Understanding DPP

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Note: Canon have recently released version four of DPP. It is essentially the same as earlier versions in terms of functionality (but with a couple of additional features) but very different in layout. It only works with the current range of full-frame cameras (EOS 5D Mark III, 6D, 1-Dx etc. ) Canon plan to release an update to version 3 that I believe incorporates the new layout and features. When it does so (and I don’t know when that will be) I will update this ebook. In the meantime, please note that Understanding DPP only covers version three of DPP.

Anybody who buys Understanding DPP from June 2014 onwards will receive an email when the new version is ready so that they can download it.

Have you ever tried using Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software but been discouraged by the lack of a good guide or an understanding of what the program can do? The good news is that DPP is actually quite easy to use and has a lot of creative potential, once someone shows you how. Understanding DPP does exactly that.

This eBook is written for anybody who wants to learn how to get the best out of their Raw files with DPP. It will also appeal to photographers who would like to use Raw, but are put off by the complexity or expense of more advanced software.

The difference between Understanding DPP and a manual or guide is that it explains how to use the software, but also, and more importantly, why you should use it. It’s written for creative photographers who want to use the functions within DPP (such as white balance, Picture Style and contrast control) to make creative images.

Understanding DPP by Andrew S Gibson

If you’ve never tried the Raw format before it has a number of advantages over the JPEG format. With Raw, you can capture more detail in the highlights and shadows. You have more post-processing options; you can adjust white balance and Picture Style, convert to black and white, and correct chromatic aberrations and barrel distortion. Understanding DPP explores these advantages in depth, and explains how to use these functions in DPP, including the new Digital Lens Optimizer.

You may not have realised it, but DPP is very good at black and white conversions and toning effects. I’ll show you how to get the best out of DPP for monochrome – there’s an entire section devoted to it in the eBook.

Understanding DPP is illustrated throughout by my photos – every single one of which was processed using DPP. By the time you’ve finished working your way through the eBook, you’ll be an expert Digital Photo Professional user.


Understanding DPP by Andrew S Gibson

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Note: Understanding DPP is written specifically for the owners of Canon EOS digital SLRS.


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Understanding DPP

Title: Understanding DPP

Length: 81 double page spreads

Words: approx 27,000

Price: £7

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Format: PDF. You can view Understanding DPP using free Adobe reader software on any PC. You can also read Understanding DPP on the iPad using iBooks – the ebook has been optimised for iPad viewing.



  • Introduction
  • The Raw format
  • DPP
  • Workflow

Getting started

  • Getting started
  • Quick check
  • Edit window
  • The tool palette
  • DPP workflow

Processing Raw files

  • Picture Styles
  • Brightness
  • The histogram
  • White balance
  • Contrast sliders
  • The alerts
  • Colour tone
  • Colour saturation
  • Sharpening
  • Lens correction
  • PIC
  • Lens distortion
  • Chromatic aberration
  • Noise reduction
  • ALO
  • Trimming Angle
  • Recipes
  • Transfer images

Black and white in DPP

  • Black and white
  • Why mono?
  • Converting to B&W
  • Digital toning
  • Toning with curves

Converting to JPEG and TIFF

  • Converting files
  • Batch processing

Additional features of DPP

  • Before & after
  • Stamp tool



  • Updating DPP
  • Monitor calibration
  • Comparing DPP

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