Tutorials DxO PhotoLab by the user

(Pascal) #1

I wrote three tutorials dedicated to the use of DxO PhotoLab.

As a DxO user, I give you my tips and tricks which might make you more efficient.

1- Discovering DxO PhotoLab
A quick overview for users used others development software

2- Local Adjustments with DxO PhotoLab
A user guide to Enhance the visibility of your photos

3- Efficiency with DxO PhotoLab - The means to get quickly to better results
Intended for experienced users, it explains the functioning and gives some recipes for more efficiency.

There are still a few illustrations in french soon be updated.
I hope you will enjoy these tutorials.

[Edit] Site updated for DPL2 release. See the page “Efficiency with DxO PhotoLab”.




You have put a lot of effort onto this, Pielo. It is a very useful piece of work. Thank you so much :slight_smile:


Those are very nice tutorials!
Thank you for taking the time to create them and share them!

(Mark) #4

Very nice, It was a very generous use of your time. I am also impressed that you provided both a French and English version. Hopefully users who speak other languages will have a working knowledge of one or the other, or there is always Google Translate.



I have been following your tutorials for several weeks now and I have to commend you for a job well done.
Thank you for taking your time to share your experience with us.



I have been struggling with PhotoLab for a while, it is so different from LR. Your tutorials have really helped me to move forward. Big thank you for that.

(Peter) #7

great effort and interesting reading material. thanks

got me thinking , maybe we can start up a “how i do it” thread for difficult tasks.
Things you needed more then one attempt to get satisfied.

  • Like the difference between smartlighting and gradientfilter and upoint approach.
  • clearview and manual contrast control. (microcontrast and fine contrast.) effect on different images.
  • Tonecurve control vs sliders in the tools.
    -Global and local sharpening control (Upoint can be used for sharpening)

What i mean is i approach a image mostly the same way out of convience or just plain this is what i know to use. I start to wonder around in other toolsset when i can’t get my wanted image and be hours lost in learning if a tool can help to get what i need.
filmpack, NIKcollection , color rendering, local adjustments a lot is overlapping in its adjustment possibilities. The DxO PL suite plus Nik can be overwelming in its possible approaches.
many see more then one. :slight_smile:
sometimes the best way is just around the corner but it has to be shown by someone before you see it.

Lots of ways to get the same result sort of. (some times a gradient filter is a better start to get rid of highlight trouble then fiddling with smartlighting and the highlight sliders not to mention the brush mask, upoint.)


Good idea. ON1 do, or did, have a great training aid where people put what they saw as their more difficult images forward for editing tips. Might be difficult to manage on an informal basis but it really did help those trying to get to grips with the software.

(Peter) #9

yes now bring it to life :wink:

Yes that’s one of the challenges.
That’s why i would like good DxO tutorial’s which goes deep in the tools it self. With a set of images which can be download to try it yourself along the line. (artistic copyright danger)
That’s the best way to learn using a tool. watch the master and repeat. try to replicate.
if you can replicate you can learn to variate and start for your self to make something.

In the meantime we can setup this same kind of system: if you have a “problem image” post it (watch for privicy things, ones on the net always on the net.)
write the what do you want to change, include a attempt, tel what went wrong in your eyes.
And then other people can give it a go.
I think this can work.


I agree. The issue might be file sizes - can we upload raw images to the forum?

(Peter) #11

No don’t think so, but it is possible to utilize a drive like dropbox, googledrive. Just open a folder for read writing.
maybe the forumsiteholder can build some general storage for every member in. 5Gb max. is enough so you can upload and share for this purpose.
just a couple of raw files, so even 2 or 3Gb will do.
edit: (maybe a new thread is better to explore this,we steeling space of Pieloe’s thread. Sorry @Pieloe, i got carried away in my enthousiast to gain knowledge of the tools in PL and such.)


Agree, a new thread is the way forward.

(Svetlana G.) #13

(bikurbik) #14

Congratulations for this great job, the tutorials are very useful and very well done.
Thank you for sharing and the effort you made !!!

(Namaste39) #15

Extremely well done, Pascal. I certainly found quite a number of features as a refreshing reminder. I imagine that a good number of members in the DxO Testing forum are keen amateur photographers and as such don’t process images everyday, and also use other software from time-to-time too. The consequences being our memories forget the how’s and the where’s of some the tool sets used infrequently.
This piece of work as a result will be useful for new DxO users as well as the more seasoned veterans.

(Pascal) #18

Site updated for DPL 2.0 release.



(Peter) #19

Hi Pascal,
Your tutorial is also 2.0. Much more logic and good visualised. Great job. I will dig through it again to refresh my memory. (you know i need this one’s in a wile. :grinning:)

I am training myself at this moment in lightning/contrast/tonecorrection using the 3 major tools in this order:

  • Smartlighting, box selective
  • selective tone and contrast
  • local corrections masking and controlpoints
    I am starting to get the hang of it using mask or gradientfilter or controlpoint.
    it is a 3 step correction. global by dodging and burning kind of way (SL) some manual override in selective tone and contrast. finaly the worst spots with masking or controlpoints.
    Cleaning up and restoring “punch/ color feel” use global vibrance and or controlpoints color control.
    It starts to grow on me, those local things, lot of manual fiddleing still, no filters or presets yet.
    One final step has to be intgrated in this matter, exporting to NIKcollections tools using there automated presets to enhance one step further.
    If i may suggest your next chapter can be step by step working from default to export jpeg wile dealing with difficulties with example images.
    Let the tools working together to maximise the image. Aproache examples.

Is it just me or is v1.2 to v2.0 not a big change?


Have been messing around with an image of a cottage doorway - originally a Nikon RAW file. Have played around and got this far (see image below). Any tips on how this edit can be improved? It seems to suffer from being a bit flat and that is something I continually have problems with in PL!

(Pascal) #21

I like the smooth of this image.
What characteristic do you want ?
Give the raw image.


To me, it looks a little flat, perhaps needs a bit more pop. I do like the image but maybe it needs that little more (or maybe not)
DSC_0049.NEF (27.9 MB)