Feature-rich: Powerful tools for demanding photographers

DxO PhotoLab is complete, end-to-end, RAW photo editing software, built by experts.

There are two editions of DxO PhotoLab 6. ELITE is our fully featured powerhouse, while ESSENTIAL is the perfect introduction to RAW photo editing at an excellent price.

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Check out the full list of features below.

Image quality and file support

Image correction and enhancement

DxO’s renowned Optics Modules for camera and lens corrections

Automatic application of DxO’s lens correction profiles and camera renderings based on metadata

Download optical modules specific to your gear

Lens sharpness improvements based on decades of laboratory tests

Correction of barrel or pincushion distortion, profile-based or manual

Vignette correction, profile-based or manual

Chromatic aberration correction, profile-based or manual

Unsharp Mask to boost accentuation of details and contrast

Moiré tool to remove any artifacts related to high-frequency textures ELITE ONLY

Ultra-wide gamut for accurate color rendering throughout your workflow NEW

In addition to RAW files, edit TIFF and JPEG files in DxO Wide Gamut working color space NEW

DxO denoising technologies:

Industry-leading noise reduction: DeepPRIME and DeepPRIME XD NEW AI-powered denoising ELITE ONLY. Now fully compatible with Fujifilm X-Trans sensors.


High Quality (HQ) denoising for the most efficient processing

Automatic and manual control over denoising settings, with preview window

Geometry corrections

Optical Distortion correction through DxO’s expertise in camera and lens calibrations

Support for a wide range of file types: RAW, TIFF, JPEG, and DNG*

Support for Fujifilm X-Trans RAW files ELITE ONLY

*RAW and DNG files from supported cameras only. For a full list, click here.


Image adjustment

Luminosity and contrast adjustment

Exposure Compensation

DxO Smart Lighting balances luminosity between shadows and highlights

Selective Tone for more precise control over the range of tones in an image

DxO ClearView Plus to reduce atmospheric haze and enhance local contrast ELITE ONLY

Contrast and Microcontrast editing

Tone Curve

Color editing

White Balance with color picker

Color Accentuation to set saturation and vibrancy

DxO’s camera-calibrated profiles and film renderings

Apply color rendering from camera

Apply classic analog film renderings to photos

Import and apply DCP and ICC profiles ELITE ONLY

Style Toning to apply black and white or sepia tones

ColorWheel: an innovative tool for manipulating color and customizing color channels

Soft Proofing mode to ensure accurate colors throughout your workflow NEW ELITE ONLY

Simulate ink and paper according to ICC profile when soft proofing NEW

Crop, horizon, and perspective tools

Crop and level your image

Select different crop ratios and add custom ones

Adjust perspective distortion with dedicated tools: force parallels, rectangle, 8-point guides ELITE ONLY

View the maximum image area captured by your sensor when in Crop mode NEW

Option to show grid while creating transformations

ReTouch tool

Remove dust spots or unwanted elements with automatic source selection

Clone and Repair modes

Set your own Clone/Repair source

Edit the shape of the area to be retouched using a brush and eraser NEW ELITE ONLY

Rotate, scale, and mirror your source area for absolute control NEW ELITE ONLY


Local Adjustments

Local Adjustment tools

U Point™ technology featuring Control Points and Control Lines: intelligent selections without complex layers

Brush, Gradient, and Eraser tools, and Auto Mask

Automatic and manual red-eye correction

Display RGB, individual colors, and luminosity channels

Available corrections in Local Adjustments

Exposure, Contrast, Microcontrast

Highlights, Midtones, Shadows, Blacks

Vibrancy, Saturation, Hue, Sharpness, Blur

White Balance and Tint (RAW files only)

Available controls for masks

Non-destructive workflow with unlimited masks

Toggle visibility and set opacity for individual masks

Duplicate and/or invert mask content

Set mask sensitivity according to Luminance or Chrominance (U Point™)

Workflow aids


Toggle indication of where highlights and/or shadows are clipped

Display RGB value of pixel under cursor

CMYK histogram when Soft Proofing using CMYK ICC profile

Advanced History

View the full editing history including specific values and changes

Grouped corrections that can be expanded when applying preset in order to track individual changes

Easily revert to a previous editing step

Option to limit the number of edit history entries (Mac only)

Comparison Mode

Compare with the original image, side by side, with a vertical or horizontal split

Compare your image with output versions and virtual copies


Nondestructive Workflow

Virtual Copies

Create Virtual copies and save multiple edit variations of a single photo

Compare the current state of your edit with existing virtual copies

Copy and paste between images: all changes, local adjustments only, all metadata

Selectively paste changes, sets of changes, metadata, and attributes


Create presets

Duplicate, rename, import/export presets, organize into folders

Edit existing presets ELITE ONLY

Create partial presets ELITE ONLY

PhotoLibrary & Photo Management

Catalog free workflow

No need to import images

Browse your disk and edit your images on the fly

Update the database by selecting folders in order to achieve faster search performance

Select, search and filter photos

Apply star ratings, color tags NEW, and Pick/Reject images

Full text search of images using a range of criteria

Search by Color tags NEW

Metadata management

Import and display Exif and IPTC metadata

Edit Exif and IPTC data ELITE ONLY

Selectively copy and paste metadata from one image to multiple others ELITE ONLY

Synchronize metadata changes with third-party applications


Add and manage keywords, create keyword hierarchies

Drag and drop keywords to organize them in a tree view list


Create projects to group selection of images, independent of their folder

Create groups of projects, and then drag and drop to organize your virtual collections NEW

Add all selected photos when creating a collection

Drag and drop images into projects

More organizing tools

Batch file renaming

Adjust capture time

Drag files to folders to copy or move them

Flexible selection and sorting options

Transform orientation

Rotate 90° clockwise/counterclockwise while browsing


Customizable export settings

Direct export to specific application on right click

Create custom Export settings

Create multiple parallel exports ELITE ONLY

Apply watermark by selecting watermark preset ELITE ONLY

Apply or remove attributes and metadata

When exporting, specify a folder or choose a destination related to the location of the original image(s).

Apply original or custom ICC profile, sRGB or Adobe RGB

Specify image size

Export files to JPEG, TIFF, and DNG

Send photos to an external editor

Launch photos in other programs

Specify third-party application in Export dialog

Direct access to Nik Collection plug-ins (if installed)


Create your own watermarks, adjust size, opacity, blend modes, save as presets ELITE ONLY


User Interface

Customizable workspaces

Reposition and hide panels and corrections, collapse and expand all palettes

Filter displayed corrections by category

Search field to quickly find the tools you’re looking for ELITE ONLY

Add your most-used tools to a favorites palette for quick access, or create custom palettes ELITE ONLY

Display only the tools that are actively making changes to an image ELITE ONLY

Multiple monitors, fullscreen and high-resolution display support

Place palettes and grid view navigator on a second monitor

Review images in fullscreen mode

Auto update or get notifications for updates


Display out of gamut warning

Destination out of gamut warning


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