Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 Review
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 Review.
I think there is no need to buy expensive photo suites and editors if you need to perform some basic editing actions with your photos. It is more than enough to have an excellent program Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 because it contains all necessary editing tools which will satisfy any amateur users and not only them.
Download and Installation
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 can be downloaded from the official Ashampoo website; the installer is not big, just about 90 MB in size and it is available in more than 30 languages. The trial version is fully functional for 10 days, but you can extend it by registering a new account on the Ashampoo website or using an existing one up to 40 days.
The installation procedure is easy and it does not differ much from other Ashampoo programs. All you need is to select the interface language, choose a desired folder for extracting all necessary components and create a desktop shortcut.
The Interface of the Program
At the top of the program you can see eight Menu Bar buttons with drop-down menus; they are as follows:
File– it is used to open folders, save edited photos, export or upload images, etc.
Basics– it includes tools for performing basic photo actions such as cropping, rotation, etc., on the one hand and optimizing photos automatically on the other hand.
Face– it contains several tools for correcting red eye effect, whitening teeth, and so on.
Effects– in this menu there are different photo effects offered by the program, for example, frames, shades, distortion, etc.
View– it contains some tools for zooming images in or out, rotating photos horizontally or vertically, etc.
Settings– it provides access to the program settings where you can select the desired interface language and specify general options, for example, the quality of JPEG files, backup database folder, and some others.
My Ashampoo– it contains some Ashampoo services, for example, you can access Ashampoo website, Software deals page, etc.
Help– through this menu you have the possibility to get additional info about the program and view help contents.
The main window of Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 is divided into several parts- on the left there is a Special places area through which you can quickly access your pictures, hard disks or any removable media connected to the computer. A little below there is a Folder navigation pane designed in Windows Explorer style. You can select any folder and load images into the program.
The central part of the program is divided into two parts- a Preview pane (it displays currently edited image) and Thumbnail browser (it is used for easy navigation).
On the right there is a Functions pane which contains several tools for editing images.
The Main Features of the Program
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 contains a lot of essential and useful tools which allow you to perform different photo actions. All those tools are conveniently divided into 11 groups. Some of them are used to correct photo defects, some for adding photo effects, some for enhancing images, and so on.
Basics– in this category you can find five different tools for performing basic photo editing actions; they are as follows:
Crop– if you want to crop your images for adjusting the desired size, you can take full advantage of this tool. The program offers the following options- free, original, 2:3 / 4:6; 4:5, 1:1, 16:9, 4:3.
Resize– you are not satisfied with the actual size of your image? Do not worry; it is not a problem for Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6. With the help of the Resize tool you have the possibility to select the desired size, width and height of your image.
Watermark– the program allows you to protect your photos with a text watermark or simply name them, for example, Birthday party, Wedding, etc. With the help of the watermark tool you can select any desired font, letter style, text color and its transparency. In addition, the program lets you watermark your photos with an image, too.
Print– photo printing is a very important task because it allows you not only to have photos and view them digitally, but also physically. With Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 you can define desired parameters for photo printing, i.e. page margins (left, right, top or bottom), image options (spacing between images) and image size (i.e. width and height).
Color Correction– the program includes very good tools for color correction; you can adjust brightness, contrast, lightness, saturation, hue and gamma to the photos.
Rotate and Mirror– with the help of the program you can rotate photos left or right by 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise on the one hand or manually define the rotation angle using a slider or inbuilt rotation modes on the other hand. In addition, you have the possibility to select the desired color.
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 also allows you to straighten horizon or mirror the image vertically or horizontally.
Face– red eye effect is a very frequent defect on the photos. Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 allows you to lessen this defect with the help of a special tool. All you need is to outline the affected area and click OK.
Pleasant smile makes our hearts happy! But what about the color of teeth; their unhealthy color may spoil the photo. Just for this reason, the program has got a tool which helps you to reduce this defect and whiten teeth. So, thanks to this tool your photos will be always good-looking because of charming smiles and faces.
Your photos do not look good because a lot of ugly spots spoil their beauty? But now, thanks to Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 you can easily get rid of them using Remove Spots tool. It will help you to remove those spots from the photos and make them more beautiful; just select the desired size and click into the image, the program will do the rest.
If you want to clone one area on the image and then paste it on another one, you can take full advantage of a clone area tool. With the help of this tool you can copy one area and paste it into another.
Effects– Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 has got different effects which significantly enhance edited photos; they are as follows:
Image Age– it adds to the photo the aging effect, i.e. saying in other words, they look like old photos. You have the possibility to select the desired color effects and age effects offered by the program on the one hand and adjust brightness and contrast on the other hand.
Image Overlay– this tool allows you to overlay the photo with colorful effects, for example, rainbow, flowers, flame, and so on.
Frame– Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 offers a lot of different stylish frames to beautify photos. Everybody will find the desired frame for adorning photos.
Emboss– this tool is used to add an embossing effect to the photo; all you need is to select the desired angle and adjust brightness.
Shade– with the help of this tool you can apply a shadow effect to the photo by specifying an angle and adjusting brightness.
Blue Shift– this tool helps you to make your image look like an old Polaroid photo.
Color Effects– you want your photos to look something extraordinary? If it is so, you have the possibility to add different color effects to them, for example, you can add a Sepia effect, turn into a grayscale photo, invert the colors of the image, and so on.
Artistic– do you want to try your artistic skills? It is very easy to do with the help of Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 because it offers different artistic tools which help you to turn your photos into an oil painting, charcoal painting, pencil sketch on the one hand and posterize or solarize them on the other hand.
Sharpen and Blurs– Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 allows you to sharpen and blur your photos by selecting the desired strength.
Noise– with the help of the program you have the possibility to add or remove noise on the one hand and apply a spray or softening effect to your photo on the other hand.
Distort– do you want to add unusual distortion effects to your photos? If it is so, you can take full advantage of four distortion effects offered by the program. You have the possibility to use the following distorting effects:
Shear– it adds a shearing effect to the photo; you can also adjust the desired color around the sheared image and control the rotation angle.
Wave– it is used to achieve a waving effect; the program allows you to select the desired wave height and length.
Swirl– it adds a swirling effect to the photo.
Implode / Explode– it adds an exploding effect.
Windows Vista- Windows 10
Microsoft .Net 4.0 Framework
200 MB of free hard disk space
2 GB of RAM
Processor with at least 1 GHz
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 is a program for those users who want to edit and correct photos quickly and professionally. You do not need any advanced photo skills to edit photos; just select a desired photo and apply one of offered effects. Everything is very easy and understandable.
I think that Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 is necessary for everyone who uses a digital camera because one click of the mouse is fully enough to optimize photos, add various effects, adjust contrast and brightness, and so on.
1. A very intuitive and easy to use interface
2. A lot of essential tools for photo editing