CNET Editors' review
Photomatix Pro (64-bit) is a powerful image processing software that enables you to produce high dynamic range images with tone mapping. With this app, you can combine multiple images taken under different exposures into one HDR image, and you can also perform tone mapping on a single photo for better definition and resolution. This program is powerful enough for a professional, but accessible enough for even relatively inexperienced photographers.
The first time you open Photomatix Pro, you'll be greeted by a short tutorial that describes how to get started with the program. This is a thorough explanation that even includes information about how to take the photos that you want to combine, and it's very informative while also being accessible to beginners. When you're ready to start playing with the program, you'll find that there are plenty of ways to enhance your images, even individual ones, including adding filters like monochrome, grunge, surreal, and more. You can also preview all changes before processing them to make them final. Additional features include removal of ghosts, noise reduction, and auto-alignment when you're merging multiple photos of the same object or scene.
This app is available as a full-featured free trial that never expires but that does include watermarks on all photos produced with it. If you want to eliminate the watermarks, you can purchase a license for $99. Overall, this is an excellent program that runs well, is accessible for people at many skill levels, and delivers on all of its promises.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Photomatix Pro (64-bit) 4.2.7.
Photomatix Pro (64-bit) automatically combines differently exposed images of a high contrast scene. Photomatix Pro (64-bit) extends the dynamic range using two images of the same scene, one exposed for the highlights and one exposed for the shadows and combines them into one image with details in both the dark and bright areas of the scene. Photomatix Pro lets you generate a High Dynamic Range Image (HDRI) from any number of differently exposed images. Once your HDRI is created, you can view it through an accessory window that shows local data at the appropriate exposure. Additionally, it lets you automate image combination through an easy-to-use batch processing.
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Version: Photomatix Pro (64-bit) 4.0.2
Works better than Adobe's HDR version. I felt this was the way Adobe's efforts should have worked and looked.
I haven't found any.
The cost is very low compair to the crop of HDR tools on the market. If you love HDR and what it does to your images, this is one to buy.
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