How to Use DxO Optics Pro

DxO Optics Pro is sophisticated imaging software that can automatically correct any distortion caused by the lens, the sharpness, vignetting and any aberrations in the color. The software depends on the EXIF of your photo and knows the settings, type of lens and camera which was used. Here are the basic steps for using this software.

Step 1: Starting a Project

DxO Optics Pro works on a group of images as a particular project rather than on a single photo. Initialize the software and you are presented with a screen which has three main panes. The lower pane is for Project, on the left is the Browse pane and on the right is your workspace. Above the Browse pane are tabs, and you should click on Select.

In the Browse pane, click on the first icon which is for File System. This will show you the different folders on your hard disk. Click on the folder that contains the files you need to work with. Now you will see all the thumbnail images along with the name of the file in the right pane. To create the project, drag the thumbnails you need to work with, and drop them into the Project pane.

Step 2: Settings for Correction

Under the Select tab, you will find a drop down menu named "using preset". The various presets here determine the way the corrections will be automatically done to your images which you have included in the project. There is the "DxO default" preset which is the safest to use if you are a beginner, and then there are other presets from their labs. You also have the option of making your own preset and including it in this list.

Step 3: Viewing the Corrections and Fine Tuning

Click on the Customize tab which is next to Select. Now, the right pane has become the Image pane where you can get a preview. To the far right, there is another pane which has the settings. Click on a photo in the Project pane and you will first see the original image. After awhile, the corrected image will appear. You can make the before and after images appear side-by-side.

If you find the outcome unsatisfactory, there are many ways of handling this. You can go back to the "using preset" list and choose another preset. If you feel that some fine tuning is all that is needed in the same preset, then you can click on the Palettes button in the pane on the far right. This gives you access to three workspaces, of which the "DxO - First steps" is the easiest to handle for the beginner.

This workspace provides you with slider and other controls to adjust exposure levels, lighting, vignetting, distortions, sharpness and noise. The sliders are quite sensitive and a slight movement will bring about vast changes.

Step 4: Processing

Once you are satisfied with your editing, click on the button labeled "Start processing" and your corrected images will be will be saved as JPEG files by default in a sub folder of the original folder. A progress bar keeps you posted of the process. After processing, you can see the results by clicking on the View tab.