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Why Use RAW, DxO OpticsPro, and Pixelmator

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DxO OpticsPro is a powerful RAW photo converter for photographers who have beginner- to intermediate-level experience with RAW processing and are looking for an alternative to Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw. In this course, you will learn how to achieve a very high image quality with DxO OpticsPro 10. You'll also learn how to integrate a flexible, neutralization-based RAW methodology into your post-production workflow. At the end of the course, you will learn how to make final raster edits to your photo in Pixelmator.

1. Introduction to RAW, DxO OpticsPro, and Pixelmator

1.1 Why Use RAW, DxO OpticsPro, and Pixelmator

Hi, everybody, and welcome to the course Raw Photo Processing with DxO OpticsPro. In this course, you will learn an efficient raw work flow using the processing software DxO OpticsPro. And then you'll learn how to finish off your photo in the software Pixelmator for the rastor editing phase. My name is Shamira Young, and I'm a photographer with a passion for creativity and productivity. This course is for photographers who have an intermediate level experience with raw processing and are looking for an alternative to Lightroom. It's also for those who want to create high quality photos by incorporating the imaging software DXO Optics Pro into their workflow. We will concentrate on the high level view of the raw workflow methodology that can be applied to comparable software. If you are accustomed to being hands-on with your photo processing, want to learn a solid foundational knowledge of the raw workflow methodology and desire to achieve a high quality end result, then you're in the right place. First, we'll start off in the processing software DXO Optics Pro. And then we'll move our photo over to pixelmator for the stylistic stage of editing. You will gain a solid foundational knowledge of the raw editing environment within DXO Optics Pro. And the tactics behind processing raw images in general. So let's go over an outline of the course. First we're going to download the free trials of DXO Optics Pro and Pixelmator. Then we'll discuss what raw capture is, why it's so important and why we're using DXO Optics Pro and Pixelmator in our workflow. We'll then open our class photo in DxO Optics Pro, get familiar with the program's interface, and make correctional adjustments to our image in order to get it into a neutral state. After that, we'll export our photo out of DxO and complete the stylistic phase of editing in Pixelmator. Let's move onto the next lesson and talk about the materials that you'll need. We'll also download the free trials necessary for you to follow along in this course. You ready, let's get started.

1.2 Materials You Will Need

In this lesson, we'll go over what you will need for this course. I will also show you where to download DxO OpticsPro and Pixelmator, which are available online. We'll download the 30 day free trials for both of them. We're using DxO OpticsPro in this course because it's high quality and easy to use. However, you might prefer to use another raw processor instead, and that's fine. There are now many viable, professional options for the imaging pipeline and the work flow will still work more or less the same. Also, we're using Pixelmator for the roster editing stage of our image because while Photoshop is the industry standard, a new crop of alternative roster imaging editors are being created that are certainly worth exploring. So we'll do just that. To get the most out of this course, you will first need to download the class photo that we'll be using. You can find it in the Downloads section of this course. Next, you'll need to download the DxO OpticsPro software. You can head over to dxo.com and then, in the top menu, go to Photo Software and then DxO OpticsPro. From here, you can scroll down. And you can either buy DxO OpticsPro 10 or you can download a 30-day free trial. For this course, we will be downloading that free trial. So if you're on Windows, you can select the download for button for Windows. And if you're on a Mac, you can select it for Mac. And from here it allows you to download OpticsPro Elite, which is the more full version of DxO OpticsPro. And so you would download the file, and then install it on your system. You can go ahead and do that now. Next, you'll need to download the 30-day free trial of the desktop version of Pixelmator, which can be found at pixelmator.com. Once you're on their website, you can head over to Mac in the top menu, and then you can select Free Trial. From here, you would scroll down until you see the link that says Download Pixelmator Trial Now. You would click that. And just like with DxO OpticsPro, you would follow the on-screen instructions to install it on your system. You can go ahead and do that, now. Now that we have what we need, let's move onto the next lesson. We'll discuss the advantages of working in Raw, and how to do that using DxO OpticsPro and Pixelmator together. Then we'll open DxO OpticsPro and get familiar with the interface.