Editing Tools

Bibble 5 Image Editing Tools

Bibble 5 includes a huge range of image editing tools - all totally non-destructive - to allow you to adjust your intially captured images into the exact look and feel you want from your photographs.

Complete Exposure Control

Highlight Recovery

Highlight Recovery in Bibble 5 allows you to extract detail otherwise lost in RAW images that are marginally over-exposed. In the example below, the left image is directly from the camera, and shows a total loss of detail in her arm and shirt. The middle image shows the amazing amount of detail that is possible to recover with Bibble 5's Highlight Correction tool. The image on the right lowers the exposure value by nearly a full stop, providing truer tone and color.

Photo by Valery Landon

Fill Light

Bibble 5's Fill Light tool brightens shadows without over-exposing brighter areas in your images, allowing you to reproduce wide dynamic range images like the example shown below. Controls are provided to select the shadow range to operate on, from the very deepest tones up through the mid-tones, and also gives you complete control over the strength of the effect.

Photo by Jonathan Austin

Contrast Control

Contrast Control expands the range of your image data, making the dark portions darker, and the brighter areas brighter. This is a great way to add “pop” to your images, or to make dull, flat shots like the example below, left have a much greater sense of depth.

Photo by Jeff Stephens
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Accurate Color Correction

Vibrance & Saturation Control

Saturation adjustments make all the color in your images more or less intense. Vibrance, however, is a milder version of Saturation control that preferentially adjusts less saturated portions of your image. This is a great way to add extra warmth and color to skin tones without over-doing other portions of your image. In the example below, the original image is in the middle, a lower vibrace example to the left, and a high vibrance example is on the right. Notice how the differences in the images is most notable in the skin tones - the bright red hats in the three are virtually identical.

Photo by Stephen Eastwood

Color Balance & Mixer

Bibble 5 offers full color balance control also, allowing you to adjust the amount of any single color in your photos quickly and easily. Though this is useful for color photographs, it is also widely used when desaturating to make black & white images.

Photo by Judy Hailey

Selective Color Control

Selective Color Control allows you to pinpoint color changes and other adjustments for a specific color. You can use any of the six primary or secondary colors to select what to adjust, or use up to six custom colors to match colors from your images.

Once the colors to change have been selected, you can adjust that color's hue, saturation, or luminocity. Below, the scarf's original color was quickly switched into two alternate colors. Which is the original?

Photo by Stephen Eastwood

Complete Color Management

Bibble 5 is completely color managed, ensuring that what you see on screen is as close a match as what you get from your printer or a print lab as is possible. Choose from a wide range of Working Spaces - from sRGB to ProPhoto and more, allowing you complete control on an image-by-image basis of your working space. Each Batch Output can easily convert to an alternate color profile, making the color space conversion before sending images to the web quick and easy.

For advanced color experts, Bibble 5 also provides access to “linear” color data and allows you to output images linear as well.

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White Balance

Accurate and repeatable White Balance is critical to digital photographers demanding accurate colors. White Balance control also allows you to adjust white balance to suit your needs and taste, adjusting a “correct” white balance to a more pleasing white balance or to one that better matches the image characteristics.

Bibble 5 offers total White Balance control over your images, with the following tools:

White Balance Presets

White balance presets in Bibble match the same color temperatures as your in-camera settings, ensuring that you can switch from one white-balance to another quickly and easily.

Take a look at the example images below. The six images on the left were shot with the same lighting conditions, but with six different in-camera white balance Settings, simulating what you might see if you accidentially shoot in a “Daylight” or other white balance setting inside a room lit with fluorescent lighting. On the right, you'll see the same six photos after each has been set to a white balance Preset that matches the actual lighting used to light these color charts.

Temperature / Tint Control

Temperature and Tint Controls allow photographers to make small deviations in the white balance of images, usually used to move an image away from “correct” white balance to a color setting that is more pleasing or better suits the image content.

The center image in the example below is the original image, with the in-camera White Balance set to 'Auto' and was taken in the late afternoon. Variations of this original photo are shown, and the only adjustment made was a simple movement of the white balance Temp slider.

Photo by Jeff Stephens

Click White

Click White is the fastest way to get spot-on color every time. In the example below, the photographer intentionally shot the image quite warm, as seen in the image on the left. That warm color better suited his goals for that photo. But, with a single click of the White Balance eye-dropper, we can change that photo to provide more accurate color. Which image is better? That's up to you, and Bibble 5 gives you to tools to be in control.

Photo by Stephen Eastwood
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Noise Reduction with Noise Ninja™ Technology

We've has teamed up with PictureCode to bring their award-winning noise reduction techology to our photographic workflow tool. Bibble 5 offers two levels of Noise Ninja support, “Standard” and “Registered”, which both use the exact same noise profiles and noise reduction technology. The registered version provides additional controls to manage the noise reduction process.

Noise Ninja Standard

The example below shows just how well noise reduction in Bibble 5 performs. There is virtually no visible noise in the skin tones, rocks, hair and other portions of the "after" image, shown on the right. Click and drag inside the window below to view other areas of the two images. The only difference in the settings of the two images shown is the Noise Ninja “Standard” was enabled for the image on the right - using the default noise reduction strength.

Want to see additional examples? Visit this page for additional examples and details.

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Image w/o Noise Reduction
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Photo by Steve Dworman

Noise Ninja Registered

If you want additional control over the noise reduction process, then the Noise Ninja Registered tool might be ideal for you. Purchasing a license from PictureCode will enable these additional tool panels, allowing independent control over smoothness, contrast, and strength of luma and chroma noise. You'll also get the ability to create your own noise profiles, and access to a separate USM sharpening tool to help reduce softening that can be caused by noise reduction. The additional tool panels enabled by purchasing a separate Noise Ninja license are shown below.

Noise Profiles

Bibble Labs provides custom noise profiles for each camera mode, ISO Rating and multiple white balance settings for all the RAW file formats we support. These profiles informs the Noise Ninja technology of the type and intensity of noise your camera produces under the shooting conditions you were shooting at. This allows for very fast, very accurate noise reduction while minimizing the loss of detail inherent in any noise reduction process. Noise profiles for Noies Ninja used in Bibble 5 are not compatible with those from Bibble 4 nor from PictureCode.com, but are custom-generated to support how and when Noise Ninja gets applied in Bibble 5.

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Curves & Levels

The integrated Curves & Levels tool in Bibble 5 can provide an amazing range of affects for your photography. It's a bit more involved than the other controls, which are usually just simple sliders, but mastering Curves & Levels will give you total control over your photographic output.

The Levels portion of this combined tool provide all the standard functionality expected in a Levels tool through the five arrow controls along the bottom and left side of the main Curve view. The bottom three arrows set the black and white point as well as the Gamma for the Input, and the two arrows on the left set the output white and black points. In the example below, the Levels adjusment shown on the left has the results shown on the right using the image in the center as the source.

Photo by Jeff Stephens

The Curves portion of this tool allows complete control over the red, blue, and green color channels, either separately or combined in a single 'Value' curve that affects the overall image brightness. The examples below were made with various Curves adjustments, made from the Presets shown on each image. The last two Presets set saturation to -100 along with the Curves adjustments.

Photo by Jonathan Austin
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Look Profile

The Look Profile control in Bibble 5 offers a set of different tone curve options to start your image out looking great. There are four Look Profiles to choose from, each producing a unique color and tone characteristic in your photos.

The “Portrait” Look Profile is ideal for images where people make up the main subject matter. This profile is rather low in contrast and reveals detail in highlights and shadows. The “Product” Profile is higher both in contrast and saturation than Portrait, making your images pop more. The “Wedding” profile is quite similar to Product, but with more gentle handling of shadows. “Event” offers quite a different look, with richly saturated colors optimized for skin tones.

Photo by Judy Hailey

Lens Correction

Lens correction in Bibble 5 consists of three correction processes that can be used individually or together to help restore detail and accuracy to your images. Geometric Correction is automatic for lenses that we have calibrated - over 350 of them to date. Vignette Removal and Chromatic Aberration Correction are manual corrections that you can tune to your specific shooting situation.

Automatic Geometric Correction

Lens Distortion refers to non-realistic curvatures that occur in images taken with traditional lenses. While these curvatures are sometimes small and hard to notice, other times these can be quite pronounced and detract from the overall quality of an image. Lens distortion becomes more of a factor when dealing with wide angle lenses, lenses with long zoom ranges, or lenses frequently found on consumer digicams.

With over 350 calibrated lenses built into Bibble 5, chances are that you'll get automatic correction for many if not all your lenses. But, if your lens isn't supported yet, you can experiment with manual distortion correction also.

See our complete list of calibrated lenses here as well as details on how we calibrate lenses and how to help if you have a lens that's not on our list.

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Vignette Removal

Vignetting can be caused by several things, but the results are the same - darker corners in your pictures. Sometimes, filters attached to a lens can cause vignetting by blocking light around the outside of the filter. Many zoom lenses exhibit some degree of vignetting, usually at their widest zoom setting. Camera sensors are most sensitive to light that strikes the sensor at the center because the light rays are perpendicular to the sensor surface. Towards the edgess of the sensor, the light strikes the sensor at smaller and smaller angles, causing some sensors to record this light-loss as vignetting. And, sometimes lens hoods, or photographers' hands, block light to a portion of the sensor in an attempt to ward off lens flare.

Whatever the cause, Bibble offers the cure in our Advanced Lens Correction tool. With Bibble's Vignetting tool, you can remove vignetting from any picture. Further, some photographers like the visual effect vignetting provides; with Bibble, you can also add vignetting to an image. Hover your mouse over the image to the right to see a vignetted image, and a corrected image. It's up to you to decide which you prefer - Bibble provides the tools to achieve either effect.

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Chromatic Aberration Correction

Chromatic Aberration distortion (known a CA distortion) is a result of non-uniform bending of light of varying color (wavelength) as it passes through a lens. Zoom lenses, particularly at their widest and longest focal lengths, exhibit the most severe distortion. This distortion appears most at image corners in high-contrast areas, like branches of a tree silhouetted against a bright sky, and is seen as uneven colors around the details of an image. This is typically called color fringing, and is mostly seen in purple colors. CA distortion can be removed by adjusting the data for the colors that show the most distortion.

In the example below, taken at a (35mm equivalent) 16mm focal length, it is easy to spot the chromatic aberration under the branch of the palm tree as a strong magenta discoloration. The image on the right is the exact same image with identical adjustments - except the image on the right includes CA Correction (R / C setting of .13 and B/ Y setting of .1).

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