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Features and Interface

Designed for Retouching Images at Ultimate Quality A GUI That 'Knows' Your Workflow Capture NX-D includes a wealth of features and a display that reflects its designers' mastery of the processing workflow. Features such as batch processing ensure that work proceeds with unparalleled speed, and Nikon has designed the interface as only a camera manufacturer can, emphasizing flexibility in support of smooth operation and a logical workflow.

Image Editing Options Tailored for RAW Processing

Nikon's Original RAW Processing Software

RAW processing depends heavily on the algorithms employed in the image-processing applications you use. The Capture NX-D software employs a RAW processing engine developed by Nikon. By making full use of the shooting information supplied by Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses, you can take image crafting to a level that only Nikon can achieve.

Nikon's Original RAW Processing Software that Gives You Nikon's Image Creation

A Variety of Image Editing Features

Exposure compensation, white balance, and Picture Control tools are available only with RAW (NEF/NRW) images. Exposure compensation also offers an Active D-Lighting option that prevents loss of detail in highlights and shadows.
The white balance tool lets you adjust color temperature and hue, or you can use the gray point sample tool to adjust white balance so that a sampled pixel takes on a neutral gray color. The Picture Control tool lets you freely modify Picture Control parameters and change the Picture Control from that selected with the camera.

A Variety of Image Editing Features Designed for RAW Images

Image Dust Off (RAW Images Only) feature incorporated

Capture NX-D offers Image Dust Off, a feature that effectively reduces the effect of dust and other foreign objects on photographs. The camera records a reference image ("Image Dust Off data") that maps the location of dust on the low-pass filter (or on the optical filter, in the case of cameras without a low-pass filter). Subsequent photographs can automatically be compared to the reference image to mitigate the effects of dust.

Use batch processing to apply the same modifications to multiple images

Batch processing can be used to apply the same modifications to all the images in a folder and save the images in a different format.
The settings for the current image can be applied to all the images in a folder, and the modified images can then be saved in another format.
You can also enlarge or reduce images and choose the destination folder and file names.

Efficient synchronized processing option available
By selecting the Synchronize Edits option from the Tool menu, and adding new files to the same folder as the currently displayed image, the same image adjustment parameters of the currently displayed image will be applied to those image files automatically.
Using Camera Control Pro 2 for example, you can select a folder to save the images in, then adjust the brightness and white balance with the first shot, and apply the same adjustment settings to all the subsequent shots as they are displayed.

Use batch processing to apply the same modifications to multiple images

In addition to RAW (NEF/NRW) images, you can also edit JPEG and TIFF files

Capture NX-D can be used to edit JPEG and TIFF files. Modify overall brightness and contrast, adjust hue, and make use of a variety of features, including noise reduction, lens correction, LCH editor, straighten, unsharp mask, and levels and curves.

In addition to RAW (NEF/NRW) images, you can also edit JPEG and TIFF files

Floating palettes make good use of the large-size display

Each tool has its own floating palette that can be positioned anywhere in the display. You can use two monitors to secure a large space for the image area. Palettes can be merged and moved together.

Floating palettes make good use of the large-size display

Varied Image Display Formats

Choose from thumbnail, combined, preview, and full-screen displays. Choose combined-thumbnails-and-previews to display the thumbnails wherever it's convenient: above, below, or to either side of the preview. You can also compare images side-by-side or display before-and-after views of the same image. When an image is scrolled or zoomed in the side-by-side display, the remaining images will be scrolled or zoomed to match, allowing you to adjust settings without losing sight of your target.

  • Thumbnail: Quickly find the image you're looking for

    Thumbnail: Quickly find the image you're looking for

  • Preview: View images one at a time

    Preview: View images one at a time

  • Combined: Thumbnails can be displayed above, below, or to either side of the preview

    Combined: Thumbnails can be displayed above, below, or to either side of the preview

  • Full screen: Hide palettes and toolbars to view images at full screen

    Full screen: Hide palettes and toolbars to view images at full screen

  • Compare images: Compare two or four different images

    Compare images: Compare two or four different images
    (four-image option available only with 64-bit OS)

  • Compare before-and-after images: View the original of an image to which RAW processing has been applied

    Compare before-and-after images: View the original of an image to which RAW processing has been applied

  • Thumbnails and previews can be freely positioned in floating palettes

    Thumbnails and previews can be freely positioned in floating windows

  • Filtering: Filter images by criteria such as camera model, lens focal length, and shutter speed

    Filtering: Filter images by criteria such as camera model, lens focal length, and shutter speed

Tips for a Smooth Workflow

Learn how to use Capture NX-D efficiently

Combination Tools

Select the Combination Tool while previewing image, then double-click images to alternately zoom to 100% or fit the full image to the palette. To scroll, left-click and drag the image; to quickly determine your current location, display the navigation (bird's eye) palette as described below. Right-clicking will also show a pull-down menu for various options.

Navigation (Bird's Eye) Palette

To view a navigation palette showing a smaller version of the entire image, select Bird's Eye in the Window menu. When the image is zoomed in, the frame in the navigation palette shows the location of the portion of the image currently visible in the preview area. Drag the frame to view other areas of the preview, or use the mouse wheel in the navigation palette to zoom in or out.

Using shortcut keys

Images can be labeled easily with the numeric keys: ratings can be added with Shift + Number keys – all without mouse clicks or operation. Also, 100% zoom preview can be switched to fit the palette by pressing the 'E' key, enabling instant overview of an image while making adjustments.

Adjust toolbar size to suit your preferences

The toolbars offer an intuitive selection of display formats, image editing options, and other tools. To size tools according to the task or to make the icons easier to see, simply right-click the toolbar.

Brightness and Saturation

The LCH editor offers a choice of channels that can be used to adjust brightness and color saturation at selected points. The Master Lightness channel can be used to adjust brightness without affecting chroma (saturation) or hue, while Chroma can be used to adjust the brightness of a specific color (for example, to change the brightness of the sky without altering its saturation or hue).

Frequently Used Folders

For a smoother workflow, use the fly-out menu in the folder palette to access recent folders or to save and recall frequently used folders.

Other Applications

Adding imaging applications to the 'Open with' icon in the toolbar lets you pass high-quality, 16-bit TIFF image data to the selected application with a click of the icon. By ensuring that the image need not be saved before being passed to another application, sidecar files eliminate the need to convert each file to TIFF or JPEG.