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Nikon Capture NX software
Ilse Jurriƫn : February 21th 2006 - 07:00 CET
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NikonNikon Capture NX software: Nikon Corporation has launched a radically enhanced and redesigned version of its digital image editing software, Nikon Capture NX, that marks a significant shift for anyone editing images irrespective of camera brand. The upgrade also delivers powerful and dedicated tools for photographers shooting with the increasingly popular NEF (Raw) file format. Offering a compelling combination of amazing creative potential, a simple user interface and an attractive price, Nikon Capture NX software promises to revolutionize the way many photographers think about working with digital images in the future. Nikon Capture NX digital image editing software is scheduled for delivery in May 2006.
Nikon Capture NX softwareNikon NX - Image editing software
Robert Cristina, Manager of Professional Products for Nikon Europe, said: "One of the main barriers inhibiting and limiting creative image editing has been the skills required to isolate areas or subjects in the image. Layering and masking techniques have been the exclusive preserve of experts and re-touchers. Nikon's Capture NX redefines the image editing landscape and marks a significant new direction for both Nikon and ours partner, Nik Software." Nikon's Capture NX is a "must have" software for anyone seeking a fast track to creative image editing.

Nikon Capture NX - Image Control
Revolutionary U Point technology is a unique new method of applying subtle enhancements to areas of any JPEG, TIFF or NEF (Raw) image. By simply clicking a Control Point onto the chosen area, a variety of local adjustments can be applied. The effects are subtly blended with other adjustments to provide a natural looking result, until now only possible with extensive mastery of layers and masking techniques. For example by clicking a Control Point to the sky enables one to obtain complete control over its color. To prevent other areas being affected requires simply clicking Control Points to isolate them from the affects of the first. Applying Control Points to, say, a subject's skin adjusts that area. Just add, duplicate or delete any number of Control Points as you wish along the way. There are also dedicated Control Points for Black and White points, convenient for adjusting dynamic range, a Neutral Control Point to modify overall color cast even in images without a gray tone, and a Red-Eye Reduction Control Point.

Nikon Capture NX editing software - NEF format
More and more customers are discovering the amazing flexibility that shooting in NEF (Raw) offers. Nikon Capture NX provides a complete suite of tools designed to deliver powerful adjustment and correction that can be applied after shooting, but appear as if they where made at the time. Many of these tools are also backwards compatible for archives of NEF files captured by any Nikon D-SLR since the original Nikon D1 (introduced in 1999). This offers a new dimension to create new work from your archive as well.

Nikon editing software - Distortion correction
In addition to the creative advantages of U Point technology, Nikon NX continues to bring intelligent new tools for adjusting the optical properties of the image. Using algorithms matching the optical properties of the Nikkor lenses used, Aberration, Vignette and Fisheye (AF DX Fisheye Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED) distortions can be corrected quickly and simply within Nikon Capture NX to prepare the purest image file before creative editing commences. A new Barrel Distortion function has been added to complete a suite of specialist tools designed for the highest optical demands.

Capture NX software - RAW image editor
The Edit List presents the user with a continuous overview of each step of their processing workflow. As each tool is applied, it appears in the Edit List thus keeping the user fully informed of progress. Each step can be individually undone or changed at any time offering immense flexibility. Because Capture NX offers non-destructive image editing for NEF (Raw) files, the user has complete freedom to experiment with their images secure in the knowledge that their original image data remains intact. As all changes are saved as simple settings files, only one original image file is stored, to make the most of HDD space.

Nikon Capture NX - Editing tools and Batch processing
In response to demand from Nikon Capture 4 users, Nikon Capture NX now offers a range of traditional selective tools such as Brush, Lasso and Marquee (four kinds), Gradient and Fill/Remove. Color Management performance has been reinforced in Capture NX for advanced control of how colors from an image correspond to the colors a printer can produce. Options include Perceptual, Saturation, Relative Colorimetric and Absolute Colorimetric. Advanced functions of the Nikon Capture NX Browser include labeling and sorting. Repetitive global editing, such as batch processing new White Balance settings to a number of NEF files simultaneously, can be applied to thumbnails within the browser.

Nikon Capture NX software - Operation
Capture NX offers an intuitive and uncluttered visual experience that speeds up the editing process. The graphical user interface (GUI) has been designed so the image itself remains central, with settings dialogue boxes that pop in and out of view when necessary to preserve valuable screen space. Icons are used wherever possible to simplify the workflow and maintain user focus on the image itself, rather than being distracted by having to search for tools hidden in drop down menus.

Nikon RAW editing software - Digital workflow
File directory, Browser, Shooting data and IPTC panels pop out from the left when required, editing lists and settings dialogues on the right. When editing NEF (Raw) files all camera pre-set adjustments can be made directly from the shooting data panel, even from within the browser. The result is an uncluttered viewing environment with an interface that is simple and quick for the novice to learn and use but which does not compromise on the advanced tools experienced professionals expect from Nikon.

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