NEAT projects

Here you can precisely configure the program’s settings. For the first steps, please use the standard settings. These default settings can be restored with the arrow at the bottom left. Nothing
can be irretrievably adjusted.

a. Scaling: Upon uploading a bracketed series, images can be scaled anywhere from 25% to 400% using any one of the 6 available scaling processes. Tip: The further towards the bottom the procedure is found within the list, the better the quality and the longer the computation time.

b. Colour space conversion: advanced users can choose a colour space here – for all other users, it is recommended to not make any adjustments, to avoid incorrect colour rendering later NEAT projects 2 professional offers several new colour spaces (D65). The standard illuminant D65 is representative for a phase of natural daylight with the colour temperature of 6500° Kelvin.

c. White balance corrects colour casts that occur with shots taken, for example, in a warmly lit room. To start, leave this setting unchanged.

d. With this regulator one can adjust the colour temperature when you’re already uploading. It is advised that you leave the setting on “default” and to regulate the colour temperature later in post-processing.

 

e. Optimisations: The Colour Normalisation option automatically removes colour spots present in RAW image files. This ensures that shadows within your image remain dark and lights stay bright. Automatic Brilliance Optimisation function can be activated for RAW file uploads in the RAW options section. Camera RAW formats often do not make use of all potential tone values. Automatic RAW Luminosity Optimization compensates for this by enhancing tonal values, resulting in the creation of a more comprehensive histogram for each RAW image. If the checkbox beside Automatic Rotation of Images is filled, images are corrected according to the orientation present in their Exif data.

f. Noise suppression: these buttons allow you to select the precision of the noise removal, and the slider regulates the degree of the sharpness for the edges. Here dark images can undergo significant noise removal and have hot pixels (light spots caused by the camera’s sensor in dark situations) eliminated.

g. Exposure can be used for editing images within an exposure bracket which have been incorrectly exposed and/or appear out of focus. Recommended for use when working with darker exposure brackets is the Shadow Optimisation Function. This function can be applied to easily eliminate colour casts and further enhance lighter areas and details in bright exposure brackets.

h. Alignment: here you can influence how the individual images of the series are congruently positioned on top of one another. The subtlest movement of an object, unintentionalzooming or rotating of the camera can be considered. In the majority of cases, the default settings often lead to the preferred result. The automatic cropping function corrects empty areas at the edges of your images.

Check the option „Always Display this Window“ and the Image Preparation window will automatically open upon starting the program.