Designed to expedite and simplify the process of creating high dynamic range (HDR) imagery, this download version of Photomatix Essentials 4.0 from HDRsoft helps to composite multiple bracketed exposures into a single image in order to gain greater highlight and shadow detail than a single exposure can record. Utilizing an intuitive interface, bracketed photos are quickly aligned and can be adjusted using a range of 31 preset effects, with the ability to fine-tune the final appearance using slider-based controls. User-customized presets can be saved for later use and images can also be adjusted using noise reduction, sharpening, and contrast settings. Serving as a highly efficient and straight-forward means for creating photographs with an extended range of tones and values, Photomatix Essentials offers a useful feature-set within an easy-to-understand environment.
This standalone application is compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems and directly supports working with JPEG, TIFF (8- and 16-bit), and a wide variety of raw file types.
The presets using these adjustment settings include Default, Painterly, Painterly 2, Painterly 3, Painterly 4, Enhanced, Surreal, Grunge, Grunge 2, Creative, Creative 2, Creative 3, Soft 2, Soft 3, Smooth, Smooth 2, Monochrome, Monochrome 2, and B&W Artistic.