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Serif has released PhotoPlus X5 featuring a new PhotoPlus Organiser, Vibrance Adjustment and Clarity Filter. New “sub-features” include Image Stacks, which intelligently group similar pictures, and Smart Albums, which automatically update to include new images added to a collection. It also offers extensive EXIF support to ensure all camera settings information is recorded for future reference and is easily viewable alongside images in the new Metadata tab. PhotoPlus X5 is compatible with Windows 7/Vista/XP and retails at £71.48 including VAT.
Serif Press Release
Serif Launches PhotoPlus X5 – The Powerful Digital Photo Editing Software
Photography enthusiasts, whether professionals or amateurs, looking to organise, edit, enhance and share their photos, can now benefit from PhotoPlus X5 – the powerful and intuitive photo editing software. The latest version from Serif, the award-winning design, publishing and creative software developer, helps users unleash their creativity and achieve outstanding images – all at an affordable price.
PhotoPlus X5 helps photographers keep control of their growing image collection faster and easier than ever before with the new PhotoPlus Organiser. It offers a whole host of sub-features to ensure the albums are easily navigable including: Image Stacks, which intelligently group similar pictures, and Smart Albums, which automatically update to include new images added to a collection. It also offers extensive EXIF support to ensure all camera settings information is recorded for future reference and is easily viewable alongside images in the new Metadata tab.
Other new features include the Vibrance Adjustment, which is an intelligent saturation tool for brightening images without losing the natural skin and hair tones of the photo subjects, and the new Clarity Filter which makes seemingly in-focus images absolutely pin sharp. The Clip to Layer feature allows users to clip any effect to the layer below and new blend modes including Crossfade and Darker Colour to offer a greater array of creative possibilities. With speed improvements to the core engine of PhotoPlus X5, blending and changes to blend modes are now virtually instant, so artwork can be created faster than ever before.
“One of the many things that make PhotoPlus X5 so accessible is the organiser,” says Gary Bates, Managing Director at Serif. “It allows users to easily and quickly import photos from a variety of sources and arrange them into logical albums, saving them time and increasing their productivity. And as we know that photographers often want to showcase their work in a stylish way, they can now do that easily with Photo Projects, included with PhotoPlus X5.”
Photo Projects offers a generous selection of styles and, with drag and drop layouts and a user friendly interface, it’s easy to create photobooks, cards, montages and more. It isn’t merely a template-based designer either. Photographers have full control over the layout of each project and designs can be personalised with realistic textures and backgrounds. Exporting work is easy too – users can simply print or create a PDF for professional printing.
Existing PhotoPlus users will be familiar with the PhotoFix Studio, which includes tools for straightening and cropping images, removing red-eye and blemishes, and applying creative filters to enhance images. The 16-bit Raw Studio is perfect for the more experienced photographers wanting to import and edit Raw images. In addition, users can create stunning HDR images, remove unwanted people or objects from photographs and make precise image cut-outs. Users can also immediately share photos on Facebook® and Flickr®, plus view photos where they were taken on a Google™ map of the world.
PhotoPlus X5 is compatible with Windows 7/Vista/XP and retails at £71.48 (inc. VAT). It is available from Serif at http://www.serif.com/photoplus and from major retailers including Amazon and PC World. Bonus items include Photo Projects for creating professional photobooks, cards and more (worth £19.99 inc. VAT). Existing Serif Software users should contact 0800 376 7070 for further information on upgrade pricing.
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