Photoscape

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Photoscape

A suite of modules containing image editor, file management, presentation and capture

4

Our rating: 

4

Pros & Cons:

Very robust suite type program that can be fun to use. Includes everything from enhancing your photos and adding shapes and clip-art, to creating collages and printing.
Lacks a few of the usual retouching tools and has a slightly unusual menu system and user interface; Bundled with OpenCandy.

Our Review:

Photoscape is a suite of modules. Don't be fooled by the unusual interface that looks outdated. It is easy to use so it is a good step up from a basic image editor. It is also moderately powerful but it would be lot more powerful with abilities like editing many images at the same time, opening and exporting to more file formats, having more pixel editing tools, adding a colour management subsystem, editing meta-data particularly Exif, being able to merge images with High Dynamic Range (HDR), and providing more Raw processing options.

All modules are accessible from the main windows with the main ones having their own tabbed windows in Photoscape. The only module that does not really fit is Paper Print which prints annual, monthly and weekly calendars, lined/squared paper, and music notation sheets. Below are the module details:

Image editing

  • Interactive Editor* (the * indicates that this is one of the main modules) with four menu groups:
    • Home has basic corrections for the whole image;
    • Object has tools to insert Photoscape objects, other images, and clip art into your image. These objects are modifiable until they are combined into the image at which point the photo correction tools can be applied to them;
    • Crop provides provides many pre-set ratios and documents sizes including any size that you want- selections are limited to rectangular, circular or elliptical;
    • Tools to correct selected areas of the image. 
  • Batch Editor* to convert multiple images at the same time. Changes can be previewed before running and the configuration saved or reloaded.
  • Raw Converter to JPEG for batches of files with preview and options for white balance and half-size images.

Image file management

  • Viewer* similar to Windows default viewer except it defaults to thumbnails and displays Exif data.
  • Rename tool with pre-set name formats using dates (file, photo, or current date)  and automatic numbering.

Image presentation

  • Print* batches of images in a range of pre-set sizes and layouts with page preview and gamma control.
  • Page* to place images on one page with frames, vignetting and basic image enhancement.
  • Combine* images into one joined image horizontally, vertically, or in a matrix. But there is no blending of joins.
  • Animated GIF*.
  • Image Splitter to cut an image into many smaller images

Image capture

  • Screen Capture of either a full-screen, a window, or a region.
  • Colour Picker with the usual dipper, magnifier, and colour codes..


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Comments

I have used this program for a number of years. The features I like are the Rotate Arbitrary, Auto Level and Clone Stamp. Ever take a photo of a building with a tilt (apart from the Leaning Tower of Pisa) , or a sloping lake?

The Rotate Arbitrary feature allows you to adjust the image in 0.05 deg increments clockwise or anticlockwise with a slider bar, and gives you a reference grid.

The Auto Level adjusts the brightness and contrast, but is excellent on old B&W photos that have gone brown with age (not sepia photos). One click and the correct colour is restored.

The Clone Stamp is great for repairing old torn photos and removing unwanted artefacts from a photo, such as a rope barrier strung across in front of a vehicle on display.