Adobe PhotoDeluxe Photo Editing Software

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Photo Editing Software 


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[Oct 03, 2008]


~A wide selection of features, including special-effect.
~Relatively fast in booting-up, means no long wait.
~Smart-select tool, very handy for tracing around objects in the image.
~Aspect-ratio cropping. (Matches the aspect ratio for the intended print size, such as 4x6 inch, 8x10 inch, etc.).


~After intense use, it tends to freeze, and I’m forced to shut the program down.
~Not very many options when exporting a photo as a JPEG.
~There is no image metadata browser, and this has proven inconvenient.
~No compression-preview when saving as a JPEG.
~Images look grainy when opened, but once exported, they look quite different. (If your photo looks grainy in PhotoDeluxe, it will likely look better once exported).
~Only one undo/redo step. Means that you cannot undo/redo an edit other than the previous one.
~Not a very good resizing method. (Drag the photo’s corners in).
~In order to create greeting cards, calendars or insert icons you must place the CD into the computer’s drive. If you happen to lose the disc, good luck with your crippled software.

Product reviewed: Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 4.0.

When I opened it for the first time, I had no previous experience with image-editing. PhotoDeluxe seemed very complicated, but after a few days of experimenting, I learned how to use it efficiently. It’s actually fairly simple. Since then, I have acquired more powerful image-editing programs, but continue to occasionally use this one for the following reasons:

#1. Semi-transparent text/icons can be added quickly and efficiently, such as a watermark.

#2. PhotoDeluxe boots up faster than Paint Shop.

But still, I prefer to use Paint Shop or GIMP whenever possible.

Customer Service

I found out that Adobe no longer provides support on this piece of software.

Similar Products Used:

~Arcsoft PhotoStudio 2000.
~Corel Paint Shop Pro 9. (version 9.02).
~GIMP image editor. (version 2.4.5).

~Other photo-related programs. (Photo-library, panorama-stitching, etc.).

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