PROS / This software is equipped with a wide variety of photo-editing tools and capabilities.
CONS / While the photo-editing tools are readily accessible and easy to use, it is difficult to create graphics using this software.
VERDICT / While PhotoDirector 7 Ultra is a strong program for editing and enhancing photos, the lack of illustration tools limits its design capabilities.
CyberLink PhotoDirector 7 Ultra serves as an effective photo-editing software; however, the limited number of illustration tools and unique interface weaken its graphic design capabilities. The software offers a clean interface that differs from most photo editing and graphic design software. The program lists the various tools it offers under several tabs: Library, Adjustment, Edit, Layers, Slideshow and Print. While this organizes the software’s tools, it makes it tedious to find the ones you need and increases processing times.
In order to create the best graphic design, you need a wide variety of illustration tools. The graphic design software comes with a selection of brushes. While none of the brushes are vector, you can alter a pre-existing brush and customize it to your preferences. Among the various brushes and tools, the program includes a pen tool you can use to draw colored pixels on a photo layer.
When adding text to your designs, you can select from over 250 different font styles. However, the software lacks alignment tools. The graphic software does not include guides or text-wrapping capabilities. However, when you crop a photo, you can place a grid onto the image to ensure accuracy. When placing text, there are not any tools available to ensure your alignment is accurate.
While the graphic design program lacks several standard illustration tools, it has a wide variety of photo-editing tools. The software has 42 photo effects you can apply to your photos to adjust the colors in the image. You can also download more photo effects from the CyberLink website. The application takes you directly to the page to do so.
You can also change your photo to either black and white or sepia, or you can add tint, blur or grain to your images. The program can also merge several photos into a panorama or HDR image.
With batch processing, you can apply the same edits to multiple photos at once. The software can correct the lighting in your photos, remove noise or automatically correct image distortions caused by the lens of your camera. The program has content-aware scaling, so you can resize images without distorting them. You can also use masks to remove unwanted objects from backgrounds.
The graphic design software includes several templates you can use to add design to your photos. The templates add watermarks, or you can create your own watermark using the illustration tools. Under the Print tab, you can access several print templates as well. The software includes a history log, so you can undo any unwanted changes.
CyberLink offers strong support options. Between support forums, video tutorials and user guides, you can learn how to effectively use the software and address any issues that arise. In addition, the software has in-application support you can access at any time. If you need further help, technical support’s email address and phone number are listed on the website. However, you must purchase a support package for telephone support.
CyberLink PhotoDirector 7 Ultra has a wide variety of photo-editing tools and serves as an effective photo-editing program. However, its limited selection of illustration tools narrows the types of graphic designs you can create.