DxO PhotoLab 1.2 announced, adding improved local adjustments to the powerful photo editor


posted Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 8:00 AM EST


DxO has been creating imaging solutions for the past 15 years and despite some recent financial issues and the tumultuous release of the DxO One camera, the reorganized company is now free to turn its focus back to its bread and butter, its photo software. With the release of DxO PhotoLab last year, the company reinvigorated its image editing software and incorporated numerous technologies from their acquisition of the Nik Collection from Google. To learn more about the first Nik Collection by DxO, click here. Let's take a closer look at what's new in DxO PhotoLab 1.2.

Building upon the solid foundation of PhotoLab, which was recently awarded the 2018 TIPA Award for Best Image Processing Software, the new version's improvements are primarily focused on local adjustment tools. Along with acquiring the Nik Collection from Google in 2017, DxO also acquired Nik's revered U Point technology, which allows for non-destructive, localized image edits across a number of parameters. In addition to the editing settings that were in the original PhotoLab, DxO has added hue and selective tone settings, which allow the user to recover shadow or highlight details in specific, user-selected areas. Local settings are now grouped in Light, Color and Detail segments, each of which can be viewed or hidden to make for a streamlined workflow.


Further improvements include a much-requested keyboard shortcut for displaying the U Point mask in grayscale and new camera support. The newly-supported cameras include the Sony A7 III, Panasonic G9, iPhone 8 and X and more.


PhotoLab 1.2 is available for free for existing PhotoLab users. New users can purchase Essential and Elite editions of DxO PhotoLab for PC and Mac for $129 and $199 respectively. There is also a 30-day available by clicking here. Stay tuned to Imaging Resource for more coverage on the software, including a hands-on review.