The photo-editing package for beginners and social media fanatics alike
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/digitalphotographerLeft ADJUSTMENTUse either manual sliders or simple-to-apply presets to tweak the colour, contrast or toneof your photos in a matter of minutesBelow top EDIT OPTIONSMake bigger transformations to pictures using the Edit tab, such as the ContentAware Removal toolBelow bottomLAYERSFor photo editors that want to get even more in-depth with their shots, layers enable you tostack effects and change the blend mode
CYBERLINK.COMSUMMARYEASE OF USE VALUE FOR MONEY FEATURESQUALITY OF RESULTSOVERALLA 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