Nikon Capture 4.4 (contd.)

Nikon Capture Editor Tools

Initially Nikon Capture Editor Tools are split between three palettes, however just like Adobe Photoshop you can drag and drop tools and arrange them into any order you like. This also means you can remove tools you aren't likely to use.

When working with TIFF or JPEG images settings are applied to the image at the time it is saved, the original 'state' of the image can not be retrieved (unless you save under a different filename). However, for RAW (NEF) files these settings are simply recorded in the header of the file, you can always revert back to the RAW file as it was when the shot was taken.

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Tool settings are default, have not been adjusted
Tool settings have been adjusted and applied to the image
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Tool Palette 1 (by default)
The Curves tool provides a 'Photoshop like' combined curves and levels function. You can adjust high / medium / low gray levels, drag a new brightness curve or adjust individual levels. You can also perform automatic adjustments by picking high / medium / low gray points or click on the fully automatic adjustment button.
The Unsharp Mask tool allows you to create multiple unsharp mask filters, these can be applied across all channels (RGB) or one of Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Magenta or Cyan.
Nikon's D-Lighting feature allows you to apply the equivalent of a 'digital fill flash' or 'digital dodge and burn' to the image, it enhances shadow detail and maintains highlights. Very similar to the shadows & highlights feature in Adobe Photoshop and other applications.
Color Booster allows you to enhance the color saturation of the image, the target type option alters which colors are enhanced (skin tones more so when the people option is selected).
The Size/Resolution tool allows you to choose the output size for the image, this allows you to create a smaller or larger image and also change the embedded PPI (pixels per inch) which is used for printing.
Photo Effects allow you to apply digital filters to the image to produce black and white or tinted images. Changing the color tint with a black and white effect selected changes the channel mix used to produce the B&W image.
Allows you to correct for flash 'red eye' in an image. This can be done automatically (Capture will try and identify red eyes in the image) or manually by clicking on the eyes.
Tool Palette 2 (by default)

Advanced RAW allows you to change certain image settings which are only available for RAW files. You can 'shift' the exposure digitally with the exposure compensation slider (+/-2.0 EV in 0.01 EV steps). You can also change the sharpening, tone compensation, color mode, saturation and hue settings from those which were used at the time the image was shot.
* RAW only

White Balance allows you to select an alternative white balance than that which was used at the time of exposure. You can select from a wide range of preprogrammed white balance settings (which can be fine tuned) as well as automatically calculated or gray point white balance. In addition of course you can enter the white balance as a 'Kelvin temperature' value.
* RAW only

The Noise Reduction tool can be used to eliminate the noise we would expect to see in an image shot at high sensitivity (ISO). Edge Noise reduction is probably the most interesting as it manages to enhance the sharpness of edges while removing and jaggedness due to noise or interpolation issues.

Nikon's unique 'Image Dust Off' feature uses a RAW reference image of a blank sheet of paper or gray card to remove dust marks in an image.
* RAW only

Vignette Control allows you to compensate for any vignette effect at maximum aperture and near the corners of the frame. This works with Type G or D lenses.
* RAW only

This tool can be used to modify images taken with a compatible fisheye lens. It can be used to apply either vertical or horizontal compensation to produce a 'rectilinear image'.
* RAW only
The LCH (Luminosity, Chroma and Hue) Editor allows you to apply level and curve adjustments to the brightness, color and hue components of the image rather than the specific RGB data or separate color channels.
Tool Palette 3 (by default)
The Bird's Eye tool gives you an overview of the image along with a movable rectangle which indicates the current viewing window.
The Information tool provides information about the current color space, cursor position and RGB value at that position
Histogram is just that, a histogram display of the image. Select an area of the histogram and the corresponding pixels in the image will blink (useful for identifying spikes or over-exposed highlights).
Markers can be seen as a sort of version control system, they allow you to take a snapshot of the image with different parameters applied and return back to a stored state at any point (only actually Saved into the image for RAW files).