If you’re looking to make simple but powerful edits to your images a new image editor called PhotoEQ from SoftColor is worth a look. PhotoEQ lets you fix colors, rotate, crop, sharpen, blur, remove noise and remove red eye (among other functions). What’s nice about the program is that it works with a split screen view – so you see two versions of your photo, an untouched original and a copy that shows you the effects of the edits you’re making.
The program also supports making changes to images in batches, so you don’t have to correct each photo individually if you don’t want to.
I played around with the free trial (which you can download here) and was pretty impressed with it. The virtue of PhotoEQ is its ease – you can make some sophisticated edits, such as color tweaks, using sliding scales but everything is spelled out very clearly for you on screen and can easily be reversed. Everything is performed on a single screen, so you don’t have to navigate around multiple windows and toolbars. There are also automatic color fixes, so you can let the program do the analyzing and thinking for you. You can choose a ‘style’ of color correction as well, and have PhotoEQ apply color fixes to give your images a “newspaper style” look or enhance colors specifically for portraits or scenery.
As with any easy-to-use program, the downside is that you can’t perform the more sophisticated edits that programs such as Photoshop can handle.
That said, PhotoEQ can handle a range of photo formats, including RAW files, and can save your finished edits as JPEGs, TIFFs, PNG, BMP and PSD files.
The program is also single function – it only tackles photo editing, not organizing or sharing.
As mentioned above, you can kick the tires with a 10 day free trial or purchase the program for $33.
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