New Functions in Version 12.50
Image on Image
The effect filter "Image on Image" now allows to use a shape for the foreground image:
The effect filter "Image on Image" now allows to use a shape for the foreground image:
The vector tool "Stars" can now create stars with round "corners":
The image view of the browse tool now shows the picture size, the picture type and the creation date in addition to the filename.
The focal length of digital cameras isn't directly comparable to that of a miniature camera. Therefore PhotoLine now shows optionally the corresponding focal length of a miniature camera. In order to do this PhotoLine needs the correct conversion factor for the given camera.
The Color Picker now has a little tool window which follows the
mouse cursor and shows the color at the current mouse position.
If you have to save screen space, you can now turn off the dialog Picture Info.
On Mac OS X document windows now have a status bar at the bottom.
By that the bottom right corner of an image is no longer hidden by the scaling field of the window. Furthermore PhotoLine shows context-sensitive help in this status bar.
The two new filters "White Point" and "Automatic White Point" are used
to simplify the white balance of digital photos. Both functions can be
found in "Filter/Digital Camera".
Usually it is sufficient to use "Automatic White Point" which corrects the image without any further input. Extreme image - i.e. the image is completely dominated by a single color - it may be necessary to perform a manual white point correction. This can be done by "White Point".
The following image was made by a digital camera:
After a manual white point correction the colors are more natural and the result looks like this:
Wrong colors at edges in digital photos ("Chromatic Aberration") can be reduced by the corresponding filter found in "Filter/Digital Camera". Here is an image with a color shift before and after editing:
Images, that have been lightened up afterwards, are often noisy. This noise can be reduced by using "Filter/Digital Camera/Image Noise". Color noise and lightness noise can be edited independently. Additionally the edges of an image can be protected, so that the existing structure remains.
"Color Temperature" (Filter/Digital Camera) allows to set or correct
the color temperature of an image. On correcting the color temperature
of taking the photo has to be entered. PhotoLine will convert
the image from this temperature to the color temperature of the working
color space. On setting it is the other way round: PhotoLine converts
the image using the color temperature of the working color space as
the starting point.
A low color temperature simulates the sunny south:
On the opposite a high color temperature looks colder:
"Connect Images" (Filter/Digital Camera) uses the capability of some
digital cameras to take several pictures with different exposures at
the same time. "Connect Images" can combine two of these photos -
usually one with correctly exposed lights and one with correct shadows
- to one which will have good lights and shadows.
At the left there is the dark picture with correct lights and at the right there is the bright picture with the correct shadows.
The result is a combination of both:
"Next Picture" and "Previous Picture" (File/Functions) are a fast and convenient way to switch between all images inside a folder on the hard disk. Especially digital photographers can get a get a quick overview of the existing pictures. If these functions are used regularly, they can be placed in an icon bar.
PhotoLine is now supporting the deviceindependent color space CIE Lab.
It allows creating and editing Lab images and Lab colors. Furthermore
many filters can filter the separate Lab-channels in other kinds of
Lab images can have 8 or 16 bits per channel.
Using "Picture on Picture" documents like the one below can be created very easily. The various options can be optionally edited later, too. For Example the color of the sepia effect can be modified or the sepia effect may be applied to the background layer only.
"Remove Dust/Scratches" (Filter/Quality) is used to remove dust or scratches from scanned images.
"Distort Image with Image" (Filter/Shape Tools) distorts the content of an image accordingly to the content of another one.
Histogram (View/Dialogs) is showing permanently the distribution of the channels in a document. This allows fast finding of the flaws of an image.
Optionally the histogram can be calculated based on the active image layer or based on the complete document.
Everyone, who had to assign keywords to many pictures, knows that this can be very time-consuming. Therefore in the new version 12 of PhotoLine the assignment and editing of keywords have been simplified. If the context menu is accessed while pressing the Ctrl-key (Windows) or the Commandkey (Mac OS X), a special keyword context menu is shown:
The function "New Keyword" assigns one or more keywords to the currently
selected files. Furthermore it can manage a list of the most important
keywords. These keywords will be listed in the keyword context menu
allowing fast assignment.
The keywords, which are already contained in the selected files, appear in the context menu with the prefix "Remove" to delete them quickly.
The Browse function now has a very powerful search function:
It allows searching for many criteria like file properties, keywords or EXIF-data. Searching for several criteria at the same time is also possible. Of course the search result can be searched, too.
A virtual copy is not a real copy. It only stores a reference to the source layer which will be drawn instead of the virtual copy. If the content of the source layer is modified, the virtual copy will be changed accordingly.
The function "3D Body" displays simple layers as 3D bodies. This works with all kind of layers. The layer itself isn't modified and can be edited like before.
PhotoLine is now able to directly insert pictures into text. This way
the position of pictures doesn't have to be corrected manually every
time the formatting of the text changes. After insertion the pictures
can be edited like before and can be managed by using the layer dialog.
An example for pictures in text is this document which has been created using PhotoLine. The main text consists of several pages and the pictures are embedded.
PhotoLine is now supporting various now paragraph attributes:
In PhotoLine there are 5 new types of working layers: the color balance and the 4 filters "Unsharp Masking", "Gaussian Blur", "Median" and "Perturbation".
On Windows every dialog from "View/Dialogs" can now be docked. This
means they can be connected to the edge of the main window. By holding
a modifier key (Shift, Ctrl) the docking behaviour can be flexibly
Additionally the various list fields - like color list, brush list and so on - are resizable even if docked.
The color list now contains a small color editor:
This editor is in the pop-up window, too, that appears when clicking on the list-arrow of a color field. This small editor is especially comfortable for users of a graphic tablet, because accessing it doesn't require a double-click.
The context menu of the color list now contains a list of the recently loaded color files. This way changing between the commonly used color list is simplified. Additionally PhotoLine is can now import more file formats of other applications.
List fields are offering additional view modes now. Aside from "Standard Mode" there are "Large Mode", "Small Text List" and "Large Text List":
PhotoLine can now automatically create an overview of the installed fonts:
A list like that simplifies finding a special font.
Even if enlarged Photoline normally renders text and vector graphics in best quality as it would be output to a printer. The pixel mode is different: it shows the result you will get on saving the document as image. It is especially useful for web designers, because this way they can see what their text and vector layers will look like when converted to raster graphics.
On using "Original Size" PhotoLine will display the active document
in the same size it will have printed on paper.
In order to do this PhotoLine has to know the exact resolution of the used monitor. This resolution can be entered in the options by using "Display/Screen Resolution".
This functions crops a document, so that invisible parts like transparent space or clipped layers are outside of the document.
For multi-page documents PhotoLine has the new printing mode "Pages". It offers three choices:
Additionally documents now allow printing every page, only the even or only the odd pages.