PhotoPlus X6 - Great-Value Photo Editing Software

1/11/2013 9:04:49 AM

Serif’s PhotoPlus X6 moves up a gear, with a swathe of new features

In this latest release of PhotoPlus, Serif has made a wide range of changes, adding new features and improving other. For my money, though, one of the most important improvements is the new 64-bit engine. This allows users with 64 bit systems to address as much RAM as they have installed, making the program far quicker and, as a result, more productive. It will also allow you to handle far larger files without slowing down the workflow. In addition, you’re less likely to try different options if you spend more time waiting for the program to process your commands than you do actually using them.

PhotoPlus X6

PhotoPlus X6

The first Raw Studio supplied with PhotoPlus was really quite basic, with not much in the way of editing tools available. It was simply a method of incorporating Raw capability into the program, whereas in this latest version, Serif has added a lot more functionality, with filters for noise reduction, lighting, lens distortions, chromatic aberration and more. On the left of the dialogue there’s a favourites panel, where you can try a few instant fixes from a cocktail of different filters. You can also save any adjustments you make, to create your own set of filters. Another improvement to the Raw Studio is the addition of masks, which allows you to apply changes and effects to specific areas without leaving the studio.

The big advantage of using the Raw format is that the image is saved without any form of pre-processing in the camera, giving you the opportunity to change things like the white balance, sharpness, and saturation after the exposure is made. This gives you much greater control over the final image, because you’re working on what is essentially a non-destructive form of digital negative.

PhotoPlus X6

The powerful tools and features in PhotoPlus X6 can help you take on any photo editing task. It has everything you need to do anything from simple adjustments to creating complex compositions using many different images.

In previous versions, cropping an image was a one-way street; once the image was saved the crop was permanent. Now this information is saved with the file, so you can re-crop, or recover the original cropped part of the image at any time in the future.

If you’re working on images with trees or a portrait with lots of hair or, in fact, any image with fine detail, it’s very difficult to select just what you want. Well, the smart selection and smart edge refinement technologies built into this version make that task a lot easier. You simply start by drawing close to the section that you want to isolate, and the selection quickly identifies the area you want and makes the selection for you. You can still reduce the brush size and go in to refine the selection even more, or you can simply use the edge refinement option that will do it for you. This is another new feature I was very impressed with.

Edit and enhance photos of family, friends, and holidays in no time with the easy-to-use tools in our great-value, must-have photo editing software.

When you’re masking a section of an image, it’s not always possible to mask exactly what you want. With the new vector mask tools you can, because like any form of vector, they are always editable, so you can create smooth curves using the normal vector line, paths and shape tools.

Last but not least, the depth of field effect now includes a Tilt-Shift option, which makes the subject of an image look like a miniature. By altering the depth of field in the foreground and background, it makes the subject appear smaller than it actually is.


·         Price: $116

·         Manufacturer: Serif

·         Website:

·         Required spec: Processor must support SSE2 instructions, 821MB HDD space, 512 MB RAM, Windows XP or later


·         Quality: 9

·         Value: 9

·         Overall: 9


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