Serif PhotoPlus X2
- Uncluttered and intuitive interface, excellent selection of helpful wizards
- Speed could be improved further
Considering the excellent set of features, Serif PhotoPlus X2 remains very good value for money at $79.99. In a few places it isn't as professional as Photoshop, but it does cost considerably less, and given the excellence of the batch tools and smart filter layers (amongst other things), Serif PhotoPlus X2 really is a great deal.
Price$ 79.99 (AUD)
Given the excellence of its batch tools and smart filter layers (amongst other things), Serif PhotoPlus X2 really is great image-editing software.
When we've looked at previous Serif products, we've been very keen to play up the value for money afforded by the likes of PagePlus, DrawPlus and, of course, PhotoPlus. At the same time, though, we've perhaps been guilty of being slightly condescending.
In a strange sense, though, this is part of Serif's success. Take Serif PhotoPlus X2, the brand new version of the best-selling digital image-editing package.
With Serif PhotoPlus X2's uncluttered and intuitive interface and excellent selection of helpful wizards, you can be polishing off your first project within minutes. And yet, this ease of use shouldn't detract from a feature's set that, in many respects, now rivals that of the high-end Photoshop.
Initially, some of Serif PhotoPlus X2's features sound a little tacky. Makeover Studio, for instance, sounds rather fluffy. In use, though, it works pretty well, letting you remove blemishes, make skin look smoother, or brighten teeth.
You can get previews to see how things will look, and while Serif PhotoPlus X2's results aren't flawless, you do now have a few extra tools for airbrushing the odd imperfection.
Of more practical use are Serif PhotoPlus X2's vastly improved smart filter layers. You get full undo and redo facilities, and you can see a before-and-after preview so that you can get an idea of what you'll be unleashing.
Speed is improved, although we would like to see this cranked up once more. New filter effects cover a decent range, from the hand-drawn look cast by Serif PhotoPlus X2's Comic Book filter to the reshaping created by Vignette.
Serif PhotoPlus X2's batch tools have received less hype but, in many respects, are one of PhotoPlus's most resounding successes. Allowing you to set one of 200 different macros (changing the resolution or adjusting the colour saturation, for instance), or to record your own set of functions, these can perform a variety of different tasks in very little time. As a way of applying the same tools to multiple files, they're excellent.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Bravia 2017 TVs: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 3 LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- 4 Tag Heuer Connected Smartwatch and Android Wear 2 review
- 5 Moto G5 Plus phone: full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Microsoft apologizes after a rogue Windows 10 preview build causes chaos
- Skype's major redesign prioritizes helpful bots and a smart camera over traditional video chats
- All-electric satellites are ushering in zippier in-flight internet access
- Microsoft shows the power of its Pen with a new Whiteboard app and other upgrades
- Windows 10 S will not run Linux, even though it's a downloadable Windows app
PCW Evaluation Team
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
- Ring Video Doorbell review
- Alcatel A3 XL phone: Full, in-depth review
- Sony X9300E 2017 TV: Full, in-depth review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCVMware EngineerNSW
- FTIT TrainerOther
- FTIT Communications Specialist | $62 phOther
- FTSenior Project Manager- Cloud- AWS, Office 365- PRINCE2Other
- FTLAMP Stack Developer/ PHP DeveloperOther
- CCTechnical Support - L2 with NV1 OR NV2 clearance (current / inactive).VIC
- FTTeam Leader/Assistant Director Information Technology Infrastructure Services (ITIS)ACT
- FTSenior Business ConsultantOther
- FT.Net DeveloperOther
- FTAgile Project Manager x 2NSW
- FTDigital Marketing ManagerWA
- FT.Net DeveloperACT
- FTPenetration TesterOther
- FTApplication Support AnalystOther
- TPSenior Business Analyst | 12 month fixed term contractQLD
- CCJava EngineerNSW
- CCWintel Infrastructure EngineersACT
- FTClient EngineerNSW
- CCAPI Platform EngineerNSW
- FTBusiness Systems Analyst (Cognos/TM1)Other
- FTITIL Change Management SpecialistOther
- FTService Delivery CoordinatorOther
- FTSales AssociateACT
- CCContracts AnalystVIC