LandscapePro Editions

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LandscapePro comes in three editions, Standard, Studio, and Studio Max. The Standard edition is intended for more casual users or amateur photographers. The Studio and Studio Max editions are intended for enthusiast or professional users.

This manual covers all editions, with features that are only available in some editions indicated.

The following table shows the main features of LandscapePro, and which editions they are in.

Standard Studio Studio Max
Intelligent editing for landscapes
Automatic area selection
Unique controls that adapt to your photo
Picture controls
Free online support
Read and write JPEG and TIFF format images
64 bit has no limit on image size
Works standalone
Read camera RAW and Adobe DNG format
Read & write TIFFs containing 16 bits per color sample
Supports conversion between different color spaces
Supports setting monitor and working color spaces
Support for JPEG and TIFF embedded color profiles
Available as a Photoshop plug-in
Available as a Photoshop Elements plug-in
Available as a Lightroom plug-in
Fast switching between batches of images
Histogram Visualisation

Getting Started

Introduction

LandscapePro is the easiest and fastest way to re-touch landscape photos, allowing you to achieve professional results in minutes.

With intelligent controls that adapt to the features in your photo, LandscapePro allows you to get dramatic results with your landscapes.

The software will guide you through the process of enhancing a landscape photo and is designed to be easy to pick up, with instructions appearing in green boxes when relevant to you. Most users should be able to use the software without ever requiring this manual. If you prefer to watch demonstrations of how to use the software, take a look at the online Video Tutorials. Also, for answers to technical questions there is also an online FAQ.

LandscapePro is available in three editions, Standard, Studio and Studio Max. All three editions are covered by this manual.

LandscapePro is available for Windows and Mac computers.

Getting Started

Take a look at the Quick Start Guide to see a quick overview of how to use LandscapePro.

The Step By Step Guide provides more detailed information about each step.

If you need further help, please visit www.landscapepro.pics/support where you see the latest FAQ, and access our support ticket system. The support ticket system lets you send a question to our support staff. Create a support ticket, and log back in to see your reply.

Top Tips For Best Results

If you just read one page in this manual, make it this one to get the best results out of LandscapePro.

 

Don’t label more areas than you need

The most common problem in using the software is to label more things than is necessary. You only need to label something if:

+ You want to adjust it separately from the rest of the scene
+ It is large and you want to use the depth map

All pixels that are not labeled can be adjusted using the sliders in the unlabeled section, to get them to match the rest of the scene’s contrast, color balance etc. that you may have set in the other sections.

Make sure the areas are accurately defined when they need to be

Areas need to be accurately defined if you are making dramatic changes to them, for instance replacing a sky. For subtle changes not getting the edge precisely will be much less noticeable.
It is best to roughly make your area selections, and return to the Add & Edit Areas selection at a later stage only if necessary.

Don’t push the sliders up too far

Often, you can greatly improve a picture with fairly subtle changes.
Push the sliders up just far enough to get the results you want.
If you go too far, the result can look unnatural or faked.

If you are making more dramatic changes to your image you will need to spend more time defining the areas.

Depth Map

LandscapePro uses your areas to calculate a depth map. The depth map is used for Lighting, Depth Of Field and Depth sections. To get these sections working as well as possible, tall objects must be labeled. LandscapePro uses where you placed the horizon line to work out which objects are tall by looking at which go higher than the horizon. If you are looking down on a scene, sometimes placing the horizon line lower than it should be can get better results because tall objects might not reach the horizon.

Cloud Replacements

Replacing skies requires an accurate sky selection. Many of the selection editing tools can be used to improve the selection. In addition the sky edge slider in the sky section can be used to nudge the sky selection edge in and out.

The bottom of the sky area is used to work out where the bottom of the replacement clouds should be. If you find that the clouds on the horizon are too large, it’s possible there are some pixels of sky selected lower down.

Adjustment order

The adjustments in the Side Panel are applied to your image from bottom to top as in Photoshop (i.e. Whole Picture is the last to be applied). Some of the sliders, particularly the style sliders at the top of each section, can react differently depending on what happens lower down the chain, which means some sliders can occasionally have unexpected results when style sliders are active in sections further up.

If you find that the sliders are too slow, try temporarily turning off adjustments above the ones you are working on.

Session Files

If you want to save your work and come back to it later, you can save a session file. Just choose to save a .lp2 file in the save dialog. If you load a .lp2 file in again, all your selections and slider values are restored.

Quick Start Guide

When you open LandscapePro, you will get the Home screen.

To begin working on a Landscape image, click on the Open Image button. This will let you browse to the image you want to work on. Alternatively, drag an image onto LandscapePro or use the Open With… command from your computer’s file browser.

First, drag the labels from the sidebar on to different parts of the image, For example drag the Sky label to any sky you see in the image.

After pressing Continue, areas of the image will be automatically selected and you can fix them using the Selection Editing Tools .

After pressing Continue again you can optionally adjust the Horizon.

Finally, you will be able to edit the image. Adding labels is optional, and you still get a smaller list of tools for image editing with no labels added.

Enhancing the image

At the top of the controls panel there are buttons for returning to the Home screen, Save, Undo, Redo, and Show Original.

Underneath these you will have the controls for working on the image in the Side Panel down the left hand side.

The controls are:

Add & Edit Areas – if you need to return and change a selected area.

Global Presets – presets that affect all of the other sections. For example a Global Preset could change the sky, the lighting and the ground. Global Presets have no sliders of their own as they are just presets to change the rest of the sections.

Whole Picture – for making overall picture adjustments such as exposure or contrast.

Style or B&W, Bokeh, Vignette – for adding Vignettes, making images, Black and White or Sepia, and adjusting Depth of Field.

Depth – For adjusting colors depending on their distance from the camera. For instance you can choose to brighten objects in the mid distance while darkening nearby and far away objects to draw the viewer’s attention.

Any labels you applied to your image will appear with their own set of Sliders and Presets below. e.g.Water, Mountain, Building, Ground, Grass, Plant, Tree, Object, Person, Animal, Rock, Metal, Sand. Areas labeled Sky have a different set of controls.
Unlabeled – for making adjustments to any areas that remain unlabeled, i.e. areas that are not colored in the Add & Edit Areas section.

Lighting – for making a range of adjustments to the lighting of the whole image.

Fixes – Sliders to remove noise (speckling) and to straighten the horizon and fix lines that should be vertical.