I just downloaded Photolab 7 and have been testing the new local adjustment features (although I never had Photolab 6 I guess they are new). So far it seems like the possibilities have increased, most notably the possibility of applying the color wheel locally (which I think is an improvement). Some things seem a little bit strange, or then I just can’t figure out how to do it.
The disappearing control line (control point etc). When moving to the side bar where the sliders now are located, the control line can no longer be seen on the screen. Would be nice if it could be toggled on and off (or maybe I haven’t found the button yet …).
Is it possible to somehow protect and area from being affected? It seems fairly common to have something in the area marked by the control line, that you do not want to change (as a tree against a sky). I tried to see if you could do this with the brush, but didn’t find a way.
What is the option “only available in Filmpack 7, or higher”?
If the color wheel can be added to local adjustments, it should also be possible to add the channel mixer. Hence, old Filmpack owners would also get something new. Now the channel mixer is, so to say, sold two times to the same customer (what has been there all the time in Filmpack has now been added to Photolab 7, or is there any difference?).
Those masks are not (V6.xx) fully mixable (seems some are bitmap masks and some are not).
Control lines only mix with control lines and control points.
So you need an other control line or a control point to create a protected area.
If this has not changed, to create a protected area you have to push ALT when adding a second control to the same local adjustment.
PC version here.
FilmPack and Viewpoint are integral parts of PhotoLab. Their features are hardcoded into PhotoLab and are not plug-ins. The licenses for them only unhide and allow access to features that are already there. The goal was to make PhotoLab more affordable to those who were willing to forego Viewpoint and FilmPack features to save money. However, all three products are required to give users the entire PhotoLab experience.
DxO could decide to unlock all its Viewpoint and FilmPack features without the need to purchase additional licenses but in that event the cost of PhotoLab Elite would increase significantly.
You also get 4 fine contrast sliders, creative vignetting, frames, textures, filters, a blur tool, and several other features besides the 100 or so film types and effects. You have a choice. You can just purchase PhotoLab and get the features available in it or you can purchase the entire suite and get everything.
For years I have been an an advocate for only one version of PhotoLab with all features included even though the cost will be substantially higher. Having it divided in pieces just causes confusion and anger.
Yes. I understand filmpack can be a separate tool because its orientation is specific.
But again, luminance mask is a basic tool, and this is purposely that it is hidden.
Why not hide the curve tool then ?
People have posted here saying Creative Vignetting tool is a basic tool and should be in PhotoLab without the need for an additional FilmPack license. Other have said the same thing about the Channel mixer and the fine contrast sliders. You can’t pick and chose only the individual features that are important to you. As I’ve said many times over the years, PhotoLab is really just one program divided into three pieces which provides pricing flexibility to those on a budget.
This is my final word on the subject. There is actually just one program, PhotoLab, which contains everything. DxO broke it into three pieces, four if you include the Essential version, for pricing flexibility. Some of the decisions regarding which features are available may seem arbitrary to you, but we are not privy to DxO’s logic when making those decisions, We all have a choice. We can either purchase the complete feature rich suite or we can save money and choose to not purchase Viewpoint and/or Filmpack and live with a more limited and in my opinion crippled product. I choose to own everything. There are very few features I don’t not use on a regular basis.
The masks visibility is a bit messed up in this version. The mask visibility menu is at the top right of the image. You can also press M to activate the colored mask (but not the B&W mask as before). You can protect a zone by selecting a control zone and pressing Alt-Left click.
That is true, but I bought FilmPack6 two years ago with the intention that it would be the current version as long as FilmPack 5 was. Now after two years they have updated it to 7 with small additions and want new money. Next year there will be FimPack8?
These additional costs are not calculable.
I tried protection of an area using a control line and Alt + control point. Obviously, you have to use quite large circles in order for it to work because of the fading towards the edges, but it seems to work quite nicely.