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PhotoPlus Essentials

by Serif
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  • Media: Software Download

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Platform: PC Download
  • Downloading: Currently, this item is available only to customers located in the United Kingdom and who have a U.K. invoice address.
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  • ASIN: B00CT02ZJI
  • Date first available at 15 May 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Product Description

Platform: PC Download

The Fun, Fast, and Easy Photo Editor

PhotoPlus Essentials is a fast and easy photo editor, with a user-friendly design that makes printing and uploading pictures simple. This affordable software is also ideal for people who want to organize their image collection and explore creative effects.

PhotoPlus Essentials
How-to guides

Helpful on-screen guides appear when you need them so they don’t interrupt your workflow. From straightforward edits like red-eye removal, to more advanced editing tools like layers and masks, the how-to guides will take you through your edits step-by-step.

  • On-screen help
  • Detailed instructions for common tasks
  • "Do this for me" option
  • How-to guides slide away after use

PhotoPlus Essentials
User-friendly interface

Edit in an easy-to-use workspace with clearly-labeled tools and an uncluttered screen.


Get help with almost any task you can think of with written tutorials so you can edit and enhance your photos with confidence every time.

Edit and Enhance

PhotoPlus Essentials
Fast photo editing

PhotoFix has all the tools you need for common edits and quick results. Remove red-eye and imperfections from your photos or crop and straighten skewed images.

  • Fix red-eye instantly
  • Remove blemishes
  • Crop and straighten images
  • Adjust brightness, contrast, and more
  • Apply effects like black and white and sepia

PhotoPlus Essentials
Restore old photos

Repair damaged photos or revitalize old pictures with the smart restoration tools.

Creative effects

The filter gallery offers a quick way to get creative. Simply select an effect and your photo will be enhanced in seconds. And, any edits you make in PhotoPlus Essentials can be easily undone.

  • Apply filters and effects to enhance images
  • Effects can be applied to all or part of a photo
  • Transform photos into works of art instantly
  • Use artistic brushes and stamps

PhotoPlus Essentials
Cutout Studio

Remove backgrounds, people, or objects from photos easily using the Cutout Studio.

Makeover Studio

Create stunning portraits easily – whiten teeth, remove dark circles, add a suntan, and more.

Organize, Print, Share

PhotoPlus Essentials

The built-in AlbumPlus Organizer makes organizing, rating, and searching for your photos hassle-free. Import images from anywhere, then tag and catalogue them before editing in PhotoPlus Essentials.

Online sharing

Share your favorite photos easily with PhotoPlus Essentials. Upload your pictures directly to Facebook and Flickr at the click of a button.

PhotoPlus Essentials
Google PhotoMaps

Show off your photos on a Google map to friends and family. Zoom in to see your pictures in each location, and track all the photographs you’ve taken in different cities and countries.

Simply open a template, add your own text and images, then upload it to the web. Of course, you can always customize the template to suit your needs or start with a blank page and design a completely unique site.

System Requirements

  • Windows-based PC with mouse
  • Microsoft Windows XP SP2 (32 bit), Windows Vista, or Windows 7 operating system
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 215 MB free hard disk space; 415 MB with AlbumPlus Organizer installed
  • 1024 x 600 monitor resolution

Compare PhotoPlus Essentials to PhotoPlus X4

PhotoPlus Essentials PhotoPlus X4
Photo Fix
Easily perform common image corrections and adjustments
Display your photos on a Google map of the world
Filter Gallery
Preview and apply practical filters such as depth of field or transform photos into works of art
Adjust Curves and Levels
Take control of your photo's histogram with freeform RGB curve editing and manage light and dark points
On-Screen How-To Guides
Cutout Studio for Extracting Objects
Filter Layers
Create Frame-by-Frame Animations
Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts
Raw Studio
Edit popular RAW file formats
HDR Photo Merge
Merge photos with different exposure settings
Individual RGB Color Channel Editing
High Color Support
Open and edit 64-bit images (16 bits per channel)
True Grey Scale
Work on your photos in a true 8 or 16-bit grey scale; Convert photos to black and white and add effects that create classic, timeless, images
True 16 Bits Per Channel Editing
Many edits are available in a mode that supports 281 trillion colors
ICC Color Profiling

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost Their Way 27 Feb. 2011
Platform for Display:PC|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
What are Serif up to? Why can I not load and use this software without first speaking to a Serif employee???

If I had paid for this software as opposed to receiving a trial version to review, I would have been spitting mad with all the fuss. No Serif I do not want to upgrade - No Serif I do not want you to keep calling me with your latest amazing offers - and NO NO NO Serif I do not want software that cannot be used without the need to speak to someone first. Life is too short for all this.

Bottom line - if you want photo editing software, pay a little more and get Photoshops Elememts, it's brilliant. Serif, forget it.

I only wish I could give no stars.

I truly believe Serif have completely lost their way.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic, no frills photo editing. 15 Mar. 2011
Platform for Display:PC|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
For the price this software is excellent and cannot really be faulted. It does everything most people could ask of it and does these things well - namely red eye reduction, noise reduction, cropping, file size reduction, teeth whitening and you can even add a tan to white, corned beef legs! The registration process is a faff and to be honest a little cheeky. One shouldn't have to telephone to register, simply typing the product key should suffice. This aside, the software is highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Platform for Display:PC|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I use Photoshop at work and struggle with its complexity sometimes (thank goodness for online tutorials!). So I approached PhotoPlus with some knowledge of manipulating images.

I took a sample picture and used the cut-out feature, the selection tool and the red eye removal tool, and found it incredibly easy to remove a background, take out red eye and recolour a shirt. For most people I think a key issue with photos is removing red eye and adjusting pics that are too light or too dark and PhotoPlus does this extremely easily. It's a very user friendly package and that's what most people will want.

It's not as sophisticated as Photoshop, but you can do a lot of the basic and medium level complexity tasks you find in Photoshop with PhotoPlus and easily.

The package comes with a lot of preset adjustment filters in a gallery, so you can see what each filter effect does to your picture without applying it.

Overall it's easy to use, a bargain in comparison to high level packages and will meet most home-user or small business requirements. Highly Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total waste of time 21 July 2011
Platform for Display:PC|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I along with many other reviewers have had real problems with this software. My system is compatible and whilst the program seems to load ok it just doesn't seem to want to work.

I had high hopes for this software as I was on the lookout for a simple photo editing program. Luckily I was sent mine free of charge to review under the Amazon Vine Program but had I paid full price then I would have been furious.

My advice to others looking to purchase this software is to look elsewhere. I hate writing bad reviews but in this case it is well and truly deserved. Sorry Serif - this is not upto your usual standard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who needs Photoshop? 24 Mar. 2011
By Mark Philpott VINE VOICE
Platform for Display:PC|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Considering that this program is roughly half the price of its obvious inspiration, Photoshop Elements, I would deem it an excelent value for money alternative.

I found it easy to install, though I haven't registered it yet but that seems a simple enough process, and it ran fine from the off.

All the usual desired features are here, red eye removal, cropping, straightening, different filters to apply and if you just want a quick and easy program to apply some 'quick fixes' to your photos - as I do - then you'll find everything you need right here.

And for when I get bored and wish to become more adventurous using layers and the like then I can explore that too.

I would say the program is fairly intuitive to use, certainly no more complicated than the sometimes overwhelming Photoshop. The layout is attractive and it comes with a fairly sizable manual for those who wish to progress to more advanced editing.

I feel I've only scratched the surface of what this is capable of doing, but, so far, it's served me very well with no hangups or odd behaviour!

In conclusion, if it's an affordable and versatile editing program you require then you could easily do a lot worse than this.
I've been very impressed by it and think it offers excellent value over its far pricier rivals!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Life's too short.. 5 Mar. 2011
Platform for Display:PC|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I can only agree with the other Vine reviewers - I can't review this as i'm not prepared to go through the annoying 'registration' procedure. Presumably if you buy it you don't have to do this - or do you? A Diabolical liberty if you do!
Sorry I want something that works out of the box - this is just too much trouble. Might be a fantastic product but you've lost me already - in future I'll stick to book reviewing for Vine, i think. That's a pleasure - this is work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is great for beginner like me 17 July 2014
By jimmib
Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
This is great for beginner like me, but when i contact Serif to register product by phone customer service agent was annoyed i wouldn't purchase latest version. Explained i was only beginner and didn't want it all he would say is (why don't you want this version) and wouldn't take no for an answer. So product 5 stars Customer Service NONE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC Download|Verified Purchase
Good value for the price. It took me a while to get familiar with the format of the windows.
Also, I had to contact company helpline to register the product as a product number was missing to register on-line. Staff very good and sorted this out immediately through email.
Good photo reproduction software to make adjustments to images
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by David Wilkins
2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating waste of money
Bought this wanting a replacement for my trusty old Picture It. What a let down. Couldn't make head nor tail of the instructions or work anything out for myself. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK for the price
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Published 13 months ago by greenfingers
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the box!
Although I have not tried all the facilities, what I have used seem to do the job and well. I do have one criticism though, and that is the fact that some of the facilities are... Read more
Published 18 months ago by John Forrow
2.0 out of 5 stars PHOTOPLUS ESSENTIALS (PC)
I work on windows 8 and the Photo Plus is for windows 7!!!!!! Not made clear when purchasing !!!!! Once the shrink wrap is
broken there is little one can do .
Published 20 months ago by BARRY JONES
2.0 out of 5 stars Needless fuss
The market is awash with very easy to install and use photo editing products, many of which are free. Read more
Published 23 months ago by J.R.Hartley
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This is great for editing photos, can do loads of things to them, including attaching as a panoramic viewed photo
Published 23 months ago by Mommer_bear
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless
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Published on 24 Mar. 2013 by Jennifers Daddy
4.0 out of 5 stars Functional software programme
Installed easily onto Windows 7 system. Straigt forward to use if you are used to photographic manipulating software. Read more
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