DxO’s OpticsPro 11 Elite is a versatile piece of software, having both elements from Photoshop and Lightroom in its programming...
As such it’s not only set up for editing but also offers a nifty filing system, allowing you to find your folder-stored images with ease. The editing suite incorporates both one-click and comprehensive solutions, and unlike other filter-based systems in test, DxO’s presets offer subtle boosts based on your preferences and needs.
Subtlety is the key word here, with nothing being too garish or tacky. Instead the filters are based around different niches of editing (such as landscape or portrait) and results are impressive. Of course, you can use them for any genre you’d like – I used the sports preset to edit a portrait and found the bump in highlights and increased tonal range to be very pleasing.
Looking past these one-shot applications, functions such as Exposure Compensation, Colour Balancing tools or Tone Curve all allow for a brilliant level of individual customisation. Unlike others in test, these alterations aren’t overpowering and give a very precise level of editing. Although you can occasionally see the cogs whirring, the overall experience was pretty swift and definitely far from the slowest here.
RAW conversion works well too, using the same tools as editing, though you may need to download additional DxO modules to correspond with the equipment you’re using.
Although this software supplies a large amount of tools, it does feel very linear at times and doesn’t quite give you the freedom others can provide. We were often left feeling as though certain fine-tuning was just beyond our reach.
That said, the ability to produce stunning images is definitely there, and as an introduction to editing OpticsPro 11 Elite is a great choice. If you are unsure or you would like to try before you buy, DxO also offers a free trial of its software.
Great filters system
Not too overpowering
Linear element feels like hand-holding
No preset previews
No Layer system
RAW conversion: Yes
System requirements: Mac OS X 10.10/Windows 7 or higher