PhotoMagic bundles five programs: PhotoZoom, PhotoClean Express,
PhotoArtist Express, PhotoEffect Express, and PhotoPrint. You
select one to use when you launch the program. Although the Welcome
screen remains available via a taskbar icon, and you can launch
more than one program at a time, the programs do not work together.
PhotoZoom (dubbed “Enlarge Photos” in the Welcome screen) works
well and is easy to use. It offers ten resize methods, including
bell, bilinear, S-spline and more. In my test it upconverted a tiny
2-by-1.5-inch image to a 6-by-4-inch snapshot with only minimal
PhotoClean Express (“Repair Photos”) lets you choose from ten
filters that affect the entire image at once, including Color
Correction, Gamma, Sharpen, and so on. Some of the filters allow
very basic customization. Nonetheless, PhotoClean Express did
improve the blurred and underexposed images I threw at it.
PhotoArtist Express (“Artistic Photos”) is a slimmed-down
version of the stand-alone
PhotoArtist. It’s missing the more wild effects like metal
surface, and the interface is more difficult to use since some
functions are relegated to tiny buttons. You can apply effects to
the entire image, or selectively using a customizable brush.
PhotoEffect Express (“Creative Photos”) is home to the filters
that weren’t included in PhotoArtist Express. Its interface is very
limited, but not as difficult to use as its sibling. And unlike
PhotoArtist, PhotoEffect applies its filters to the entire image
PhotoPrint (“Print photos”) lets you put together “albums” and
print them in full-page, two-up, or four-up formats.
The PhotoMagic suite is clearly designed for those who are new
to photo editing. Home users may find it useful, but professionals
should look elsewhere.
The program is free to try, but it adds watermarks to the edited
photos until you pay the $49 license fee.