Serif PhotoPlus 6 is a fraction of the price of the high-end software, and is good photo-editing software for the hobbyist. Although it covers most of their functions and tools, it isn't as professional or slick in its output. There are a couple of annoying bugs; using the gradient tool inside a selection produces a fill in the wrong place and the layer blend modes mysteriously change when calling up the property menu. Still, Serif PhotoPlus 6 is very neat and cheap for the photo-editing power it offers, and in the end you get what you pay for. --John Cranmer
Perfect for producing professional looking images and FX for print, multimedia and the Web. Powerful features include:
Capture and create almost any image. Supports industry standard import/export file formats and TWAIN input from scanner and digital devices.
Enhance, repair and tweak your photos for the best results! Adjust brightness, hue, saturation, contrast and more - plus red-eye removal!
A simple effective tools that allows you to see how your image will look [and its size] before you save and export. Simultaneously previews 4 images according to file size and quality.
Creative Tools Powerful tools including Paintbrush, Airbrush, Clone, Smudge and Erase with adjustable brush setting including size, shape, softness and fade.
Layers and Masks
Layer manager lets you prefer and alter specific layers, use masks with graduated fills to create transparent FX.
Easy to use Animated GIF FX
Other features I really like the web related ones, including hotspots and image slicing.
Apparently you can use PhotoShop plugins with PhotoPlus. Not that you would need them...
If you new to editing, not only is this program easy to use, but it is sufficiently similar to PSP/PhotoShop to allow you to follow the step-by-step guides that are scatterd over the web.
PhotoPlus 9 has been recently released, and since I was so impressed with version 6, I thought the upgrade would be well worth while. I couldn't find a huge amount of extra features or fuctionality, and just don't think it was worth all the extra expense. PhotoPlus 6 is excellent on its own - not much room for improvement.
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