ArcSoft PhotoStudio 6
• Supports RAW image files
• Contains organizational features
• Easy to use
• No social sharing options
• Limited feature set
With a Face Beautify feature and a range of filters and special effects, ArcSoft offers a makeover for your photos. If you want good results from a simple photo editor, PhotoStudio provides them – and you also get some useful organizational tools thrown in.
ArcSoft is the company behind apps that instantly beautify your selfies and your profile pictures, so it is not surprising that its PhotoStudio 6 contains an effective Face Beautify tool. We studied PhotoStudio’s other features to see how it looks in comparison with the competition.
There is an ArcSoft PhotoStudio version for Mac and Windows. The program is light, and you’ll need 256MB RAM and 200MB disk space (400MB disk space for Mac.)
While the ArcSoft PhotoStudio 6 program is simple enough for beginners to use, it also includes facilities for more advanced photographers including support for RAW image files, 48-bit images, and larger image files of up to 30,000 x 30,000 pixels. The other popular files are also supported.
Most of the photo editing tools in the PhotoStudio package are simple and easy to use. The tools you need to create better photos include white balance adjustment, photo cloning, a selection tool, photo enhancement tools, cropping, reference line, and more.
Advanced features include the Magic Cut tool, a de-noise feature and the Face Beautify tool. Magic Cut allows you to snip an object out of the picture, and the de-noise feature automatically removes the imperfections in an image due to taking at high ISO. Face Beautify does what the name suggests; enhances the look of faces in the picture by getting rid of wrinkles, blemishes, spots, and moles. You can also brighten the eyes, adjust skin tone, and whiten teeth. You can also remove scratches from photos, and correct images using auto-enhancement tools like auto red eye removal.
Apply filters to your images and choose from special effects like the Toy Camera and the Magic Film filters – Magic Film applies different effects from film cameras, while Toy Camera provides a LOMO effect. Other filters include blur, distort, and mosaic. Once you have used filters you can sharpen them with five different levels of precision.
If you make a mistake or want to go back to how the picture looked in the first place there are 99 levels of “undo” to take you back in time through the layers.
PhotoStudio 6 has a batch-edit macro that you can apply to process many different photos at once with the same action.
ArcSoft PhotoStudio has a convenient addition in the form of a photo management browser, which you can use to organize your photos and scan quickly through your images using tags and ratings to find what you are looking for. Switch to calendar view for a simple way to view the images you have uploaded over time. You can also arrange your photos by size for printing.
But while you can save files in a convenient format, there is no easy way to share images with friends or family. It’s not too difficult to upload pictures to Facebook direct from your image file folder, but it would be nice if there was a shortcut provided with this software.
Ease of use
With not a huge amount of features on offer, this is a simple program to use and navigating through the different options is not hard. The interface is basically Paint, with some additions. The interface could perhaps do with some modernizing but it gets the job done.
Help & support
Help and support choices with ArcSoft PhotoStudio are composed of email support for help with installation and technical issues, plus video tutorials and frequently asked questions to guide you through some of the issues you may be having with the program. It’s not an extensive support set-up but you are not likely to encounter too many issues that need specialist guidance.
ArcSoft PhotoStudio isn’t the most attractive, innovative, or powerful option for photo editing but it offers a quick and simple way to make changes to your photos as well as organize them in a clearer way. The software is simple to use and easy to learn.
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