Managing images in Digital Photo Professional

You can open an image that you would like to work on by double-clicking on it. For this example, I chose a RAW photo of an Egyptian Bedouin boy galloping a horse up a hill while holding another young horse beside him. I plan to use some basic tools involving cropping and exposure control (see 9-14).

An original RAW photo I selected to be worked on in Digital Photo Professional.

Notice that the menu items from the main screen are duplicated in the individual image view (the buttons are not). The type of file (for example, RAW) is identified in the bottom of the window. Also notice that I’ve chosen to use grid lines in the image, dividing it up by vertical and horizontal lines to help me analyze and edit it; you can deselect the grid lines in the View menu.

Just like the main screen is an overall management area from where you can work on individual images, it is from this screen that you manage individual photos. While you won’t specifically edit images in this screen, you can access virtually all the editing controls from here.

Begin by using the Tool palette to get the exposure adjusted correctly. While shooting in the desert with exceedingly bright light and difficulty reviewing images very well in the LCD, I often default to a slightly darker underexposure. This way I’m sure to have enough information in the image that I can lighten it by taking some information away from the photo; conversely, if I had overexposed it I would be unable to add information.

The tear- awayTool palettein Digital Photo Professional, showing an image histogram, white balance adjustment, Canon Picture Styles, and other tonal adjustments.

You can use the Tool palette to adjust exposures correctly; it is one of my favorite parts of Digital Photo Professional. This is your main control area for working with RAW files and Canon Picture Styles, as well as where you can adjust white balance, color, and brightness. It’s got a lot of control packed into one window. Here are some examples of things you can do with it, as seen in figure 9-15:

  • Adjust the brightness using the slider
  • Change the white balance from Shot to Daylight (or other common white balance settings)
  • Change Picture Styles, such as from Standard to Landscape
  • Increase sharpness using the slider

Image thumbnails edited with the Tool palette reflect what you’ve done; also, the main image screen changes as in 9-16.

If you want to take a look at what you’ve done, there’s also a Before/After Comparison available under the View menu (see 9-17).

Digital Photo Professional also lets you crop and resize images, which it calls trimming. There are a number of preset sizes as well as the ability to create custom crops, and you can view what you’re cropping with an adjustable, darkened area outside of the crop. After you crop, you can view your newly edited image in its full size (9-18 and 9-19).

One especially interesting and useful feature in Digital Photo Professional is the ability to view your cropped image in its original form as a thumbnail; once cropped, the thumbnail shows an icon that the image has been cropped. It also shows other changes made to the image, such as the amount of brightness made in the tool palette (indicated by a small camera icon) and an exposure icon showing you’ve made changes to contrast, brightness, and so on. Figure 9-20 shows my completed image after applying all these adjustments and changes.

Digital Photo Professional also includes a Stamp tool, which lets you touch up images to repair dust on your image sensor, unwanted parts of an image, facial blemishes, and the like — similar to the Photoshop Healing Brush and Clone tool.

Figure 9-21 is an image of a horse I took in the desert near the Great Pyramids in Egypt. I was struck by its wild eyes, poor-quality tack, and sores on its nose, yet the animal had a profound pride and spirit. The photo has two primary areas I wanted to touch up. One is a subtle but noticable spot from my image sensor in the upper-left corner, and the other is the horn of the saddle on a camel that was distracting at the bottom of the image.

Using the Digital Photo Professional Stamp tool (figure 9-22), I removed the image sensor spot and then repaired the horn so that it virtually disappeared.

Once your edits are complete, you will still see the original image in your thumbnail view — just as with cropping. You can then print your completed, edited image (9-23) or you can also use Transfer to Photoshop from the Tools menu, which launches Photoshop for further editing.

Changes made in theTool palette are reflected in the main image.

A before/after comparison presented in Digital Photo Professional allows you to review changes before they become permanent.

Using Digital Photo Professional, I've custom-cropped to a 5 x 7 format Optionally, I can adjust the opacity of the darkened area outside the crop.

 

This is the same photo, after it has been cropped.

My final, edited image as processed in Canon's Digital Photo Professional. Taken with an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens, ISO 320, 1/640 second at f/5.6.

The horse photo I wanted to touch up; note the image sensor spot in the upper-left corner and the camels saddle horn in the lower forefront.

The Digital Photo Professional Stamp tool window, where you can control image repairs.

My fina!,editedimage as processedin both Canon's Digital Photo Professional and Adobe Photoshop. ISO 320, f/5.6, 1/640 second with an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens.

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