I have been using PhotoScape for more than 7 years and thus feel qualified enough to review the program and tell you all about the pros and cons. The program was made for photo editing and to help novice photographers to create works of art. Is this the case or just another waste of space on the hard drive? Without further delay, let’s find out…
PhotoScape – Quick Overview
What is PhotoScape?
PhotoScape is a free all-in-one photo editing program that was created to edit photos taken from digital cameras and smartphones. However, the program goes beyond photo editing and provides much more than just the basic tools. Apart from the editor, there is GIF animation, an image viewer, printing, screen capture tool, batch editing function and filters and effects that can be applied, to only name a few.
The program is free. Donations can be given.
Devices Supported and System Requirements
Vista/7/8/10 and Mac
System Requirements for Windows
Memory – 512 MB or higher
Processor: P4 or Higher
Hard Disk Space: 500 MB
Requirements for Mac OS
Operating Systems: OSX 10.10 or Later
Hard Disk Space: 500 MB
Memory (RAM): 1 GB
The program has two default languages, English and Korean. More language packages can be obtained via the downloadable modules.
How Stable/Safe is the Program?
I have been using PhotoScape for like what seems forever for photo-editing and never had any problem with the program causing interference with my computer and other programs. Used it with Windows 7, 8 and 10 and not once did it crash or become unstable. Unlike many other programs that require constant updates to adapt to newer versions of windows, you can install an older version of PhotoScape and it will still work fine.
PhotoScape User Interface
When you open the program, you are greeted by a circular menu system that has access to all of the tools. You also have an option in the settings to go for a more traditional grid look. The interface is straightforward and easy to navigate with tabs that are clearly marked. It does not take a mega brain to figure out it works, if you can read, you can navigate the program. With new photo editing software, it usually takes time to learn because functions and tools are marked with icons, thus, one has to learn what each icon does. PhotoScape has tabs that are marked, making it easy to get an editing job done within no time.
Any Upsales or Advertisements?
The program has no advertisements and you will never be bugged to upgrade.
PhotoScape – Key Features
The viewer is for browsing images on your computer and then views them as a slideshow. You can adjust the size of the image and drag the picture into the editor tab for editing.
The editing toolkit has a variety of useful tools like resizing, color and brightness adjustment, backlight correction, adding features, red-eye removal, paintbrush, effect brush and clone stamp to only mention a few. The Undo function will help you to revert back to the previous task or you can use the “undo all” if you want to start from scratch. Even though the editor is aimed at beginners, it is still powerful enough to do an awesome editing job that will make you look like a pro. In addition, all the tools are clearly marked and self-explanatory.
This will allow you to edit multiple photos at once. You set the conversion parameters like how to increase the contrast, brightness or size and press one button to change multiple pictures at once.
Attach multiple photos horizontally or vertically to create a final photo.
Use multiple photos to create an animated photo by using AniGif. Set your parameters like the transition between frames, frame interval and so forth.
Create one photo by merging multiple photos on the page frame. PhotoScape has wide variety of templates for this and it is easy to create your own collage. You have the option to round off the corners, the spacing between images and you can even change the background.
Cut your photo into several pieces.
Change the aspect ratio of your image or simply cut out unnecessary background.
Convert RAW images to JPG.
Capture a screenshot and save it on your computer. The captured image will also be placed in the editor.
Find similar faces on the internet.
The tool offers a huge variety of fonts, coloring adjusting transparency, thickness, italic, adding effects and shadows, and so forth.
A number of filters that you can overlay on your image, like noise, jitter, embossing reflection, vignette effects and so forth.
If you double-click an image, you will switch to full-screen-mode, to exit, just press the Esc key. The full-screen mode is more detailed and it is easier to pick up small flaws in a photo.
Allows you to print passport photos, portraits and CDV’s. The main
advantage is the ability to print pictures on one sheet in the form of a preview. You can also install a virtual PDP printer and save your sheet to PDF.
PhotoScape – Pros
An impressive tool that is easy to navigate and work with.
The program works great on older computers, no need to have a “mean machine” in order to run PhotoScape.
Free program with awesome functionality and editing features.
No need to download third-party applications and the program supports various file types.
It is suitable for beginners and easy to navigate, yet powerful enough to do some great editing.
Have a RAW image editor.
I found PhotoScape to become a bit slow when processing files that is huge regardless of PC size.
Conclusion Drawn From Own Experience…
I have been using PhotoScape for many years, to edit the images for my websites, social platforms and for personal use. It is certainly no Photoshop master but does quite a bit for a free program if one compares it to other free options. The interface is easy, clearly marked and does not take long to get accustomed to, making it the perfect program for me to do a quick fix when in a hurry to get a blog post out. The editing features do not disappoint.
I did find that if I run the program for too long (6 hours+), doing editing on big file formats, that it will become a bit sluggish. However, it takes like seconds to restart it and continue where I left off, not really an issue for me.
To sum it up, this program has the ability to make any dull-looking photo look like it was taken with an awesome camera. In addition, with the clone stamp and effects toolkit, one can transform any image in a masterpiece once one is familiar with it.
Do you use PhotoScape or used it in the past?
Please be so kind as to tell us about your experience with the program.