PROS / Supporting 58 file formats, this software can import almost any image file type.
CONS / Without batch processing, you cannot apply the same edit to multiple photos.
VERDICT / Notwithstanding a steep learning curve, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 365 has the capabilities and tools to not only edit your photos but add design elements to them.
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 365 is full-featured photo editing software with powerful graphic design tools. In addition to adjusting colors and lighting, you can use the graphic design tools to take your photos to another level. Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 365 also simplifies the process for keeping your photo editing software current by guaranteeing free updates for a year.
With the added tools and capabilities, we found that this software was a little more complicated to use than the other programs on our lineup. However, Xara addresses the learning curve by including tutorials and videos to teach you where all the tools are and how to use them.
The Xara photo software has all the standard editing tools, including crop, rotate, resize, red eye removal and more. With selection tools, shape tools, and painting and drawing tools, you can add basic design elements to your photos. The photo editor also has color management tools, so you can adjust the color saturation, brightness and contrast of your photos. A cross-process photo effect tool makes it possible to get many different looks from the same photo by manipulating contrast and saturation. Blend modes include dodge, which brightens, and burn, which darkens.
If you want to add text to your photos, the software has 576 included fonts and a large collection of symbols and icons. You will also have access to more than 1,500 additional symbols through Google. The content library can offer a lot of options as well. There is a SmartShapes collection with charts, speech bubbles and more. This software also gives you access to over 500,000 royalty-free photos that are searchable by keyword. The collection of photo grids gives you a cool way to display all of those images or your own in an arrangement that is clean and modern looking, even if the photos are different shapes and sizes.
The program has the ability to remove backgrounds or subjects in the backgrounds of your photos. While this feature allows you to completely alter your images, it takes practice to achieve ideal results. You can also use the cloning tool and layer masks to help perfect imperfections in your photos.
The picture editor has 25 different filters you can apply to your images to change the colors and textures. Filters like Black & White, Cold, Intense and Summer can alter the feel of your photos in noticeable ways. It also features automatic editing options that adjust an image’s color, focus or level.
While it offers several tools, both basic and advanced, the program lacks some features. Without batch processing, you cannot apply the same edit to multiple photos. The program also cannot create HDR images and lacks a lens distortion corrector. While none of these tools are vital to photo editing, they would improve the usability of the software.
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer does not include a built-in organizing system to help you keep track of your photos. However, the program supports 58 different file formats, so you can import and export most file types into the program. The photo editor supports the most popular image formats, including JPG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, PSD, PDF and animated GIFs. It also has tools to optimize your photos for the web.
When you want to share your edited photos, the software allows you to post to social media sites directly from the program. It also provides printing project resources and templates for your projects.
The software has support both within the program and on the Xara webpage. You can access the user guide and tutorials within the software, and you can find more information online on the FAQs page. For additional questions, Xara has a user forum, as well as an email address for technical support.
While this program has a steeper learning curve than the other photo editing software on our site, it also has impressive capabilities and editing tools. With a wide selection of tools, creative filters and fonts, you can completely transform your photos. This professional photo editing software has the tools necessary for photographers looking to take their photos a step further.