Graphics editor with filters PhotoFiltre Studio X

PhotoFiltre Studio X is a powerful graphics editor with dozens of special effects, it’s cluttered interface make it quick and easy to use without the need to dig deep into the menu to find tweaking components. Standard features like layer management, cloning, brush, smudge, spray tool, eraser and magic wand are all included, the program can also be used for basic drawing.

The variety of filters included make it quick and easy to turn any photograph into a work of art with a single click, the artistic filters include Pointillizing, Watercolour, Rough pastels, coloured pencil, charcoal, crystallize and many others. Another one click feature lets you add a frame, add an aged effect, blur or deform the image with a submenu of twirling, ripple, glass, lake reflection, etc. You can add external plugins to use more filters and capabilities.

Graphics editor PhotoFiltre Studio
Graphics editor PhotoFiltre Studio

Images can be saved as .jpeg, .gif, .png, .tiff and PhotoFiltre’s own file extension .pfi, but not PhotoShop .psd, however you can open .psd files and most of the digital cameras proprietary formats like Fuji raw, .raw, Minolta raw, .nef, Sony raw, .x3f and a couple of dozen different extensions, image processing doesn’t need too many computer resources, this software will not slow down your computer, it is very lean.

PhotoFiltre Studio can be used to batch process images, applying filters or resizing dozens of images at once, this complete photo editor might not as powerful ad PhotoShop but it has all the painting tools the average home user needs at a very reasonable price, I have used PhotoShop and it is far too complicated for total newbies, if you don’t know much about graphic editors I would give PhotoFilter Studio a try first.

Note: This program is only free for 30 days, after which you are meant to buy or uninstall it but it will still work if you don’t.

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Review photo organizer and photo editor Kestrel GX

This photo organizer and editor supports more than 20 different file types, Kestrel GX has a very easy intuitive to use interface, it will guide you through all the necessary steps when you are editing your photos, its photo editing capabilities should satisfy power users while still being highly recommended for beginners as Kestrel GX will guide you through all the photo optimizing process.

Kestrel GX includes most of the tools a premium paid for photo editor and organizer would include, allowing you to tag and rate your photos making them very easy to find afterwards with the built in searcher, this photo editor supports all the basic functions you can expect from a quality graphical editor, like cropping, resizing, red eye correction, photo sharpening&blurring, colour saturation retouching, brightness/contrast, selection tools to specify partial parts of the photo and some features normally only found in premium photo editors, like batch watermarking, creating PDF files from photos, creating printing templates and converting your photographs to other formats, including exporting your image as a PSD file(Adobe Photoshop format).

Kestrel GX free photo organizer
Kestrel GX photo organizer

You can batch rename photos and view a slideshow of your pictures using more than 160 special effects, this photo organizer software makes for a good alternative to Picasa and the photo organizer ACDsee Pro, there are very few things that an expensive photo organizer can do and Kestrel GX can not.

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