I know @Joanna , sorry I replied @StevenL without quoting him. He wrote: “w/ control point and chroma/luma selectivity set to zero you can reach some nice results…”
When figuring out what were these new features within this upgrade I felt just as @zkarj described.
I am not quite sure what is the real improvement with the Refined control point masks. The great u point algorithm of nik was based on two sections:
While the reason why Nik U point technology still works good after decades was based on the relationship between the Selection and Correction algorithms.
Now "refining the selection mask without changing the Correction algorithm, I am not sure that it gives you an astonishing results.
Up till now I didn’t see any tutorial that shows the significant improvement in the final result while using the sliders.
Even as an EA member I was confused with the control lines and I assumed “it was me” that I did not understand the full capabilities of the new control points. But now I’m more convinced that it is not that brilliant feature.
Therefore my 2021upgrade was to buy Luminar AI (37$) which really extended my toolbox, and No, sky replacement isn’t my cup of tea. But color harmony, advanced contrast and some other AI tools not to mention the brilliant AI portrait tools.
Now I am more afraid that DXO even though they are the Masters in Optics ( glass) with supereb Raw Converter and Optic module, while Deep Prime is the best in market De-noising tool.
Nevertheless other PL adjustment tools are Copy Paste from Nik collection.
I am afraid that DXO PL package is in “stagnation” there will be no new major editing tools in the near future. Because DXO is like the student who copied and pasted his homework. They have this PL package but they don’t have the knowledge…
In Skylum on the other hand (Was founded on 2008, two years after DXO PL) It is vice versa.
They started all from scratch designing that image editing engines with the new technologies of 2020. They had their Try & Error (and still do) but now they have the knowledge they have the Know How and we will keep on getting new features i the next years.
Yes the workflow is going to be cumbersome using PL as raw converter + some other tools and then exporting to luminar as DNG and keep on editing.
Supporting DXO? Well now they are busy with expending their Users: Fujifilm users and/or Pureraw users. They don’t really need my upgrading support.
Now DXO, you can consider this post as complaints of a spoiled child or as a Wake Up Call.
It’s in your hands.