As we begin to gather more and more photos and images into
our computer, our thoughts shift to editing or manipulating them.
We find that photos or images need to be lightened or darkened.
They need to be cropped, rotated, resized and sharpened or softened.
There is a need to remove red-eye, remove unwanted objects and
to touch up scratches or dust marks. We need software to help
us make great photos and images out of the ones we have.
That's where Photo and Image Editing software comes in. There
are many on the market today. Some editing software is of the
wizard type, that is, programs that perform editing functions
by clicking on a button and viewing the results. Microsoft Picture
Publishing and MGI PhotoSuite 4.0 fall into this category. They
are very good editing programs for the person starting to manipulate
photos and images.
Another category of photo and image editing software is the
type that gives the user complete control of the smallest element
(pixel) of the image. Software that falls into this category
are Adobe PhotoShop Elements 4.0 and Jasc Paint Shop Pro 7, for
example. These are excellent programs which give the user control
over the modification or manipulation of photos and images. The
programs are designed primarily for the home or small business
use. Cost, however, can run from approximately $50 to $100 retail.
There is a photo and image editing program that is free.
The program is PhotoPlus 6. It is an older version of PhotoPlus
10 (the current release). The author has used this program to
edit and modify photos and images with ease and great success.
The program has approximately the same look and feel of PhotoShop
Elements and Paint Shop Pro. Learning to use PhotoPlus 6 would
greatly help the user to move to PhotoPlus 8 or 19 and the other
photo and imaging software mentioned above.
If you are interested in obtaining a copy of this program,
you need to download it from the Internet. Go to PhotoPlus
6 and download the file to your hard drive. This is a large
file ( 19.4 Mbytes), so if you have a dialup connection to the
Internet you may want to start the download and go do something
until the download is complete. When the download is complete,
click on the file to start the installation process. When you
are finished installing the program, start PhotoPlus 6. You will
see a window that indicates that you need to register with Serif.
Follow the registration process which will result in a KEY sent
to you via e-mail. This KEY will be used one time to unlock the
program. Subsequent usages will not require a key.