How to Use Photo Studio 2020

Last month, we gave away a three-month extended trial to ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2020, and it’s fairly likely you’re still getting to grips with the app. It features a lot of image-editing tools spread across many modes, with a neat tabbed interface. Here, we’re looking purely at PSU2020’s Edit mode. Anyone who’s used Photoshop Elements will recognise the selection tools at the top of the interface, but we’re going to concentrate on the sides – the Filter Menu on the left, which offers adjustments and tools such as Levels, noise reduction and lens corrections, and the Layers palette on the right, on which you can stack and blend Adjustment Layers. If you haven’t already, there’s still time to get your three-month extended trial of PSU2020 by clicking www.acdsee.com/en/3-monthultimate- 2020.

CROP AND ROTATE

AThese tools live under the Geometry heading on the left. Crop and Rotate are separate, but it doesn’t matter in which order you use them. Rotate has a clever feature that sees you draw a line along part of your image that should be horizontal or vertical, and the app rotates the image to fit. Crop allows you to set the width and height of the final crop, along with the proportions. Repair brush The Repair Tool lives near the top of the Filter Menu on the left, and allows you to paint over the area you want repaired and leave the app to do the rest. Heal is probably the best option for repairing skin, while Clone takes another part of the image as its source. Smart Erase is the cleverest – paint over the object to be removed and it vanishes, the background filling in behind it.

LENS CORRECTIONS

There’s a manual chromatic aberration removal tool near the top of the Filter menu, but for those who prefer an automatic process, the Lens Correction section contains profiles for lenses from major manufacturers (plus a few obscure ones from Jupiter, Beroflex and Yongnuo), and will remove CA for you too. A couple of clicks is all it takes, but there’s a manual Strength slider too. Dehaze A useful tool that increases contrast in areas that are fogged or misty. We applied it to the whole image, but it had a strange effect on the sea, so we used the Brush icon, top left, to constrain the effect above the horizon. We used a huge brush to quickly paint over the large area, then a smaller one to tidy up around the edges. Pushing this tool too hard can create noise, so watch out.