There is no freeware that gets more attention than really good freeware that does really magical things with digital images. So today, during some down time, I was playing around with an image editor (free) which I thought did some interesting things without a lot of messing around or learning new tricks. I’m more of a try-it-and-see-what-happens kind of person, so I found this program quite fun to play around with. I’m sure if I took the time to watch one or more of their excellent video guides, I could do a lot more with the program. Alas, I don’t have a lot of free time, so learning more about what Perfect Effects 4 can do, will have to wait. Still, I thought it was interesting enough to share with you, and I hope you enjoy using it to see what you can do with it.
I guess the best way I can tell you about the program is to give you a couple of examples. Keep in mind, I just downloaded the program and installed it, and never viewed a tutorial or read a word of the program’s documentation.
The two images below (courtesy of RGBStock.com) are before and after pictures of tree birds sitting on a branch. That’s exciting, I know, but someone has to do this kind of stuff.
After using Photo Effect 4
Okay. How good are your eyes? Did you notice that the original is all in color, while the edited one is not. Just one birdie remains colored (and yes I was in hurry and brushed a couple of the colorful bird’s talons gray).
After Photo Effects 4:
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Note the rough borders too.
With over 70 different effects you can apply with the push of a button, and instant preview and undo, you can open up a new world of photo wizardry — without spending a penny.
Photo Effects 4 is pretty amazing freeware. In this article I’ve barely touched the surface of all the things it can do. One thing I can guarantee you it can do, it can give your creative spirit a boost and make your digital photos even more unique.
Here’s a few words from the developers of Photo Effects 4:
“Get an easy, fast and powerful way to create images with impact with Perfect Effects. Choose from a robust library of photographic effects to add professional looks to your photos instantly, including the popular HDR and retro looks. You can also recreate the look of film and darkroom techniques, add glows, vignettes, borders and correct common photography problems. With the ability to stack, combine and blend effects, and paint in effects to specific areas, your creative options are endless.
Perfect Effects is the next generation of PhotoTools 2.6 and can be used as a standalone or directly with Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or Apple Aperture.”
There you have it, folks. If you want to learn more about and/or download Photo Effects 4 please visit this page.
Photo Effects 4 works on Windows Vista, Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit) and Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit).
We downloaded and tested Photo Effects 4 directly from the developer’s site on August 11, 2013. At the time we tested it, the Photo Effects installer was clean – no bundled malware.