HDRsoft Provides First Updates to Photomatix for Linux HDR Photography Application

Photomatix for Linux Offers Various Adjustment Options

The new tone mapping method, called Tone Balancer, gives more options for achieving a realistic look. It offers six HDR settings and adds five new built-in presets.

HDRsoft, makers of Photomatix software that popularized High Dynamic Range (HDR) photo editing and has been used by hundreds of thousands of people has updated its Photomatix for Linux application. Though it’s only the first update since launching the application, version 1.1 sees significant updates. It adds a new HDR tone mapping method and a Finishing Touch panel.

The new tone mapping method, called Tone Balancer, gives more options for achieving a realistic look. It offers six HDR settings and adds five new built-in presets. It is well-suited to natural-style landscapes. The Finishing Touch panel adds a crop tool, as well as contrast and sharpening adjustments. Users can now also view thumbnails of presets they created or imported.

Photomatix for Linux was first made available in August 2016. Linux users can use the software for HDR photo editing and enhancing landscape and architecture photography. Using HDR imaging techniques, the software makes high-contrast scenes in photographs pop. Photomatix’s strength is in simplifying HDR editing without requiring in-depth knowledge of complex photo processing software.

Photomatix for Linux Features

The software lets users load photographs taken at different exposure levels to merge them into a single HDR image. During the process, the application provides options for automatically aligning hand-held photos. It also offers an automatic “ghost” removal option, useful when moving objects or people are present in the scene.

Users can select between five tone mapping and exposure fusion methods to find a preferred style. Or, they can click a thumbnail of one of the 37 built-in presets to quickly load a particular ‘look.’ Once a method or preset is selected, further fine-tuning is optional using a large range of slider-based settings. Photographers can quickly get the look they desire that includes natural-looking results to painterly or surreal images. Photomatix for Linux can also be used to enhance a single photo to boost its…

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