Although the addition of Control Lines, Grads, etc. in PL is helpful, there is a problem in that the pop-up sliders cover the area of the image being modified. In Nik, all of the sliders appear in the right panel and not on the actual image. That’s a huge advantage (or more a huge disadvantage in PL). Is there a way to address this or will it require a modification (for which we should not have to pay!)? There’s plenty of room in the right panel below the Selectivity controls. Alternatively, the “slider box” could be made draggable so we could just place it in the right panel as needed.
Isn’t anyone else annoyed by this?
Yes, the on-screen controls are sub optimal for image viewing and unorthodox vertical orientation. Some people are used to them and want to retain them, others would like a better UI which would improve UI flexibility.
If they were moved to the side panels where all the other controls are then this would free up right click on the image for other functions like alter brush size, where the proximity of the controls to the adjustment sliders is a bonus and you aren’t adjusting the image so obscuration isn’t a factor. Moving the cursor off of the control area then removes the UI elements.
C1 has a similar layer local adjustments system and effectively in C1 you don’t even double up on the sliders in the side panels for the local adjustments, you just use the normal sliders for exposure, etc. Hard to understand why people use UI’s that do double up controls so that you have one Exposure slider for background image adjustment and a second Exposure slider for local adjustment Exposure.
Maybe in PL7?
for now you can use [ E ]
to hide the “Equalizer”
Of course this interface is not optimized.
This is the first version of the Local Adjustment.
I understand that DxO will soon be revising its work.
I agree with you dss27. The window with sliders is often on the place that you have to modify. Dragging them here or there (right panel or everywhere else on the screen) would be fine
Thanks, but the problem with hiding the Equalizer is that then you can’t use it, so there’s no point in doing that. What we need here is to be able to either undock the Equalizer so it can be dragged to a location where it doesn’t block the very areas you’re trying to modify, or better yet, implement it the way it works in Nik. The Equalizer should appear in the Local Adjustments tab (where there’s a bunch of room). In fact, tick boxes for all of the commands in your screenshot with the keyboard shortcuts should appear in the right tab as well. Of course, while we’re at it, why not incorporate Nik into PL directly, as additional tabs, as is the case for ViewPoint. That’s the main thing–“one-stop shopping” as Topaz has managed to do with Photo AI. A simplified, streamlined workflow! It would be even better if we could access Topaz from within PL as well, but I’d settle for just incorporating all of the DxO products into one “master” program. Ideally, we could go from RAW to print in one program, but we’d need to add a few more features for that to be practical in all cases (as there are of course some cases where DxO can “do it all”).
Thanks for the statement about LA functions and the possibility of undocking. We had discussed this before the 5 release, but somehow simple, sensible workflows and operator GUI’s seem to be going out of fashion with many manufacturers. But it’s true that DXO with all the tools and different user interfaces is moving away from simplifying the workflow. I hope that the EA7 phase can have more influence on these things, the better readability and other things.
Let’s wait and see