DxO PureRaw or Photolab for a Photoshop user

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indigoshrine Regular Member • Posts: 192
DxO PureRaw or Photolab for a Photoshop user

I have a well-established workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop that I'd like to enhance with DxO's great noise reduction. From earlier threads I learned that most people recommend to get Photolab instead of PureRaw, since it also allows for more control of the settings. I am on the fence about both programs.

Pro PureRaw

  • Good integration with LR and faster handling
  • Lightweight and cheaper

Pro Photolab

  • More control
  • Complete RAW editing suite

Realistically, I will probably only use noise reduction. As I often utilize luminosity mask blending in PS, any kind of presharpening should be done _after_ blending to avoid halos/artifacts, so I would keep it deactivated in PR/PL. DxO seems to have great lens correction profiles but at least in my PR trial in spring, my most important lenses were not yet supported so I do not expect much.

Question:

Are there any particular tools/functions in PL which are significantly superior to PS? I could only justify purchasing it if I utilize at least a few of its functions. Just for controlling the opacity of DeepPrime alone, I think it would definitely be overkill. For example, I read ClearView is apparently great - but since this would affect my luminosity masks, I am not sure how I could integrate steps in Photolab into my LR --> PS workflow in a meaningful way.

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