Camera Raw lab
Many photographers are now shooting their pictures using a RAW file format, this ultimately gives you far more control on the way images look. PaintShop Photo Pro X3 has a new Camera Raw lab which at present supports over 350 different cameras, and will be updated as and when new camera models are announced. The Raw lab offers controls on; Exposure, Brightness (isn’t that the same thing), Saturation, Shadow, Sharpness. White Balance, all the settings that are usually found on camera, such as Sunlight, Cloudy, Tungsten etc.. Colour Temperature (the same thing as White Balance) Tint. Noise reduction on Luminance and Colour Noise.
The Camera Raw lab performed quite well on my Nikon NEF files. I managed to improve the colours and achieve an overall pleasant result, but nothing spectacular. However, I feel that the Raw lab needs a lot more features to make this a really useful addition to pppx3. I would like to see the inclusion of curves, lens corrections such as chromatic aberrations, vignette removal, UnSharp masking etc, Having said that, many of these options are available in the menus in PaintShop Photo Pro.
This promises to be an interesting filter, it increases the colour saturation in areas that are lacking in colour, leaving well saturated areas untouched. The application of settings is straight forward, a simple slider with values from -100 to +100, generally a setting of +20 gives good results. I compared this to a straight Hue, Saturation & Luminance adjustment of +20 saturation and the Vibrancy filter kept colour under better control, giving an emphasis to blue (skies) whilst leaving flesh tones looking healthy.