Verdict: 4 stars AI Gigapixel isn’t magic and isn’t perfect, but it does take a different approach to other blow-up apps that sometimes comes off. It’s perhaps the least worst solution for a situation you’d rather not be in.
Life after Photoshop software reviews
Choosing the right software isn't easy and you often have to try quite a few different applications to find the ones that suit you. We're all looking for different things, and quite often a single piece of software won't do everything that we need.
Some people simply want a Photoshop replacement without the subscription payments, some want an image cataloguing tool that can also carry out photo enhancements, some primarily want an image effects tool for crafting a very particular 'look'. Most of us want a bit of all of these things.
• Always download the trial version if there is one. My best guess at what photographers need is not necessarily right for you.
These reviews are designed not just to see whether the software out there is any good or not, but to explain exactly what it does and how it might fit into your workflow.
I don't review every program out there, only those which I personally consider add something significant to the image-editing process. There are some notable and quite possibly very popular programs not in my review list but that's because – and I don't want to upset any publishers out there – I don't think they're different enough, interesting enough or just plain good enough.
The iPhone camera is great, but theres a limit to what it can do. For example, its built-in panorama mode is one of the best around, but it only shoots horizontal ‘flat’ panoramas, and meanwhile the world is waking up to the incredible potential of 360-degree spherical imaging. Right now there’s no shortage of 360-degree […]
Photographers spend thousands and lens makers spend millions on lenses which are as optically perfect as possible, and then Lensbaby goes and makes lenses which are deliberately bad. Or maybe that’s just how it looks. In fact, Lensbaby’s speciality is making lenses that recapture the charming imperfections that we didn’t know we wanted until they […]
Life after Photoshop is all about image cataloguing processing and effects but I also like to pick out interesting bits of kit to try them out, and the Manhattan Changer-20 really caught my eye. I’ve got a cupboard full of camera bags and none of them are exactly right. They’re all good at a couple […]
Photographic experimenters and artists are always looking out for new and exciting tools to expand their vision, and CyberLink PhotoDirector 9 does seem to offer some interesting and alternative approaches to photography, including 360 photo and video editing and crossover video and stills imaging. It’s also a pretty powerful all-in-one photo cataloguing, enhancing and […]
If you organise your photos by folders and find this perfectly satisfactory, then you can use any number of different programs to keep your images organised. Adobe Bridge is a good starting point as an image browser if you already have Photoshop, and ON1 Photo RAW and Alien Skin Exposure are two examples of all-in-one […]
Update: My first batch of images has passed through the Adobe Stock review process. Most were accepted, two rejected. I’ve updated my review below. If you’re a designer or an illustrator you might have an interest in Adobe Stock as a quick and cost-effective way to find and buy stock images to suit your projects. […]
Affinity Photo, Serif’s professional photo-editing application, is now available for the iPad. It’s not the first time a software publisher has produced a mobile version of a desktop application – take Photoshop Express and Lightroom Mobile, for example – but this time it’s different. Affinity Photo for iPad is not a simplified, cut-down accessory app […]
Google has decided it will no longer develop the Google Nik Collection, so what do we all do when it’s gone? Here are five Nik Collection alternatives that could fill the void. Alien Skin Exposure X2 Once a film simulation plug-in, now a full-blown standalone image-editor with file browsing and non-destructive adjustment layers and masks, […]
Verdict: 4.5 stars Affinity Photo is basically Photoshop at a fraction of the price and without a subscription. You will have to learn a few new ways of working and some new jargon, but this is no cut-down budget alternative. Affinity Photo does everything that Photoshop does, and sometimes more.