HDRtist for PC and Mac

Written by Ohanaware Co., Ltd

  • Category: Photography
  • Licence: Free
  • Software version: 2.2.4
  • File size: 13.45 MB
  • Compatibility: Available on Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and Mac OS 10, 11 10.11
  • How it works | What is HDRtist?

Whatʹs Great

1. Get gorgeous detail rich true HDR images that are built & processed by our "Polaris" tone mapping engine, in the highest precision workflow available today, whilst being married to one of the most simplistic Mac app interfaces there is.

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HDRtist Features and Description

Key Features

Latest Version: 2.2.4

  • Licence: Free

  • What does HDRtist do? Get gorgeous detail rich true HDR images that are built & processed by our "Polaris" tone mapping engine, in the highest precision workflow available today, whilst being married to one of the most simplistic Windows app interfaces there is. Even if you're not interested in HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography; you can still use HDRtist to increase detail and definition in single photos. • Uses our 8th Generation tone mapping engine "Polaris" to enhance details. • 128-Bit Unclamped precision workflow, processes images in the highest precision available today. • Supports Metal or OpenGL for the smoothest display performance. • Interface optimization provides a gorgeous high resolution preview area. • The Window Sidebar and titlebar support Auto Hiding, getting out of the way when not needed. • Split-View & Side-by-side view for comparing with the original image or medium exposure. • Use a set of exposures or a single image, it's up to you. • Ohanaware HDR format, allows you to save your HDR images and edit them later. ## New in version 2.2 is the option to unlock even more potential from your HDRs using the full functionality of our HDRtist NX. There's a 1-Month FREE trial available *, so you can try out these exciting features. • 90+ options for adjusting tonality, color & detail. • Local adjustments to improve, fix or style areas of an image. • Crop by ratio, size or freeform. Save custom ratios & sizes. • Meta Data Editing, set artist name, copyright, contact info. • Incredible level of detail recovery from RAW images. • Create HDR images from multiple JPGs or RAWs. • 40 1-Click Styles are a great way to get started with HDR. • 3 Different style sizes, and ability to mark your favorites. • Define your "Style" by creating custom 1-Click Styles. • Find inspiration for your next image with the included styles. • Use our localized defocus extra, to create a sense of depth. • White Balance enables localized color corrections. • Black & White (4 modes), brings out texture & shapes. • Localized Contrast; to enhance detail in certain areas. HDRtist NX was awarded a 2020 Xojo Design Award, for best consumer application. https://www.xojo.com/designawards/ * Free trials are limited to once per customer, and like Payments, are handled by Microsoft Inc.

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    Software Installation Requirements

    PC Compactibility/Requirements for Installation

    Compactible OS list:
    1. Windows 11
    2. Windows 10
    3. Windows 8.1
    4. Windows 7
    5. Windows Vista

    Requirements for MacOS Installation

    Intel, 64-bit processor, OS X 10.7 or later.

    Compactible OS list:
    1. OS X 10.10: Yosemite
    2. OS X 10.11: El Capitan
    3. macOS 10.12: Sierra
    4. macOS 10.13: High Sierra
    5. macOS 10.14: Mojave8
    6. macOS 10.15: Catalina
    7. macOS Big Sur (macOS 11)


    HDRtist - Is it safe to download?

    Yes. The app is 100 percent (100%) safe to download and Install. Our download links are from safe sources and are frequently virus scanned to protect you

    Software Reviews and Critisims

    • By HighSierraShooter

      This is a MUST HAVE!

      I am a photographer and currently use Photomatix as my HDR program and Photoshop as my primary editing software. I downloaded this HDRtist app just to see what it would do and I am amazed! It downloaded and installed in about a minute and launched perfectly. To create my first HDRtist high dynamic range image, I dropped in a three exposure set of images, (-1EV, even and +1EV), that I have already used in Photomatix and within a few seconds I had an HDR image. The image was definately HDR and VERY sharp! Obviously HDRtist does not have the editing capibilities of an expensive software like Photomatics but HDRtist did allow me to save the image in various formats, (including JPEG), which will let the user edit the image further in any software INCLUDING iphoto for the budding photographers just starting out and learning the photo editing ropes. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this app! And remember to have FUN!

    • By graybell

      Fantastic results

      This works really nice. You set your camera to do exposure bracketing, taking 3 photos at once, with under, over, and normal exposure. Then load the photos into HDRist. If you took your photos holding the camera in your hand, then you will probably notice the resulting combined image is all blurred. No Problem! Just hit the "Align Photos" button and HDRist aligns them for a nice sharp image (some more expensive applications do not include this essential feature). Now, all the resulting HDR image shows nice light and detail. Some alternative applications, including some in-camera effects, will produce a distinctly surreal and unpleasant final product. But HDRist produces very nice final product. There doesn't seem to be any controls to adjust the final image, but I'm pleased with the results without any adjustments.

    • By indigoblues65

      Okay, with a couple of annoying issues

      First off, let me clarify that I'm using the "pro" version HDRtist NX2. This app is okay if you don't want to spend $100-$200 on professional HDR software. Has a couple of REALLY annoying issues, though: 1. Cannot zoom in on your image. This is unacceptable, IMO. HDR processing can easily tweak unsavory elements onto your image and sometimes you really need to zoom in to see what your adjustments are doing. Can't do it with this app. 2. On high megapixel images it will export a completely black screen and will also show a black screen when dropping images in to load. VERY ANNOYING. I use a 50 MP camera and at full resolution I get completely black screen imports and exports. If I reduce the image MP's slightly to, say, 45 MP, then it loads and exports fine. I don't understand why it does this. It's cumbersome to adjust the size of each image before loading. 3. Takes FOREVER to export. And yes, I have gone into preferences and made the sggested adjustments. Still the same. S L O W I really wish the developers would fix these two issues. It would make a a world of difference. Until then, two stars.

    • By Red Shoe Laces

      In my opinion ...

      … as a semi-retired professional photographer, this application is all you’ll ever need for doing HDR work. I’ve tried others (including the”PRO” version by the same developer) and I have yet to run across a program that does a better job than HDRtist. BTW, I always save the file as a TIFF rather than a JPEG. Then, I load the TIFF image as a layer (via PSE) on to the original “base” exposure. By adjusting the opacity of the new layer (via the slider), I can obtain the look I want: not too much, and not too little … just right. Bottom line – get this app; you won’t be disappointed. Best regards.

    • By Sir Frosty

      Pleasantly Surprised

      I have an HDR program but it only works on Microsoft Windows. HDRtist is easier to use, very intuitive and produces excellent results. My first test was with a single photo, how this is accomplished is unknown, but it actually works! Working with a sample of three photos, deliberately taken to test my Windows program, produced as good or better results. These three were taken using a tripod so alignment went quickly. I have yet to try with hand held photos. Overall an amazing app. I am curious what the Pro version could do better.