Review: Customize and alter your photos with PC Image Editor
By Mark O'Neill
At a Glance
You can see the effects on your images in real time
Resave your images in different file formats
Lots of options and easy undo
When trying to use scanner, PCIE crashes frequently
You don’t need to be a highly skilled designer with a copy of Photoshop to make your photos sparkle. PC Image Editor is an easy-to-use program that will help you get the most out of your images.
It’s a common misconception that you need Photoshop to get really good looking photos. The truth is that there are many excellent image editors out there on the Internet that allow you to make changes to your photos which are as good as anything Photoshop could do. PC Image Editor is one such app, free for personal use ($20 for business use), which allows you to make changes to your images.
Installation is extremely easy and extremely fast, with no hidden spyware surprises trying to sneak in, such as toolbars. Click “open” and navigate to the image you want to make adjustments to. Then on the right hand side, you will see all of the tools open to you. For example, you can resize the photo to either a size that you specify or one of the predefined sizes that the app offers. You can also rotate to various angles, zoom, sharpen, as well as change the color and contrast .
There are also numerous effects on offer which takes a page from Photoshop’s book. PC Image Editor offers a wide range of filters and effects such as blurring, twirling (turning the picture into a round shape) and changing the angle of the picture. If you would like to achieve a unique effect to the picture, then the filters include embossing, halftone (which pretty much turns the color picture black and white), and changing the RGB values of the colors.
Every change is made in real time so you can see how each step of the affects the image. If you realize you’re making a right dog’s dinner of the image, you can click the “undo” button to roll back the last change you made. Once everything is to your satisfaction, you can save or print the new image . Formats which you can save in include all the usual suspects such as JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP and TIFF.
There is also the option to scan an image directly into PC Image Editor using a scanner, but every time I clicked on the “scan” button, PC Image Editor crashed and closed. The vendor claims this has been fixed in the current version, but it did not work for me. Let us know in the comments below if it works for you, or if this is a problem you encounter.
These days, with ready access to image editors, there is no excuse for bad photos. If you find that your images need a bit of jazzing up,PC Image Editor offers a basic selection of editing tools that provide the most-used features of more expensive applications. Although it’s not the best image editing program ever, it’s worth a try if you need a few basic tweaks.
Note: The Download button on the Product Information page will download the software to your system.