Software: DCS Photo Desk v4.0 (contd.)

RAW Image Adjustments

Along the top of the Photo Desk window are a row of icons, the second group are shortcuts to the same options available in the Image Controls window (on the left below). The Image Controls window provides access to all RAW image adjustment, everything from cropping, to tone, white balance, Lens optimization, Look, Noise Reduction and Sharpening.

Single Image view with all RAW Image Adjustments shown (click for full size view)

Available RAW Image Manipulation / Adjustment

Adjustments made are stored in the image file and can be applied to the current image (single image view / one image selected) or multiple images selected in the contact sheet view mode. Adjustment settings can also be copied to the clipboard and pasted (applied) to another image. The only image size option you have is for JPEG images (100%, 67% or 50%) via the preferences dialog.

Manual Crop
Click Balance
Tagging • Tag
• Untag
Rotate • Rotate 90° CW
• Rotate 90° CCW
Auto Scene Balance and Exposure adjustment
Use Original Camera Settings
Crop Aspect Ratio • Freeform
• Square
• 2 x 3 Landscape
• 3 x 2 Portrait
• 4 x 5 Landscape
• 5 x 4 Portrait
• 5 x 7 Landscape
• 7 x 5 Portrait
Exposure Compensation • +/-2.0 EV in 0.1 EV steps
• Auto Exposure Adjustment
Tone • Exposure Compensation: +/-2.0 EV in 0.1 EV steps
• Exposure Histogram
• Shadow / Midtone / Highlight adjustable (EV steps)
Balance • Preset
• Click
• Custom
• Auto
White Point • 2500 - 7500 K in 100 K steps (depending on selected Lighting)
Lighting • Daylight
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Flash
Color Balance • Cyan: -100 to +100
• Magenta: -100 to +100
• Yellow: -100 to +100

• Kodak DCS Commercial Product Look
• Kodak DCS Event Look
• Kodak DCS Portrait Grayscale Look
• Kodak DCS Portrait Look
• Kodak DCS Portrait Reduced Look
• Kodak DCS Product Grayscale Look
• Kodak DCS Product Look
• Kodak DCS Product Reduced Look
• Kodak DCS Wedding Look

Noise Reduction • Advanced
• Advanced with Moiré Reduction
• Presets: At Capture, Low, Medium, High
• Radius: 1 - 4 / 1 - 10 (with Moiré Reduction)
• Strength: 0 - 100%
Sharpening • Presets: At Capture, None, Low, Medium, High
• Amount: 0 - 20
• Radius: 0.0 - 10.0, (0.1 steps)
• Threshold: 0 - 255

Saving (converting)

Once you have finished adjusting your RAW image you will probably want to output it into a standard image format. DCS Photo Desk supports TIFF and JPEG with (or without) embedded color profiles. TIFF can be output as 8 or 16 bit (12 bit in reality) as linear or the selected RGB color space, JPEG can be output as 100%, 67% or 50% size at three different quality levels. These options are only available from the preferences dialog. You can select multiple images in the contact sheet view and then choose the 'Save Selected As...' menu option to batch convert and save multiple images.


Photo Desk will print the 'current view', so a contact sheet of images if in contact sheet mode or a single image in single image view mode.


The output preferences dialog controls the working color space and the format of TIFF and JPEG images output from Photo Desk.