Photo editing can be a taxing and time-consuming job if you don’t have a proper and professional photo-editing tool. To edit your favourite shots or create innovative digital art for your company proposals or marketing material without a good photo editing software might occupy a lot of your valuable time and yet yield unsatisfactory results. There are many types of photo editing software available in the market such as Adobe Photoshop Element, Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo, PhotoPlus, Photo Suite, ACDSee Photo Editor, PaintShop Pro, FotoFinish Suite, Photo Explosion, Photo-Impression, and so on. Generally good photo editing applications feature some common functions. For instance, they are easy to use, support various formats, have powerful editing functions, are able to assist in organizing the photos, come with sharing capabilities and provide comprehensive tutorials to guide you. The features and functions normally come together with the price you pay. A superb professional photo editing tool will usually cost you an arm and a leg. Having said that, if you are looking for a reasonably good photo-editing tool which doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket, you can try this professional photo-editing tool, PhotoPerfect.

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Free to try for 14-days and costs you $59.99 to buy, PhotoPerfect actually combines the power of professional photo-editing tools with the simplicity of one-click image optimizations to give both professional photographers and photo enthusiasts the power to create the best possible images. The one-click optimization will help users to enhance their photo quality better in a shorter time. Like other photo editing applications, PhotoPerfect comes with all the necessary image enhancement functions such as exposure correction, selective colour saturation, colour balance and so on. The built-in functions are sufficient for an amateur photographer to utilize.

PhotoPerfect is now in Version 2.90 build 117. The processing engine for this version has been upgraded. The speed and accuracy of this version has improved relatively as well. Have a look at the features available for this photo-editing tool:

Automatic image enhancement
• Fully automized one click image optimization with the included algorithm Xe847
• Even further enhanced automatic image optimization with the optional plugins i²e, Xe847 ProPlus or Perfectly Clear (including automatic detection & removal of red eye effects)

Essential image enhancement functions
• Brightness and contrast correction
• Correction of flash effects, backlight effects and shadow brightening
• Remove red eye effects
• Saturation setting (also selective)
• Comprehensive histogram correction facilities
• Perform retrospective white balance
• Color balance, color temperature, stepless channel switch
•Noise suppression / Color noise suppression

Advanced image enhancement functions
• Various advanced softening and sharpening tools (USM)
• Lab curves for editing images in Lab color space
• Band filter for removal of symmetrical distortion
• 16 bit support for RAW and TIFF files
• Import and edit RAW files
• Merging with Dynamic Range Increase (DRI)
• Remove color casts using multi-stage gray balance technique
• Comprehensive masking functions
• Color vibrance for selectively tweaking the saturation of over- or under saturated areas
• Brightness gradient
• Intelligent retouching function with repair and remove brushes
• MonochromiX extension for advanced black & white (grayscale) conversion
• Color management for monitor display and output on various devices
• ‘Replace masked area’: insert masked image area from original image
• Generate, edit and save Exif and IPTC data

Optical correction features
• Automatic pincushion reduction
• Correct converging lines
• Reduce vignetting
• Superb Shift correction
• Remove hot pixels and stuck pixels

Reshaping, manipulating, and resizing
• Cut images to predefined or custom formats
• Improved interpolation with scaling, rotating and masking (Resizing an image will create results superior to leading digital imaging applications)
• Enlarge or reduce images using various techniques
• Retouching (free drawing, cloning, shading etc.)
• Insert logo, date and text
• Lossless rotation and cropping
• Measure and mark image content

Printing
• Print pages from pre-defined templates
• Print several images on one page
• Print index pages
• Print poster or panorama view over several pages
• Date insertion
• Save print drafts for further use
• Series print

Configurability and expandability
• Savable window and key combination profiles
• Integrated scripting engine for VB- und JScripts
• Native scripting language PPScript with more than 250 commands
• Improved support for Photoshop compatible plugins
• Macro functionality
• Custom keyboard assignments
• Customer specific extensions
• Photo formats and plugins in processing resources
• Optimized support for external print services
• Configurable multi-dialog for creating custom workflows
• Measurements in either inches or cm

File functions
• Send images by email directly from PhotoPerfect
• Image conversion into various formats
• Integrated, fast image viewer
• New, scriptable batch processing
• Trigger script upon saving of image
• Create image lists (can also administer image lists on web server)
• Transfer images from digital or video cameras, scanners or card readers to the PC
• File groups for better file handling
• Exif overview data in status line

Addtional features
• Integrated framing tool
• Generate mosaic images
• Create stereo images
• Slide show (under XP direct to CD)
• Direct execution of external image viewers and editors
• GPS support
• GPS track import via external script
• Import GPS data from a NMEA tracklist
• Save GPS information and import/export as Google Earth file
• Support for dual core processors
• Optimization for 16 bit (LCD) displays

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