Bitmap/Photo Editing

[Painter Essentials 3]
[Colour Management]
[OnOne Suite]
[Photo to Art]
[Photoshop Elements 4]
[Paint Shop Pro X]
[PhotoImpact 11]
[Photoshop CS2]


[Apps Overview]

[Camtasia Studio]
[CompuPic Pro 6]
[Digital Image Suite]
[Deep Paint 2]
[FotoFusion 3]
[Paint Shop Pro X]
[Painter IX]
[Painter Essentials 3]
[Photo Album 6]
[PhotoImpact 11]
[PhotoObjects 2]
[Photoshop CS2]
[Photoshop Elements 4]
[PhotoSuite 5]
[Piranesi 4]
[SnagIt 6]
[Texture Maker 2]


[Plugins Overview]

[AutoEye 2]
[DreamSuite 1]
[Eye Candy 4000]
[Genuine Fractals 3.5]
[Image Doctor]
[KnockOut 2]
[KPT 7]
[Mystical Lighting]
[Mystical Tint]
[OnOne Suite]
[pxl SmartScale]
[Virtual Painter]
[Xenofex 2]

[Articles & Tutorials

[Colour Management]
[Photo to Art]
[Adobe Macromedia]
[Extending Bitmaps]
[Image Modes]
[Elements Tutorial]
[App Roundup]
[Photoshop Patterns]
[Texture Library]
[Creative Roundup]
[Photo Bargains]
[Creative Suite]
[Tablet PC]
[Pen Input]
[Filter Tips]
[Photoshop Filters]
[Image Resampling]
[Image Resolution]
[Digital Video]
[Image Channels]
[Photo Apps Roundup]
[Image Management]
[Understand Halftones]
[Photoshop Vectors]
[Image Enhancement]
[Image Hoses]
[Producing Panoramas]
[DTP Compositing]
[Brush Control]
[Digital Cameras]
[Stock Photography]
[Bitmap Editability]
[Photoshop 5 Colour]
[Image Management 2]
[Layer Handling]
[3rd Party Solutions?]

[Home / What's New]
[DTP / Publishing]
[Vector Drawing]
[Bitmap / Photo Editing]
[Web Design]
[3D Software]
[All Reviews]
[All Articles / Tutorials]
[Book Search / Shop]
[Site Map / Search]

you can help support the site with a direct donation or by shopping via the following links:


Thank you!



This section of the site provides access to all

via the text links to the left and the graphical overviews below.

JUST IN: Bitmap/Photo Editing Reviews/Articles 

painter essentials 3 colour management free photos
Painter Essentials 3: Simplified and focused photo-to-art offering - a bargain. Colour Management: Understand the problem of colour accuracy - and how to overcome it Free Photos Find free-to-use photos on the web - high quality and legal!

Bitmap/Photo Editing Application Reviews 

camtasia studio compupic pro digital image 10
Camtasia Studio: All you need to produce screen-based training materials. CompuPic Pro 6: Good on-the-fly image management software but showing its age.

Archived reviews:
CompuPic Pro 5
Digital Image 10: New release of Microsoft's digital camera solution.

Archived reviews:
Digital Image 9
deep paint 2 fotofusion paint shop pro x
Deep Paint 2 : Add creative depth to your bitmaps FotoFusion 3: Take creative control of your photo printing. A real surprise and a must see. . Paint Shop Pro X: A clearer focus on digital photography under new owners, Corel.

Archived reviews:
Paint Shop Pro 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4
corel painter ix painter essentials 3 corel photo album 6
Painter IX : New creative power for the artists' favourite.

Archived reviews:
Painter 8, 7, 6, 5.5, 5, 4
Painter Essentials 3: Simplified and focused photo-to-art offering - a bargain. Photo Album 6 Simple handling of images - too simple for most users.

Archived reviews:
Paint Shop Pro Album 5
photoartmaster photobrush photoimpact 11
PhotoArtMaster: Impressive creative control and results Photo-Brush 3 : Bargain retouching power for the expert photographer. PhotoImpact 11: Plenty of power but a bit too unusual for its own good.

Archived reviews:
PhotoImpact 10, XL, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3
photo objects photoseam photoshop cs2
PhotoObjects : Good value photographic clip art with a difference PhotoSEAM: Create seamless textures from scratch or from photos. Brilliantly simple. Photoshop CS2 : All round improvements to the pro's choice

Archived reviews:
Photoshop CS, 7, 6, 5.5, 5, 4
photoshop elements 4 photosuite 5 piranesi 4
Photoshop Elements 4: Adobe keeps the PC photography crown.

Archived reviews:
Photoshop Elements 3, 2, 1, Photoshop Album 2, 1 PhotoDeluxe BE
PhotoSuite 5: Easy to use photo editor and excellent value.

Archived reviews:
PhotoSuite 5, 4, III, II
Piranesi 4: Amazing 3D painting - a must see.

Archived reviews:
Piranesi 3
snagit 6.2 texture maker  
SnagIt 6.2: The most popular screen capture utility. Texture Maker 2 : The most powerful way to create seamless textures - addictive.  

The following archived reviews are of older and discontinued bitmap / photo editing applications that might still be of interest:

[Paint Shop Pro Studio] [PhotoDraw 2000.2]
[PhotoDraw 2000], [PhotoPaint 8],
[Picture Publisher 8], [Portfolio 3], [Satori 3], [Satori 2.5], [xRes 2]


Photoshop Compatible Plugin Reviews 

autoeye 2
AutoEye 2: New version of the automatic image enhancement app

Archived reviews: AutoEye 1
DreamSuite: Jawdropping professional photo filters. Eye Candy 4000: Wide range of creative Photoshop filters
Genuine Fractals 3.5: Is the original photo resizing app still the best?

archived reviews:
Genuine Fractals
GraphicXtras: Overwhelming range of add-ons for Photoshop, Illustrator et al. Image Doctor: Magic mending and repair for image files.

KnockOut 2: Top of the range masking software

archived reviews:
KnockOut 1.5

KPT 7: Impressive bitmap power and some really useful filters

archived reviews:
KPT 6, KPT 5, KPT 3
Mystical Lighting: Take creative control of your image's lighting.
onone photoshop suite
Mystical Tint: AutoFX tackles the heart of photo editing with creative colour control OnOne Suite : Four leading and longstanding filters. pxl SmartScale : is the promise of "lossless" photo upsizing possible?
The following archived reviews are of older and largely superceded photoshop compatible plug-ins that might still be of interest:

[Intellihance Pro 4], [Intellihance 3], [PhotoGraphics 1], [PhotoTools 2], [Studio Pro 2]
[Test Strip 3]
Virtual Painter: One-click art - that really works! Xenofex 2: New range of Photoshop filters from Alien Skin.

Bitmap Editing Articles/Tutorials

  hands-on / tutorial  
(most recent first)
colour management free photos photo sharing
Colour Management: Understand the problem of colour accuracy - and how to overcome it Free Photos Find free-to-use photos on the web - high quality and legal! Photo Sharing The best way to show off your photos to friends, family and the world at large.
photo to art
Photo to Art Convert your photos to art tutorial/roundup. The Adobe Macromedia Merger Good news or bad? Extending Bitmaps The outer limits of bitmap handling.
Image Modes Understand and make the most of the different flavours of bitmap. Elements 3 Tutorial Finally take control of your digital photo collection! Best Photo Editor From Album to Photoshop make sure you get the best photo editor for you.
Photoshop Patterns Make the most of one of Photoshop's secret weapons. Texture Library Build your own texture library by collecting and creating from scratch. Bitmap Bargains You don't have to spend a fortune.
Creative Roundup Which is the most creative application of them all?
Creative Suite: is Adobe's new bundle necessarily a good thing for its users? Tablet PC: why the new platform makes sense for graphics
Pen Input/Wacom: from graphics tablets to interactive displays RGB to CMYK: how to convert from one color space to the other Filter Tips: make the most of Photoshop's filters
Photo Filters: understand your photo editor's bitmap filters Image Resample: make the most of every pixel Image Resolution: the absolute basics of image quality
Digital Video: all you need to know from capture to Web Image Channels : understand Photoshop's secret weapon Graphics round-up: the best bitmap and vector drawing apps
Visual Image Management: keep on top of your images Halftones Explained: the crucial difference between spots and dots Photoshop Vectors how Photoshop provides its vector handling
Image Enhancement manual and automatic image enhancement explored
TIFF, EPS, PSD, PDF, PNG, SVG: advanced graphic file formats
BMP, TIFF, JPEG, GIF the core graphic file formats
Image Hoses make the most of image-based brushes
Producing Panoramas how to create successful panoramas
DTP Image Compositing how to create non rectangular images in your DTP layouts
Brush Control
take control of your editor's brushes
Digital Cameras an early look at digital cameras
Stock Photography an early overview
Bitmap Editability
maximize your control and creative flexibility
Photoshop 5 Colour Photoshop introduces colour management.
Selection/Masking get to grip with the main selection tools
Image Management 2 early image managers
Layer Handling an early look at layer versus object compositing
3rd Party Solutions? or just papering over the cracks
Art Tutorial from photo to work of art Photoshop Tutorial: Advanced photo editing for professional print Photoshop Tutorial: Core basic skills for creating a montage


Hopefully you've found the information you were looking for. For further information please click here.

For free trials and special offers please click the following recommended links:

For further information on the following design applications and subjects please click on the links below:

[3D], [3ds max], [Adobe], [Acrobat], [Cinema 4D], [Corel], [CorelDRAW], [Creative Suite], [Digital Image], [Dreamweaver], [Director], [Fireworks], [Flash], [FreeHand], [FrameMaker], [FrontPage], [GoLive], [Graphic Design], [HTML/CSS], [Illustrator], [InDesign], [Macromedia], [Macromedia Studio], [Microsoft], [NetObjects Fusion], [PageMaker], [Paint Shop Pro], [Painter], [Photo Editing], [PhotoImpact], [Photoshop], [Photoshop Elements], [Publisher], [QuarkXPress], [Web Design]

To continue your search on the site and beyond please use the Google and Amazon search boxes below:

Web independent, informed, intelligent, incisive, in-depth...

All the work on the site (over 250 reviews, over 100 articles and tutorials) has been written by me, Tom Arah It's also me who maintains the site, answers your emails etc. The site is very popular and from your feedback I know it's a useful resource - but it takes a lot to keep it up.

You can help keep the site running, independent and free by Bookmarking the site (if you don't you might never find it again), telling others about it and by coming back (new content is added every month). Even better you can make a donation eg $5 the typical cost of just one issue of a print magazine or buy anything via or (now or next time you feel like shopping) using these links or the shop - it's a great way of quickly finding the best buys, it costs you nothing and I gain a small but much-appreciated commission.

Thanks very much, Tom Arah

[DTP/Publishing] [Vector Drawing] [Bitmap/Photo] [Web] [3D]
[Reviews/Archive] [Shop]  [Home/What's New]

Copyright 1995-2005, Tom Arah, Please get in contact to let me know what you think about a particular piece or the site in general.