Photo Art Studio
Photo Art Studio is a software that comes packed with some elements that you need to create greeting cards, collages, and others.
The user interface of the tool is plain and simple. You can add an image file by using the file browser (the "drag and drop" method is unsupported).
Now, you can edit the photograph by adjusting its brightness (contrast and saturation), tint (hue and lightness), balance (cyan, magenta, yellow), as well as rotate or crop it.
In addition, you can apply various filters which consist of 'Sepia' (scratch effect, dark borders, stamp effect), 'Colorize' (hue, lightness, saturation), 'Wave' (amplitude, width, phase), 'Watercolor' (brush size, sharpness, saturation) and 'Color Reduction' (color count, use single tint, choose color).
Furthermore, you can insert templates of greeting cards (e.g. "Children", "Students", "Christmas", "Romantic"), picture frames (optionally use portrait frame), a frame generator, collages, masks and clip art.
You can also add accents (e.g. negative or color tint filters, set frame width, add borders, soft borders), borders, captions, or select an automatic enhance mode when it comes to saturation, white balance, histogram, lightness, and others.
The program takes up a high amount of system resources, includes a well-drawn help file and is very simple to use by novices.
However, power users would probably be disappointed because Photo Art Studio doesn't provide enough options to fully customize some parts (for example, you cannot adjust greeting cards or collages, and you cannot build them from scratch).
Furthermore, playing with this software can become a frustrating process. Only the "Edit" option offers a small window in which you can preview results in real time before applying them. Otherwise, you have to wait several seconds before any changes are made in the picture. Also, the "Undo" button can only take you one step back.
All in all, Photo Art Studio is a fun tool for first-time users to play with. However, if you're looking for more serious results, then you should try a more professional software.
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