Photoshop’s popularity is as high as its price tag, a stunning
$999 list. (That’s “stunning” as in Taser.) You can, of course,
find it for less, even for free if you are willing to prowl the
Internet’s dark alleys looking for a steal. Really. A steal. But
PhotoFiltre will make you an honest artist/designer/photographer
without making you hock your grandmother’s wedding ring or your
The important difference between PhotoFiltre and the more
effusive Photoshop is PhotoFiltre’s simplicity–in use, not in what
it can accomplish. Tools and menus are more evenly distributed,
reducing the need to plough deep into the program’s interface just
to flip an image 90 degrees. PhotoFiltre lacks some of Photoshop’s
professional abilities, such as layers, as well as more arcane
features, such as stitching photos into a panorama and altering
perspective. But PhotoFiltre has an arsenal of plug-ins that
provide some tricks of their own, such as a filter that emphasizes
shadows, highlights, or both without you having to select the areas
of dark and light. A beautiful rippling water reflection is only
three clicks away. In fact, most effects take only a few clicks.
PhotoFiltre doesn’t have Photoshop’s jam-packed dialog boxes that
permit the fatally fastidious to fiddle with a photo for hours.
PhotoFiltre is fast. It’s simple. It’s powerful. It works. And it’s
free for personal use.
Note: This installer includes the Ask Toolbar
for Firefox and Internet Explorer. It can be uninstalled separate
from this program.