Layers are a central part of many photo editing processes, but they come in a number of different types, notably image layers, adjustment layers, type layers and vector layers.
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ON1 Photo RAW 2022 copies the AI-powered sky swapping technologies in Skylum Luminar and Photoshop, but ON1’s first attempt falls some way short of the mark.
Many photographers prefer to work with RAW files – but what are they, how do you work with them, and why are they so much better than regular in-camera JPEGs?
Verdict: 4 stars: DxO FilmPack 6 is a powerful film simulation tool, but its main strength – technical accuracy – is offset by its lack of local adjustment tools.
Verdict: 4.5 stars Exposure X7 is a great all-in-one program for cataloguing your images, enhancing and retouching them and adding a huge range of evocative analog film effects
Verdict: 4.4 stars ON1 Photo RAW 2022 is a terrific all-in-one photo organizing, editing and effects tool with just about the widest scope of any single program, even if some tools lack finesse and depth. For value and versatility it’s just extraordinary, and its creative presets are great too.
Verdict: 4.4 stars PhotoLab 5 is a significant step forward for DxO’s flagship software. The big news is that it now supports Fujifilm X-Trans RAW files! PhotoLab 5 is not really aimed at beginners and it’s fairly pricey too, but in terms of results you really do get what you pay for.
ON1 Photo RAW 2022 is out and shipping now, so here’s a run-down on the new features, how they fit in and what they do.
Exposure X7, just launched, has a new Selection tool that can follow the outlines of complex objects with little effort. It sounds familiar, but Exposure X7’s approach is powerful, controllable and has real hidden depths.
With this Nik Collection 4.2 update, DxO says it has improved the responsiveness of the U-point adjustment tools in Silver Efex Pro 3, fixed a compatibility issue with Capture One and made the Nik plug-ins work with Photoshop in native M1 mode on new Macs.