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Serif PhotoPlus X4 [Old Version]

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  • Edit photos easily with intuitive tools and get help from video and written tutorials
  • Professional tools and features enable you to edit RAW files, create HDR images and more
  • Repair old and damaged photos with an expert range of restoration tools
  • Be creative with your photos with hundreds of filters and effects or instantly turn your images into works of art
  • Organize your digital photos into albums with tags and ratings to help you find the photos you want - fast
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Product Details

Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003VTYLI4
  • Item Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Software
  • Release Date: July 23, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,832 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Platform: PC


With PhotoPlus X4, anyone can turn good photos into great pictures. This photo editing software makes advanced tasks, like editing RAW files and HDR imaging, straightforward while common fixes like red eye removal, spot repair, and cropping are always at your fingertips. Fix old and damaged photos using powerful restoration tools or get creative with filters, effects and brushes. PhotoPlus X4 makes editing and enhancing your digital pictures easy.

PhotoPlus X4 Editing
Make portraits look perfect.
PhotoPlus X4 Restoration
Return old and damaged photos to their former glory with scratch and blemish removers.

Achieve Professional Results

The professional level tools in PhotoPlus X4 can help you to create amazing pictures like the experts.

RAW Studio

Edit RAW files from popular cameras in PhotoPlus X4's RAW Studio. An absolute must for anyone who shoots RAW images.

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Create jaw-dropping pictures with an amazing colour range by merging photos with different exposure settings.

Non-Destructive Adjustments

Make adjustments that don't overwrite the image. Adjust levels, curves, brightness, contrast and more.

High Detail Editing

Ensure images for the web are pixel-perfect by using the Pixel Grid for precision.

Photoshop Import and Export

Import and export HD photos and Adobe Photoshop files with layers intact.

High Colour Support

Open and edit 64-bit images with superior colour and image quality.

Photo Information

Display and export useful photo data like date, time, exposure and more.

Edit Photos Fast

Photoplus X4's PhotoFix has all the tools you need for common edits and quick results.

Quick Fixes

Red eye is a common fault that occurs in ambient low light conditions. PhotoFix makes it easy to remove red eye from your portrait photos. The spot repair tool can quickly remove spots and blemishes too.

Straighten and Crop

Quickly and easily correct wonky images and crop images to size. Trace an invisible line along the horizon of an image and let PhotoPlus automatically orient the image to that line. Choose to crop your photos to common image sizes using presets or customise the crop size to suit your needs.

Photo Adjustments

Make your pictures look fantastic by applying popular adjustments within PhotoFix. Adjust white balance, curves, hue, saturation and more and let PhotoFix preserve your original image by creating a filter layer that allows adjustments to be fine tuned or removed any time. Adjustments can be applied to areas of a photograph too with PhotoFix's easy to use mask brush.

Powerful Repair Features

Give your old and damaged photos some TLC and get them looking better than ever.

Remove Objects

Seamlessly remove unwanted people or objects from your photos with clone and patch tools.

Repair and Restore

Return old and damaged photos to their former glory with scratch and blemish removers.

Makeover Studio

Give photo subjects a makeover--remove blemishes, smooth skin whiten teeth and more.

High Quality Resizing

Enlarge or shrink your pictures with minimal loss of quality using Lanczos3 resampling methods.

Quick and Easy Selections

Use the Magic Wand tool and new selection brush to select and apply edits and effects to image areas.

Modify Selection

Preview and modify selections. Choose from contract, expand, feather, smooth and more.

PhotoPlus X4 Filters
Apply practical filters to sharpen images and reduce noise, transform photos into art or add stylish effects like page curl.
PhotoPlus X4 RAW Studio
Edit RAW files from popular cameras in PhotoPlus X4's RAW Studio.

Get Creative

Do more than just beautify photos--use the artistic tools to create truly amazing pictures.

Cutout Studio

Easily remove people and objects from a photo with precision using the intuitive and easy-to-use Cutout Studio.

Layers & Masks

Flexible layer management for creating composite images, plus masks for control over layer transparency.

Filter Gallery

Apply practical filters to sharpen images and reduce noise, transform photos into art or add stylish effects like page curl.

Paint & Pencil Tools

Get creative with paint and pencil tools. There are lots of brushes and textures to choose from or you can even create your own.

Pressure Studio

Calibrate your graphics tablet's pressure-sensitivity in this built-in studio to paint or draw with lifelike brush and pen strokes.

Text Editing

Add text, complete with effects like drop shadow and reflection, to any image. Great for adding captions and comments to photos.

PanoramaPlus X4

PanoramaPlus X4 is the easy-to-use photo stitching software that makes it simple for you to create and share stunning panoramic pictures and virtual reality movies. And this powerful software is yours for FREE when you purchase PhotoPlus X4.

Be More Productive

PhotoPlus X4 makes your workflow faster, easier and more enjoyable.

New UI

Spend less time searching for the right tools--they are intuitively laid out with clear icons.

Automated How To

Follow step-by-step instructions on common tasks and photo fixes in the helpful 'How To' tab.

Great Tutorials

Watch helpful video tutorials and read detailed guides to learn useful tips and tricks.

Multi-Core Threading

Use all processing power in your PC to make photo editing faster than ever.

Highly Compatible

Import and export all popular image file formats including Adobe Photoshop files.

Macro & Batch Processing

Speed up your workflow by using macros to automate complex or frequent tasks.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Assign your favourite tools and functions to any key on your keyboard.

Manage and Share Your Photos

Use the built-in AlbumPlus Organiser for a hassle-free way to view and manage your photos.

Import from Different Sources

Import and edit photos from anywhere and view all your open photos at once.

Manage Your Images

Keep on top of your growing photo collection and find your photos quicker than ever before.


Show off your map to friends and family, then zoom in to see your photos in each location.

Print Studio

Print photos directly from PhotoPlus X4--there's no need to export them.

Optimise Images for Sharing

Ensure your photos are suitable for print or web with the Export Optimiser.

Online Sharing

Share favourite photos via Facebook and Flickr at the click of a button.

Print Projects

Use your photos to create calendars, cards and postcards from templates.

WebPlus X4 Comparison Chart

Product Description

With PhotoPlus X4, anyone can turn good photos into great pictures. Advanced tasks like editing RAW files and HDR imaging are made straightforward, while common fixes like red-eye removal, resizing, and removing flaws from portraits are always at your fingertips. Fix old and damaged photos using powerful restoration tools or get creative with filters, effects, and brushes. PhotoPlus X4’s impressive compatibility allows you to open, edit and export Adobe Photoshop documents as well as all the popular image file types. And with an effective picture filing system, PhotoPlus X4 makes editing, enhancing and organizing your digital pictures easy.

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85 of 85 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than a poor mans Photoshop August 31, 2010
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I read somewhere that this was labelled a "Poor Mans" Photoshop, which is a little unfair, considering what one can actually do with this program.
That said, you had better know what you are doing, or have at least some experience with advanced photo editing.
The box reads - " Digital Photo Editing editing made easy" but if you are only using a simple program like Picasa, or a bundled camera software to crop, brighten and sharpen, this may be over your head.
There are way too many features to write about in one review, most are covered in the Amazon description above, and I would rather talk about how easy, or difficult the software is to actually just load up and use.
For my limited needs, once you get used to it, it's relatively straightforward, and very nice to see large on screen editing before saving copies or printing.
As I already said, there is also a lot of stuff for semi, and even pro editors.
Considering it's about 1/10th the price of the current Adobe, if you want a place to start, this is probably one of the better budget programs out there.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A budget Photoshop substitute September 5, 2010
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You'll find a lot of functionality in PhotoPlus, but its price point puts it among serious competition. It certainly merits consideration.
PhotoPlus opens instantly, which gives it an edge over Photoshop CS5 when I need to do something quickly. For a first test, I went right into an HDR merge. Sure, that's not a mainstream task, but I hope my review will add to what others have written.
Big problem here: the program does not recognize the .NEF files from my Nikon D700 ... or D300, or Fuji S2 Pro, or Canon G10. What gives? I see what's happening; PhotoPlus can open these raw files but does not show thumbnails in the file browser. Perhaps it uses the Windows file browser and cannot see the embedded jpeg thumbnails in the files.
Plan B, I'll open a NEF and see how I like the raw file converter. Options are pretty basic, but unlike Picasa (when I last checked) I can set white balance, explosure, black point, highlight (clip, recovery, neutral), noise reduction (one slider, no option for luminance and chroma) chromatic aberration reduction, bit depth and color space.
The raw converter offers various before/after views and zooming to examine areas in greater detail. Since changes like exposure and highlights take time, but zooming is instant, we know the program is really processing the image in real time, not just the preview. I'll open the image and see if this is true. Indeed, it opens in a flash. I'd rather wait at the end of the process than each time I tweak a setting. What happens when I select two NEF files to open? Each is opened in the raw converter sequentially. Here Photoshop has a big advantage as does DXO Optics Pro, my other favorite raw file converter. These allow you to refine settings for each image in a batch, then go away while they process the settings.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stronger than Dirt! September 6, 2010
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Dirt you ask? Well right now I teach digital photography to high school students. My school is a very poor school and a middle of the road academic school. This means my students want answers now and they are in a hurry to do everything. They can "break dirt." I have Photo Shop and Macs so you would think I don't need this program,technically you would be right but in reallity oh yes I do! This program does the basic things of Photo Shop quickly and easily for my slower students. They can do the basic reguirements for my class with little instruction using this program. It works so well for them that my advance students are fighting to use this.

The bottom line is this: This program loads quickly. The instructions for layering are easy to understand and gets you into the job quickly. This program does the basic things and if you are a part time photographer or hobby one this is all you would need. Advanced students or photograhers who need programs like white baolance, would want Photo Shop.

There is another thing, this for those people who have PCs. Photo Shop is a Mac porgram or the program I have is. Most of my students have PC computers at home so they are comfortable with PCs and this program.

Kids want things now and they don't want to wait, so this program gives them all that they want when they want it. For me as a teacher, it works.

If you want to "totally" control the making of a photo and "get off" having every bell and whistle at your command, then this isn't for you.

My only problem now is I need more PCs in my room.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I prefer it over Adobe's Photoshop CS4 photo editor December 16, 2010
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I am an educator who teaches the use of Adobe's Photoshop CS4 and Adobe's Photoshop Elements 9, plus my employer has provided both of these for my personal home use. Plus I need to mention that I have been a user of several Serif products for over a decade.

Enough background, I use PhotoPlus at home and would also at work if my employer would select it for use in my classes. PhotoPlus has a great cost to features ratio! I puchcased Adobe's Photoshop CS3 Extended out of my own pocket a few years ago and also obtained Serif's PhotoPlus X3 - I ended up giving my son the Photoshop and used PhotoPlus X3 even though it cost 1/3 that of the Adobe educational version of CS3.

Comparing features between the Adobe's new CS5 and PhotoPlus X4 would take forever, but PhotoPlus is not lacking in comparison. On the productivity side, I prefer the PhotoPlus interface and this is probably the primary reason I prefer it over Adobe's photo editor.

Serif is not a commonly known software company, but if you visit their FreeSerifSoftware.Com site and download their PhotoPlus SE you will get a strong idea of of the quality of their software! This is a can't lose proposition that will assist you in your buying decision.
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