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Image browser and viewer with a familiar Windows Explorer-like user interface
True Full Screen viewer with image zoom support and unique fly-out menu panels
Crystal-clear and customizable one-click image magnifier
Powerful image editing tools: Resize/resample, rotate/flip, crop, sharpen/blur, adjust lighting/colors/curves/levels etc.
Eleven re-sampling algorithms to choose from when resizing images
Image color effects: gray scale, sepia, negative, Red/Green/Blue adjustment
Image special effects: annotation, drop shadow, framing, bump map, sketch, oil painting, lens
Draw texts, lines, highlights, rectangles, ovals and callout objects on images
Clone Stamp and Healing Brush
Superior Red-Eye effect removal/reduction with completely natural looking end result
Multi-level Undo/Redo capability
One-touch best fit/actual size image display support
Image management, including tagging capability, with drag-and-drop and Copy To/Move To Folder support
Histogram display with color counter feature
Compare images side-by-side (up to 4 at a time) to easily cull those forgettable shots
Image EXIF metadata support (plus comment editing for JPEGs)
Configurable batch processing to convert/rename large or small collections of images
Slideshow creation with 150+ transition effects and music support (MP3, WMA, WAV...)
Create efficient image attachment(s) for emailing to family and friends
Print images with full page-layout control
Create fully configurable Contact Sheets
Create memorable artistic image montages from your family photos for personalized desktop wallpapers (WallpaperAnywhere)
Acquire images from scanner. Support batch scanning to PDF, TIFF, JPEG and PNG
Versatile screen capture capability
Powerful Save As interface to compare image quality and control generated file size
Run favorite programs with one keystroke from within Image Viewer
Offer portable version of the program which can be run from a removable storage device
Configurable mouse wheel support
Support multiple program skins
Support dual-monitor configurations
Support touch interface (tap, swipe, pinch)
There are built-in Windows tools to manage graphics, but their capabilities are very limited. So if you like to take pictures with a digital camera or just work with graphics files, you should think of an alternative solution. FastStone Image Viewer could be the great alternative. Its main purpose is image viewer, but this program also can handle photos, including batch processing. Using this piece of software one can rename files, change the resolution of the picture, manage color correction, etc. In addition, FastStone Image Viewer supports RAW and displays metadata about the photo EXIF. With the help of this program, you can create slideshows, decorate it with various transition effects and add background music. The full-screen mode is very informative. You can just watch the photos or turn the cursor to the side of the screen and apply some effects, do the edits, explore the EXIF info or choose the other photo in the folder. I often use the batch process feature to convert files to another format. FastStone Image Viewer can quickly convert a JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, TIFF and JPEG2000 formats, including the files in the nested folders. Such image settings like color depth, resolution, orientation could be modified on the fly for the whole batch. It is also possible to add watermarks, frames and effects while converting, to set the destination folder. There is also the batch rename feature. FastStone Photo Resizer can rename the files by adding the counter at the end of the name, to find and replace characters in the file names. The selected conversion and renaming settings can be saved for future use.
According to statistics, most users do not use even the half of feature-rich programs' capabilities. One of the reasons — is that people just don't know about this or that feature or can't find it in the interface. The Photoshop Elements users may refer to Guided Edit image editing mode. It provides access to frequently used editing functions. In this mode, all tools are divided by the tasks. There are color correction, lighting and exposure, basic editing and other categories. When the user chooses a tool, its settings open directly on the Guided Edit panel. Photoshop Elements supports the layer masks. The value of the mask layer is difficult to overestimate. The processing of the images using layer masks blurs the line between amateur and professional photography. Using the masks, it is possible to do the restoration of damaged photographs, to get the endless possibilities of photo collages creation, to retouch and so on. Adobe Photoshop Elements includes the Organizer module. It helps to synchronize files between multiple PCs, to add smart tags to photos (for example, marks not clear photos or with contrast lack) and to recognize the people's faces on the images. You can use these tags to filter images. For example, it is easy to quickly find all the good pictures with your grandma. One of the features that is available from the Organizer window is direct upload of photos and videos on the Facebook. After selecting the appropriate option you will need to login with Facebook and allow to perform the actions through Adobe applications. After successful authorization Photoshop Elements will remember your login. You will only need to choose the files you want to upload, specify the albums for the photos uploading, as well as to decide the visibility status of files – for friends, for friends of my friends or for the everyone.
Friday 06 May 2011
FastStone Photo Resizer, which is also available as a portable tool for running on USB flash drives, allows you to select a large group of images from multiple folders, then convert them into a different format, rename them and even perform a host of batch image-processing functions, such as resizing, colour correcting or adding a watermark.More about FastStone
Wednesday 31 December 1969
Whether you are considering Photoshop Elements as a new user or as an upgrade for an older version, Photoshop Elements 11 is a choice you likely won't regret. Photoshop Elements 11 offers flexibility, maturity, and has the power and expertise of of industry-leader Adobe behind it.More about Adobe Photoshop Elements
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