PhotoScape is a freeware image editor with a host of impressive features. In addition to standard image manipulation it offers the facility to split/combine photos, create animated GIFs and much more. For a better idea of what the software has to offer I will now look at the different modes on offer.
The Editor allows you to manipulate the image, fine tune contrast, brightness, levels and add a number of effects and image enhancements. The Batch Editor however is a little more limited and strips out features like the clone stamp and effects brushes that are not applicable to mass editing.
Page mode allows multiple images to be combined in one of several dozen different configurations within a frame. This frame can have a variety of different borders and filters added to customise the look.
Combine works in a similar way but arranges images in a more orthodox manner either vertically, horizontally or in a checker board style.While this mode may sounds more restrictive it actually carries more options for fine tuning than “Page”.
My favourite feature is the ability to easily create animated GIFs in PhotoScape. Once images have been dragged and dropped into the software you simply set the interval and adjust the size and it you’re ready to go. There is even the option to add a transition style to spice up traditionally boring rotating images.
Splitter takes the selected image and divides it evenly into a series of smaller images. This allows the creation of large poster style images using a regular A4 printer in a similar style to Rasterbator.
The Raw Converter does exactly what you would expect and acts and a quick and easy way or turning .RAW files into more software friendly JPG format. Will not be of great interest to the majority or people but handy for photographers with DSLR cameras.
There are also a host of other miscellaneous features that have been given a place on Photoscape’s attractive circular main menu including viewer, print, screen capture, colour picker, rename and paper printer. In all honesty most of these features seem to be added as an afterthought and I see no reason why most of them could not of been integrated into the various image editors. Screen capture for example is just a glorified “Print Screen” key with a couple of little tweaks.
The gem of the batch is Paper Print. A simple but useful feature that allows you to print a variety of special paper like lined, calendar or musical staves easily. There are a few options that allow the changing of colours, dates etc but nothing that complicates the experience unnecessarily.
All in all PhotoScape is well worth a download and is a great way to tackle more specialist photo editing tasks and creating some really interesting prints. The image editors do not have the variety of in depth features available in Photoshop and similar professional software but should be more than adequate for the average computer user. You can download Photoscape for free here.
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