by September 6, 2000 0 comments

software is great for adding special effects to pictures. It has a user-friendly
interface that’s fun to work with. The software can do wonders to your
personal snapshots. You can even see yourself hand-in-hand with your favorite
celebrity, be it Hrithik Roshan or Julia Roberts. We’ve given a fully
functional 30-day trial version of this software on the accompanying PCQ CD.

The software has three parts–album, photo, and project. The
first is self-explanatory–you can create an electronic photo album with your
photographs, the second is your main work area, while the third lets you create
your own projects–you can create visiting cards, greeting cards, etc. The
package supports popular image formats like BMP, JPG, TIF, etc. However,
unfortunately, it doesn’t support GIF. You can get files from various
locations including your PC, video camera, scanner, digital camera, etc.

In the main Photo work area, there are six categories–Adjust,
Selection, Text, Paint, Effects, and Decorate. Each has further sub-categories
to choose from. So, you can choose Adjust>Auto Enhance to straighten or crop
an image, or change its brightness, contrast, hue, and saturation.

You can play around with text using the Text category. For
example, you can add or edit text, reshape, or apply special effects such as 3D,
Shadow, and Transform. The Special F/X sub-category has 14 innovative text
patterns like glass, metal, emboss, etc. The Effects category contains some
interesting options like crumpling an image as if it were fabric or even
converting it to look like a pencil drawing. Selection lets you trim the
photograph, while you can use the various brushes in Paint to paint inside your
snapshot. You can frame your photograph through the Decorate category.

A lot of effects can be further fine-tuned using advanced
settings at the right bottom of the interface. You can even do morphing between
two photographs. You can print in various forms such as posters, T-shirts, or
even thumbnails. You can make a calendar, or create a slide show. Other features
include creating personal greeting cards and screensavers.

Ankur Saxena

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