The new tone mapping method, called Tone Balancer, gives more options for achieving a realistic look. It offers six HDR settings and adds five new built-in presets.
BRIGHTON, United Kingdom (PRWEB)
December 05, 2017
HDRsoft, makers of Photomatix software that popularized High Dynamic Range (HDR) photo editing and has been used by hundreds of thousands of people has updated its Photomatix for Linux application. Though it’s only the first update since launching the application, version 1.1 sees significant updates. It adds a new HDR tone mapping method and a Finishing Touch panel.
The new tone mapping method, called Tone Balancer, gives more options for achieving a realistic look. It offers six HDR settings and adds five new built-in presets. It is well-suited to natural-style landscapes. The Finishing Touch panel adds a crop tool, as well as contrast and sharpening adjustments. Users can now also view thumbnails of presets they created or imported.
Photomatix for Linux was first made available in August 2016. Linux users can use the software for HDR photo editing and enhancing landscape and architecture photography. Using HDR imaging techniques, the software makes high-contrast scenes in photographs pop. Photomatix’s strength is in simplifying HDR editing without requiring in-depth knowledge of complex photo processing software.
Photomatix for Linux Features
The software lets users load photographs taken at different exposure levels to merge them into a single HDR image. During the process, the application provides options for automatically aligning hand-held photos. It also offers an automatic “ghost” removal option, useful when moving objects or people are present in the scene.
Users can select between five tone mapping and exposure fusion methods to find a preferred style. Or, they can click a thumbnail of one of the 37 built-in presets to quickly load a particular ‘look.’ Once a method or preset is selected, further fine-tuning is optional using a large range of slider-based settings. Photographers can quickly get the look they desire that includes natural-looking results to painterly or surreal images. Photomatix for Linux can also be used to enhance a single photo to boost its shadows and enhance its highlights.
Batch processing also adds convenience. With it, users can automate the merge to HDR and creation of HDR images. This includes the selection of a preferred preset and settings. The automation frees users to do other tasks.
Photomatix for Linux is available for 64-bit systems running Ubuntu 16.04, 14.04 or 12.04 and Linux Mint 18 or 17. One license costs $49, and a trial can be downloaded prior to purchase here. Customers who purchased Photomatix for Linux 1.0 can upgrade to 1.1 free of charge.
HDRsoft develops photo editing software based on high dynamic range (HDR) imaging techniques. The company pioneered HDR photography with the introduction of its Photomatix software in 2003. Today, the company continues to build easy-to-use software tools that let photographers create eye-catching images. Photomatix is ideal for photography scenes that benefit from applying HDR, such as architecture, landscape, real estate, and more. The company is headquartered in the United Kingdom and has staff in the USA and several other countries.
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