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1. Launch Aurora HDR 2017™.
2. Click "Activate" on the welcome screen and enter your email + activation code. If you ever lose your activation key, you'll be able to provide our support team with your email address and restore the activation code.
3. To activate Aurora HDR 2017™ from inside the software, click on Aurora HDR 2017™ in the top menu and click "Activate". Then enter your activation code + email.
YES, with the new Aurora HDR 2017™you’ll spend less time, and make way more amazing HDR photos. The smart tech will automatically group your brackets, apply the necessary effects and produce fantastic results. All you’ll need to do is to pick the original photos and click SAVE at the end.
You will see the "Batch processing" option after launching Aurora HDR 2017™.
You can also start batch processing if you have Aurora HDR 2017™ open by clicking on the "Batch Processing" button in the top left corner or simply by using combination CMD+B.
Aurora HDR 2017 doesn’t set any limit on the number of photos for batch processing. That mostly depends on the capabilities of your Mac.
Aurora HDR 2017™ is designed to receive all free software updates automatically. However, if for some reason this doesn't occur, or you want to make sure you're using the latest version, simply choose "Check for updates" in the Aurora HDR 2017™menu in the upper left-hand corner (near the Apple logo).
Please note that this option is grayed out only when Aurora HDR 2017™ asks you to "Load image(s)". First load images into Aurora, and then proceed to check for updates.
HDR Tone Mapping tool is available only when you load multiple brackets into Aurora HDR 2017. Instead of mapping the whole image into the monitor's brightness range in one go, HDR Tone Mapping adjusts the contrast locally so that each region of the image uses the whole range of colors from your multiple brackets for the best result.
The quality of the image gets lower and thus the image looks blurred while the changes are being applied. Our developers have implemented this feature to improve the overall speed of the application.
After you click on "Load Images" and choose multiple brackets you want to edit in Aurora HDR 2017, you will receive the following window:
On the bottom of this window, there is a button "Additional Settings". If you click on it, you will see the Ghosts Reduction and Chromatic Aberration Removal options.
Polarizers accomplish three main objectives for photographers. First, a polarizing filter cuts out the glare in a scene. Mid-day glare on plant leaves can be removed by simply using a polarizing filter. The glare on the water can also be removed by using a polarizer. Heck, it can even be useful for cutting the glare off a bald man’s head.
The second main purpose of a polarizer is to saturate colors. This is especially handy when shooting landscapes which are drowned out with harsh lighting. While this type of shooting situation will often result in desaturated colors, a polarizer can remedy this.
The last thing a polarizer can do is improve the skies in your photography. Polarizers can deepen the blue sky and brighten the white clouds to create stunning and dramatic skies even in bright sunny conditions. This is the main reason photographers use polarizers.
First of all, please make sure your Mac OS is not older than 10.11.
To install Aurora HDR 2017™ as a Photos extension, please follow the steps below.
1. Launch Aurora HDR 2017™.
2. Launch Photos application and open the image you want to edit in Aurora HDR 2017™.
3. In the top-right corner click on Edit > Extensions.
4. Select Aurora HDR 2017™ as an extension for editing photos.
5. Finally, Aurora HDR 2017™ will be available as an extension in Photos.
Please, note that due to the Photos app functionality, you can export just 1 photo at a time.
The short answer is YES, Aurora HDR 2017™saves full EXIF info.
EXIF Data is comprised of a range of settings such as ISO speed, shutter speed, aperture, white balance, camera model and make, date and time, lens type, focal length and much more.
1) Make sure that Lightroom/Adobe Photoshop/Aperture is closed.
2) Open Aurora HDR 2017™ in Standalone mode.
Note: This option will be grayed out until you load the photos into Aurora HDR 2017™.
3) In the upper left corner of the screen, click on Aurora HDR 2017™ > Install Plug-ins...
4) From the Installation Menu, click on "Uninstall" next to Lightroom/Adobe Photoshop/Aperture > Done.
5) Quit and restart Aurora HDR 2017™. Then choose Aurora HDR 2017™ > "Install" Lightroom/Adobe Photoshop/Aperture plug-in > Done.
6) Open Lightroom/Adobe Photoshop/Aperture.
Please note that this option is grayed out only when Aurora HDR 2017™ asks you to "Load image(s)".
Try to load images to Aurora HDR 2017™ first, and then install plug-ins.
When viewing an Image in either the Library or Develop modules in Lightroom, please right-click on the image > Export > Export... > Aurora HDR 2017 > Open original images or Use TIFF. with Lightroom adjusters.
Also, you can use Command + Shift + E to gain access to Export options faster.
Please note, that after you apply the changes in a plugin mode of Aurora HDR 2017™, you can always find your photo in Lightroom's Catalogue > All Photographs.
Depending on the "Sort by" option, your photo will be the first/last one in the list of images.
When working on an Image, choose Filter > Macphun Software > Aurora HDR 2017.
Please note, according to Photoshop's functionality, you can export only 1 photo at once directly to Aurora HDR 2017™ plug-in.
When working on an Image, choose Photos > Edit with Plug-in> Aurora HDR 2017...
The cropping tool is available in Aurora HDR 2017™ only when it is launched in a stand-alone mode. This is because cropping functions are available in the host applications.
In order to install one-click presets into Aurora HDR 2017™, follow these simple steps:
First, select the menu item "File > Show Presets Folder." It displays the folder with the current preset of the application. This folder allows you to see your current presets. All presets in this folder appear in the User and the All Presets categories.
To import your presets into Aurora HDR 2017™, just copy the files into the new presets folder.
To delete a preset, you can simply remove the preset file from the presets folder.
Unfortunately, these presets have different logic of work, so you can use them only with Aurora HDR Pro.
Don't worry, Aurora HDR 2017 has plenty of new powerful presets! You will love them :)
Custom textures you've downloaded can not be imported and permanently stored into Aurora HDR 2017™. However, here's a brief guide on how to use a custom texture during an editing session:
To choose a custom texture from a file for a layer, click the "+" in Layers menu, choose the "Custom Texture". An Open file dialog box will appear, from which you can select an image. To control the texture mapping mode, you can configure the context menu "Texture Mapping” to Fill the Screen or Scale to Fit.
Please, click on the Export button->Choose Export to image and select the desired Color Profile from the list:
Please, click on the Export button->Choose Export to image, select Dimensions next to Resize and then, set the desired size of the photo:
Use these shortcuts to speed up your creative workflow in Aurora HDR 2017:
** General **
CMD + O - Open
CMD + S - Save
CMD + Shift + E - Export
Shift + CMD + F - Show in Finder
CMD + W - Close
Shift + CMD + Z - Redo
CMD + Z - Undo
CMD + B - Batch Processing mode
C - Crop
CMD + "+" - Zoom In
CMD + "-" - Zoom Out
CMD + 0 - Fit to Screen
CMD + 1 - Original Size
\ - Quick Before/After Comparison
J - Show Clipping. Show/hide the display of “hot” and “cold” pixels.
Z - Show Navigator
CTRL+CMD+F - Enter Full Screen
; - Side-by-Side Comparison
Tab - Toggle Presets
F - Full Screen Preview
H - Move Mode
B - Brush Mode
V - Bracket with the Middle Exposure
Option+click on Whites, Blacks, Shadows, Highlights, Midtones - Option Mask
G - Activates the Gradient Mask Tool
R - Activates the Radial Mask Tool
L - Activates the Luminosity Masking Tool.
CTRL+CMD+Space - Emoji & Symbols
CMD+M - Minimize Window
CMD+P - Print
CMD+Shift+P - Page Setup
** Mask editing **
[ - decrease the brush radius
] - Increase the brush radius
Shift + [ - Decrease the brush softness
Shift + ] - Increase the brush softness
X - Switching between painting / erasure modes
CMD + I - Invert the layer mask
CMD + Delete - Clear the mask. Make it empty. It means, that the layer working result will be invisible, until you paint something with the brush
/ - Show current layer mask in the form of red transparent image imposition
Space - moves the image in the painting mode