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5 “Don’t Miss” Killer Features of Aurora HDR

February 03

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Here are 5 features to use to ensure you’re getting the most from Aurora HDR.

Aurora HDR has a rich set of incredible tools that let you create unique, dramatic, and beautiful images. Today we’re going to show you 5 awesome features you simply have to use to ensure you’re getting the most out of the software. It truly enables you to accomplish more with your photos than other HDR software!

Feature #1: One-click Presets

Aurora HDR software comes preloaded with dozens of one-click presets that allow you to create every photographic style, from a completely fantasy-like image to a smooth realistic view of your most epic adventures. Why is this great? By using presets, you can create amazing HDR images in seconds, and then finalize them with your own creative flare using the most powerful controls in the industry! Often you'll get the result you won't even without further adjustments. And did we mention? You can create your own presets, as well as import presets made by other photographers.Feature #1: One-click Presets

Feature #2: The most awesome detail controls

Love a detailed image and want to have complete control over the sensory explosion? Use the Structure panel to adjust the overall HDR look and the amount of detail and clarity revealed in your image. Why is it great? Our intuitive slider controls are totally easy to use and in a few seconds you can create as dramatic- or realistic-looking an image as you like!Feature #2: The most awesome detail controls

Feature #3: Selective light adjustments

One of the coolest features of Aurora HDR Pro is the ability to separately adjust the exposure levels on the top and bottom of your image. Cleverly named "Top & Bottom Lighting", this important tool gives you precise control using the digital equivalent of a fancy Graduated HD filter. Be sure to check out the Shift and Rotation sliders too for a completely custom look. Why is it great? You literally have the most powerful image processing engine at your fingertips that lets you affect just the area you choose. No special learning required.Feature #3: Selective light adjustments

Feature #4: Layers of Goodness

Need more control over your editing? Unlike every other HDR software out there, Aurora HDR Pro lets you create and work with multiple layers to get the exact look and feel you want out of your HDR workflow! You can create luminosity masks, custom effect masks, texture overlays and use brushes to further selectively edit your photos. Even adjust the opacity of each layer! Aurora HDR Pro lets you Layer and Mask to your heart’s content, so take control! Why is it great? You get ultimate freedom to enhance the photo the way you want without jumping to other software. And this is what truly matters.Feature #4: Layers of Goodness

Feature #5: Tone Curve Magic

Lightroom and Photoshop users rejoice! One of the most powerful and familiar tools of both apps is nestled right into Aurora HDR - the Tone Curve control. For more advanced users who are comfortable manually adjusting tone and color of your images, this is as straightforward as it gets. Want more contrast? Easy! Want a brighter and more color-treated image? Just as easy! Why is it great? Your imagination is the only limit when you dig into manual adjustments, plus you have separate RGB curves to boot!Feature #5: Tone Curve Magic

Extra Bonus Feature

We know we promised 5 killer features, but we just can't contain ourselves! Here's a few more to whet your HDR appetite:

- Custom brush for selective editing

- Plug-in support for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Apple Aperture

- Extension support for Apple Photos

- Ultra-easy HDR noise reduction

- Fantastic one-click luminance and color adjustments

There is more to love in Aurora HDR. If you haven't tried it yet, start making the most beautiful HDR photos in literally seconds. 

If you are using Aurora HDR or Aurora HDR Pro already, tell us what your favorite tools are in the comments.

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