Soft­ware

The photo-edit­ing pack­age for begin­ners and so­cial me­dia fa­nat­ics alike

Digital Photograper - - Contents -

Two photo-edit­ing op­tions are put un­der the spotlight

Try­ing to achieve pro­fes­sional-look­ing re­sults on a begin­ner’s bud­get is per­haps the first stum­bling block that ev­ery photo edi­tor goes through when they first pick up a cam­era. Do you spend a lot of money on great soft­ware, when you’re not well-versed enough at edit­ing your snaps, or do you master cheaper soft­ware and up­grade when you out­grow it?

CYBERLINK’s PHOTODIRECTOR 9 is a pack­age that meets you some­where in the mid­dle when it comes to that ques­tion. At £79.99, it’s ex­tremely af­ford­able when you com­pare it to some its peers, but it cer­tainly doesn’t scrimp on fea­tures be­cause of its low price.

The soft­ware is easy to nav­i­gate, with tabs along the top for dif­fer­ent edit­ing op­tions; Ad­just­ment and Edit are the most use­ful tabs, and can help you make ef­fort­less tweaks to your snaps in no time. The pro­gram can cer­tainly match more ad­vanced sub­scrip­tion pack­ages when it comes to its slid­ers, too.

There’s plenty new in this edi­tion of the pro­gram. The new Sharpen and Clar­ity tools are fan­tas­tic and can un­lock hid­den depth in your images, while the De­haze tools are per­fect for land­scape shots. As 360-de­gree cam­eras are be­com­ing more pop­u­lar, PHOTODIRECTOR 9 boasts sup­port for 360-de­gree shots with im­mer­sive tools for edit­ing such pic­tures; you can cre­ate ‘Lit­tle Plan­ets’ or panospheres in the pro­gram, and panora­mas are eas­ier than ever to achieve.

A GIF fea­ture has been added too, and it’s re­ally fun to play around with if you fancy turn­ing your video footage into an an­i­mated im­age. What’s great about PHOTODIRECTOR is that it feels as much a se­ri­ous photo-edit­ing tool to help you im­prove your skills as it does a great pro­gram for edit­ing for so­cial me­dia.

PHOTODIRECTOR 9 is ideal for photo-edit­ing begin­ners, but it’s ca­pa­ble of re­main­ing your pro­gram of choice as you de­velop your skills. The tools are im­pres­sive con­sid­er­ing its price.

SRP: Ul­tra: £80/$100, Deluxe: £50/$60 OS: Win­dows 7 or later, OS X 10.9 or later

DOWN­LOAD THE TEST SHOTS www.file­silo.co.uk/dig­i­talpho­tog­ra­pher

Left AD­JUST­MENT

Use ei­ther man­ual slid­ers or sim­ple-to-ap­ply pre­sets to tweak the colour, con­trast or tone

of your photos in a mat­ter of min­utes

Be­low top EDIT OP­TIONS

Make big­ger trans­for­ma­tions to pic­tures us­ing the Edit tab, such as the Con­tent

Aware Re­moval tool

Be­low bot­tom

LAY­ERS

For photo edi­tors that want to get even more in-depth with their shots, lay­ers en­able you to

stack ef­fects and change the blend mode

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SUM­MARY

EASE OF USE VALUE FOR MONEY FEA­TURES

QUAL­ITY OF RE­SULTS

OVER­ALL

A VER­SA­TILE, THOR­OUGH AND EASY-TO-USE PIECE OF SOFT­WARE, PHOTODIRECTOR 9 IS THE PER­FECT PACK­AGE FOR A BEGIN­NER BUT CAN OF­FER GOOD FEA­TURES FOR SOME­ONE MORE AD­VANCED TOO

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