing palette already features the unique "Preserve color details" slider, which protects color detail in highly saturated parts of the image when moving to smaller color spaces. In addition, it now has a checkbox to activate paper and ink simulation as specified by the selected ICC Profile, giving photographers even greater accuracy when preparing their files for printing.
DxO’s new expanded working color space was designed to give photographers the ultimate color workflow for their raw files. With version 6.3, photographers now have the option to edit JPEG and TIFF files in the new color space, giving greater flexibility when editing files and maximizing color capabilities.
New Crop Options
Photo editing software typically crops an image as it corrects distortions, making the image conform to the standard ratio of the camera. This can cause part of the image to be lost. Sometimes, photographers might want to access the maximum image projected by the lens, and DxO PhotoLab 6.3 offers this option when using the Crop tool.
Changes to the Optics Modules
For maximum image quality, photographers have long been prompted to download DxO Optics Modules — corrections that have been produced in DxO’s own purpose-built laboratory. Now, it’s possible to quickly select or deselect all of the modules that a photographer wants to install, making the process smoother.
DXO tools are really first class. I use DxO PureRAW every day. PhotoLab is very attractive, but like many photographers, I have a strong mental investment in Adobe tools and also like and use Luminar Neo from Skylum. Learning something new is not always at the top of my agenda, but PhotoLab offers so many advanced tools that I'm going to have to get into it, as I believe it is superior to much of what I use, although I still haven't found one raw editor that does everything I need.
The DxO product family is worth a look. They have some superior technology, and it's constantly improving.
How to Get PhotoLab 6.3
DxO PhotoLab 6.3 (Windows and macOS) is now available for download on the DxO website at the following prices:
● DxO PhotoLab 6.3 Essential Edition: $139
● DxO PhotoLab 6.3 Elite Edition: $219
A free,30-day trial is available. Existing owners of earlier versions of PhotoLab 6 will be prompted to upgrade for free from within the application.