PROS / It has a full-featured system for organizing photos.
CONS / There is no user forum to post questions or share tips and suggestions.
VERDICT / Zoner Photo Studio X offers a wide selection of editing tools that should suit novices as well as expert photo editors. Its organization system for images makes it easy to manage photos.
Whether you're a professional photographer, a hobbyist or a novice wanting to touch up some of your family photos, Zoner Photo Studio X software offers both a photo organizer and editor to help you store and easily edit images. The program has a mixture of basic and professional editing tools you can use to apply simple edits to photos or completely transform them. We have awarded Zoner Photo Studio X our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award for its many features.
This photo editor includes several standard editing tools. You can crop, resize, create shapes, paint, draw and adjust the colors of your photos. This software does not come with any pre-installed fonts but, instead, uses the fonts installed in Windows. It also has the standard zoom tool; however, you can magnify your photos 1,600 percent, which helps when you are editing pixels.
In Develop mode, you can edit photos in any format, including RAW, and leave your original photo untouched. Edits are stress free because the software keeps a record of each step that you can undo at any time.
In addition to basic editing tools, Zoner Photo Studio has more advanced capabilities for professional photographers. With the cloning tool, you can fix blemishes or erase unwanted objects from their backgrounds. You can also create HDR images and panoramic photos and use layer masks to completely transform your images. You can create slideshows, complete with music and special effects and then watch them on a TV or online.
The program comes with 38 creative filters you can use to add texture and manipulate the color of your photos. It also has automatic edit options as well as a lens distortion tool. Another handy feature this editor has is batch processing, which allows you to apply the same edit to multiple photos simultaneously. This greatly reduces time spent editing images.
This photo editing software includes a full-featured organizing system built in to the program. You can rate, tag, color label and provide keywords for your photos. The variety of organizing options helps you filter photos when you have thousands to sort through.
You can also search for photos using EXIF information or sort them by GPS location. You can browse photos by folder, date and keyword, and all search types are made easier because this software will offer suggestions while you type.
Import & Export Options
Zoner Photo Studio supports over 50 file formats, including popular files like RAW, JPG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, PSD and PDF. When you import photos, you can use the batch rename function to change the names of multiple files at the same time. You can also access your digital camera's photos directly in Zoner Photo Studio by connecting a USB cable to both your camera and your computer.
Help & Support
Zoner offers some different help and support resources for customers. Within the application, you can access the user guide at any time as a reference. You can also watch tutorial videos or visit Zoner's FAQs page on its website. Unfortunately, Zoner does not have a user forum or a live chat option. However, you can contact technical support via phone and email.
Zoner Photo Studio X has everything from basic to advanced editing tools. Even though this software has a lot of capabilities, it's very easy to use, featuring an uncluttered, user-friendly interface and in-application support. While it lacks a user forum, which would prove extremely helpful when troubleshooting issues, this software serves as a good option for both beginning and expert photo editors.