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photo:image_editors

image editing software

Introduction

  • Aug 2019, Adobe updated Lightroom with GPU-accelerated editing, batch merge for HDR and panoramas, deleted photos recovery, export your photos as PNGs, and ability to use color labels to organize your collections

Feature Comparison of RAW editors

software Lightroom Classic CC OnOneRAW 2019 Affinity Photo Luminar 3 Capture One Pro
price to buy can't buy yes yes yes yes, Expensive;
subscription cost compulsory no no optional optional
iPad version yes but limited no yes very good no? no
plugin for other editors no yes no yes - Luminar Flex
customizable user interface no no no yes very customizable
can send images to Nik, OnOne, PS, etc LR, Nik PS plugins only Nik, Topaz, Aurora HDR but have to manually save them somewhere need to export to PS, etc then re-import
ease of use easy-mod mod mod-hard easy-mod hard
able to read files directly without importing into a database no yes yes, drag and drop
library module for browsing, rating images, etc yes yes no yes, DAM, but no metadata editing yes can choose catalogue vs sessions mode
library image location syncs with changes to actual location no, you must find “missing folder” ? N/A yes
sync adjustments across multiple images yes yes N/A yes
batch processing multiple images yes ? no, but can use macros yes
presets yes yes no but can create macros yes yes “styles”, Fujifilm film simulations
AI selection of objects no yes but inaccurate yes can select but not AI?
supports layers, masks, blend modes no yes yes, must apply Develop first yes yes, part of develop
expand color range selection by multiple selections as per PS no no no ? ?
blend ranges no not PS style but can apply to various tones or colors yes1)
masking tools limited yes for each effect, luminosity mask, blend modes, color range PS level yes
frequency separation for skin smoothing no no yes no no
LUTS support no yes yes yes
LAB color workspace no no yes2) ? ?
HDR yes yes yes 32bit workspace, excellent tone mapping3) No
HDR ghosting removal auto only auto auto and fast manual4) No
HDR single shot 32bit toning ? ? yes5) No
focus stacking no yes yes6) No
panoramic stitching yes yes yes7) No
image stacking to automatically remove walking pedestrians no ?no yes via File:New Stack, image align, use median8)
image stacking to automatically create a crowd from pedestrians no ?no yes via File:New Stack, image align, use outlier9) No No
image stacking to reduce noise no ?no yes via File:New Stack, image align, use mean or median10)
image stacking to blend brightest parts similar to Olympus Live Composite no ?no yes via File:New Stack, image align=false as you adding if fireworks, etc; use maximum11) No No
XRite color calibration yes no no?
ICC printer profiling yes yes
camera/lens profiles excellent OK “open source” yes yes yes
tethering yes yes ?no ?no yes, initially designed for this!
issues takes long time to load a library; need to keep paying for subscription can be buggy with new releases; exports can be slowish no library/browse mode; PS-like complexity slow to scan HDD as syncs image locations, new HDD images are automatically “imported” into folders - if you don't like this, use “albums” instead; no metadata or keywords; slower than LR; excellent RAW conversion and color controls esp. for skin; cheaper Sony/Fuji version; Healing tool better than LR or Luminar; draw annotations for collaborations; no HDR/panorama; no history panel; no seamless plugin support - must export; NR not as good as LR; Expensive; Express version lacks basic features;
radial filter mask options temp, tint, exp, contrast, highlights, shadows, clarity, saturation, sharpness, noise, moire, defringe, colour, feather ANY effect via mask options
gradient filter mask options temp, tint, exp, contrast, highlights, shadows, clarity, saturation, sharpness, noise, moire, defringe, colour, feather ANY effect via mask options
local adjustment brush options temp, tint, exp, contrast, highlights, shadows, clarity, saturation, sharpness, noise, moire, defringe, colour, feather, flow, density ANY effect via mask options
removal tools clone or heal, no selection tools clone, heal, AI selection options, manual selection options
liquefy distortion effects no yes via liquefy workspace, must choose a pixel canvas layer first!12)
360deg live panning and editing no ?no yes13) no
automatic fill canvas blank areas inpaint after rotation/distortion correction constrain crop only ? yes 14)
AI filters no no no yes, many unique filters,esp. a realistic AI SunRays; Top/Bottom lighting for landscapes; Orton effect; no
AI auto-toning, enhancements not AI, not as useful ?not AI, not as useful ?not AI yes, human-aware Accent AI, works well even for skin; AI Editor works well
macros no ? yes15)
Open Color IO (OCIO) support no no yes
jpeg export presets long side pixels yes yes no, must have a preset for portrait and another for landscape orientation
photo/image_editors.txt · Last modified: 2019/08/13 20:22 by gary1