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PhotoPlus X2 Digital Studio (PC)

by Serif
Windows XP / Vista
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • PhotoPlus X2 is Serif's outstanding Vista certified digital darkroom dream
  • It offers an unrivalled combination of professional power and usability features
  • A complete digital image editing powerhouse
  • Total power to professionally fix, edit, enhance, and share digital images
  • Powerful and professional-level editing capabilities
  • Dedicated image-fixing studios for correcting common photo and camera problems
  • Support for Photoshop files and plug-ins.
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  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B001C0TSY6
  • Release Date: 23 May 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,967 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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PhotoPlus X2 is Serif's outstanding Vista certified digital darkroom dream. With powerful and professional-level editing capabilities, dedicated image-fixing studios for correcting common photo and camera problems, plus support for Photoshop files and plug-ins, PhotoPlus X2 is the ideal solution for any organization or enthusiast looking to fix, enhance, organize and share digital images. PhotoPlus X2 is Serif's outstanding Vista certified digital darkroom dream. With powerful and professional-level editin


Serif's latest bitmap editor knocks spots off its similarly priced competitors. And it isn't far short of the pro-level either -- PC Plus

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great package overall... 3 Dec 2008
By R. Patel TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is the first time I am using Photoplus. I am a Photoshop man and I've been using CS2 for awhile now. After the installation which was as straghtforward as it gets. The first thing that strikes you is that the layout is similar to photoshop. So, if you are familiar with Photoshop then this package will be a comfort.

When it comes to features it has the ability for layer masks, whereby you can make changes to layers and it isn't deleted, great for graphic design etc. You can even record your actions as macros, which is a boon when you applying to bulk set of images. Another great feature for the price is the ability to edit RGB channels, although you can't go as far as CMYK. In one way this is reserved for professionals and this tool I suspect is targetted at Photoshop Elements.

Another nice feature is Makeover Studio, which allows you to spruce up photos so they look like a magazine cover, it has an option to do it for you, which is great for people who are new to photo-editing, it's limited but still great. You have the normal adjustment layers, but a great adition is Filter layers, this allows you to change effects and also change the overall settings, this one feature adds allot to the package and in no time you will be creating masterful photo's.

Another thing is you can read photoshop CS2 PSD files, I imported a few photos, which had multiple layers and effects and it did manage to retain the layers it lost one effect, but still that was pretty good.

If there is one downside it is the performance of this product and by no means do I have a slow machine, I have a quad core intel with 3gb RAM. But certain large prints took allot longer to process, adding filter effects etc just took longer than in photoshop.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Released this year, PhotoPlus X2 is a great alternative to Adobe Elements 7, and although not quite as polished, it's strength is often it's price and it offers a few more features. Serif rarely sell via stores, and rely on word of mouth and cheap upgrade offers to get new users. The fact they have reached version twelve in PhotoPlus shows they must certainly be doing a lot right. I always used Serif software (DrawPlus, PagePlus) at home until I got free licences of Adobe Creative Suite and MS Office Pro from work (which would cost me a few grand to buy myself). Even now, when I've had to pay with my own money for image editing software, I chose PhotoPlus X2 over Elements 7 or Corel's Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 [largely because of the low upgrade price]. I'm less fussed about image databases and PhotoPlus does everything essential I need to do at home - I am a professional optical microscopy imaging/analysis specialist by trade and a keen digital/film SLR photographer and slide scanning enthusiast.

PhotoPlus's only real competitor's now are Adobe Elements 7 and Paint Shop Pro X2 [both also superb image editors]. Although PhotoPlus now has improved support for hi-end camera RAW images, Photoplus X2 does lack paint Shop Pro X2's support for HDR [hi dynamic range] photos. Also, although PhotoPlus Studio's AlbumPlus SE Pro does let you create slideshows, burn discs and so on, it lags well behind Elements photo database organiser's abilities. That said I shun such image databases, preferring the simplicity of logical folder names and Nero 8 burning software. Also, whereas PhotoPlus 11 [that's still available] runs on just about anything Pentium PC wise from Windows 98SE/ME to XP/2000 (not Vista), this new X2 version is certified for 2000, XP and Vista only.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really quite tricky but I will perservere 1 Jan 2009
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I started using this piece of software as a total novice when it comes to photo manipulation. From the little I do know, I think that there are many similarities between this and Photoshop Elements although this is considerably less expensive.

My first observation was that there seems to be a lot to learn, but there are some very helpful 'show me' features which almost talked me through the process I was trying to complete. However, some of these help pages do expect a small amount of knowledge as I found out, to begin with, that I needed help from my partner to find some of the toolbars I needed to use and was just expected to know where to find.

Having had a good play with some, and by no means all, of the features, I have to admit that I do like this programme and expect that it will get easier to use as I become more familiar with all its features. I have managed to produce somoe simple manipulations already and am keen to learn more about what this program has to offer. I think that once I fully get to grips with it, I believe that this program will offer all the features I need at my level of photography.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Red9
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Serif is one of the UK's leading independent desktop publishing, design and graphics software developer,
PhotoPlus X2 Studio Pack an award winning digital imaging software that is really easy to use and feature rich. With so much software available nowadays, you won't go wrong with this one. It does everything that you will need and all for a great price!

Photoplus X2 has previous releases and this one brings even greater breadth to the photo fixing, image editing and creative power while making the task of improving photos even easier.

One of the really useful features for me with this software is the managment of image collections. If like me you have photo's everywhere, this softare has excellent search and organising capability to ensure you keep and fine what you wnat quikc and easy.

key features include:

Basic fixes - cropping, rezining b and w etc
Automated Makeover Studio - you can do loads of clean up jobs like removing imperfections from portraits - amazing!
Improve your shots with enhanced QuickFix Studio and new tools
New Artistic Effects - Image effects to add such as Comic Book, Textures, and Vignette
Slideshows and Photo Discs - Share photos and artwork with friends, family, and colleagues
Photo Prints and Gifts - Order photo prints, canvases, or personalised photo gifts

In addition it has a simple on-screen feature to deal with red-eye, blemishes, enhance a tan, whiten teeth and brighten eyes, remove dark circles and smooth skin so a full blown cosmetic surgery, it can't quite make you lose 2 stone or turn back the clock too much, but hey it can make you look better!

A professional package of studio fixes and corrections it's a great tool and really good value for money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Although it's an older product, this has tons of features and represents incredible value for money. It works great on Windows 8 too :)
Published 12 months ago by AndyJ1983
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
Love it and still using it as of today

I love all the serif stuff so would recommend it to everyone
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Published on 22 April 2010 by Alan Shanks
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult, unless you already know it
I bought this after reading other viewers comments, but now wish i had paid the bit extra for photoshop elements. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2010 by Pip
2.0 out of 5 stars photo plusx2
not as good as previous photo plus 4 which was a better and easier setup to work with.
Published on 14 Dec 2009 by Mr. C. Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Adequate Image Editor
This is a quick to install and very comprehensive photo editing package.

There are all the photo manipulation tools you would expect to find in high end photo software... Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2009 by A. Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars A good photo editor
In PhotoPlus X2, as with most software of this type, the more knowledgeable you are, the greater the scope of the tools before you. Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2009 by B. Roche
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesnt fully support Pentax Raw format
The main reason why I wanted this product is becuase i've been using Ulead photo impact 11 for years now and it wasnt up to the job. Read more
Published on 16 April 2009 by piccolo
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