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PhotoDirector3 Steps Up Photo-Editing Game

4/09/2012 12:01:00 AM Eastern

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. – CyberLink recently
delivered its latest photo-editing software
offering a range of advanced photoediting
features that give photographers
image-processing tools that are easier to
learn and potentially faster to use than some
of the standards like Adobe PhotoShop or
Lightroom.

CyberLink’s PhotoDirector3 ($150 suggested
retail) offers a wealth of advanced
features found in some of the other established
photo programs at an attractive consumer
price point.

PhotoDirector3 has the ability to manage
images shot by shot or in large batches, and
now includes a number of extras, such as
People Beautifying adjustments, that are
easy and useful in portrait retouching.

Additionally, PhotoDirector3 provides an
intuitive workflow and non-destructive editing
system and a new user interface that is
split into five main viewing panels: library,
adjustment, edit, slideshow and print.

The library also presents digital photos in
an intuitive interface and natively supports
more than 40 RAW file formats. Users have the ability to flag, rate, tag and apply color-coded labels to
images to quickly find them again from archives.

Export and Share tools in library support batch uploading
to Flickr and Facebook.

The adjustment screen allows adjusting white balance,
tone, level, color, detail and vignetting in addition to cropping,
masking, red-eye removal and spot removal.

The adjustment tab brings up a histogram highlighting
the color tone distribution in a current photo, and
an assortment of slider controls. A regional adjustment
tool panel enables quick cropping or rotating of
an image.

The software also provides an easy-to-find and use spot
removal tool that makes fast work of removing odd dust
spots and blemishes without the need for clone stamping
and image layering.

Any edits are easily reversible by simply readjusting slider
controls, unchecking boxes or deleting effects.

The program offers presets to save favorite effects and
settings for fast adjustments to commonly adjusted issues.
A number of them come preloaded, but users can
easily customize them to their own particular needs.

CyberLink also provides a large number of preset adjustments
created by program users on the company’s
DirectorZone.com website.

PhotoDirector3 now includes an edit tab that provides
a menu of tools, including
the People Beautifiers that
let editors make fast adjustments
for teeth whitening, skin
smoothing, wrinkle removal
and so forth.

The program also provides
a new watermarking feature to
help control copyrights when
sending images out for proof work.

A slideshow tab carries the basic slideshow creator
adjustments and transition effects, aspect ratio controls,
background music and slide duration. Users can automatically
share the finished presentation on YouTube or store
it as an AVC, MPEG-4 or WMV file.

The software’s print tab offers a variety of customization
options, allowing manipulation of things like dimensions
and print.

For those who need make quick prints, the software enables
dragging photo files from a photo tray directly onto
the print preview.

PhotoDirector3’s also enables applying a complete
range of adjustments to a targeted area of an image with
a fine-tuned adjustment brush, adjustment selection tool
and gradient mask, including intensifying the color or
sharpening details, without touching the rest of the photo.

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