When I first installed the program, I struggled to work out how best to use it. In my usual way I tried to work it out by playing with it. However, there are several tutorials on the DxO site and a page in particular at www.dxo.com/intl/photo/dxo_optics_pro/workflow.
Suddenly things clicked into place and it seemed an easy and logical workflow.
The user interface is based round four tabs in the top left of the page
In Select you must browse to the folder of images on your hard drive and choose the photos you want to work on. These are dragged to the project window at the bottom of the page ready for the next stage, Prepare. Here all adjustments are made.
Each of the above categories open up a fresh set of palettes on the right of the window, where adjustments can be made. If we clicked on Detail for example this set of palettes show and anyone can be switched on or off.
The Process tab, takes us to a panel where you can add the files you want to process either individually or in a batch and all adjustments to these files are applied and exported to wherever you would like.
Finally, itís possible to Review the processed files and compare them with the originals. If you would like, the processed image can be exported directly into Photoshop or Lightroom.
Integration with the two Adobe programs goes further than this though. Itís possible whilst in Photoshop to go to File > Import and open DxO where your Lightroom catalogue is available. After choosing and processing a photo it is exported directly into Photoshop.