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Serif PhotoPlus

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November 26, 2010    
 
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Serif Photoplus is a photo editing software created by publisher Serif Ltd.

Are You Ready for Better Images with Serif PhotoPlus?

Serif PhotoPlus Product Summary

PhotoPlus is a kind of image editor software manufactured by Serif that has managed to survive the competition coming from other applications manufactured by more prominent names in the software industry such as Corel and Adobe. If you are an Adobe Photoshop Elements user, you may find the PhotoPlus more exhaustive in features, and thus something you can use for a longer period of time. The Corel Paint Shop Pro X3 may challenge it in terms of flashiness and slickness of the interface, but the PhotoPlus is more coherent when it comes to the more advanced tools. Serif PhotoPlus may lag behind in the area of creative hand-holding and the fact that it is a stand-along product may sway you into getting Corel’s bundled products. As a program to use in manipulating images all-around, the PhotoPlus is recommended.

Serif PhotoPlus Features

Serif PhotoPlus gives you the support in controlling all the channels, paths and layers of your photos. You’ll have an easier time working with selections and masks, as well as in editing particular RGB channels, and drawing vector clipping paths if you are working on cut-out images.

The latest release of PhotoPlus also has adjustment layers chosen from a separate panel with customizable presets and a range of non-destructive edits done through Filter Layers, just like what is seen in Adobe Photoshop. The Filter Gallery of the software has been extended with more artistic effects that can be customized by the user.

You will also find a new feature in PhotoPlus absent in its previous releases with the Image Cutout Studio. This aims to make removing objects from a picture less laborious and with better results. For photographers, some added features include Raw Studio which takes care of DSLR shots, the Photo Fix mode which gives retouched photos a stripped-down look, as well as an HDR tool and a panorama-stitching app for those who want to keep up with these trends.

Serif PhotoPlus User Interface

The user interface looks like something that a semi-pro rather than a rookie would be more comfortable with. The screen looks neater than the previous releases, although the color options (5 pale blue variations) could make the program look old. The PhotoPlus’ Welcome screen isn’t that welcoming to newbies as well. The How-To panel beside the toolbox at the left makes it easy for users to execute what they have in mind to the features available in the application.

Serif PhotoPlus Software Review

Serif PhotoPlus X4 distinguishes itself as a stand-alone product that is affordable as well. It also pushes for how easy it is to use and more polished packages for organizing pictures and turning them into web galleries, scrapbooks and the like. While its competition makes their variety of functions their main selling point, PhotoPlus still markets itself as an image editor for general use.

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