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Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 2016

Tune, fix and edit your photos

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English, Arabic, Belorussian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Vietnamese
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 05 April 2016
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Downloads To Date: 2139
Developer: Ashampoo
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Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 2016
Tune, fix and edit your photos

Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 2016 is an easy-to-use tool for tuning and fixing your digital images.

The program takes an app-like approach to photo tweakery. There are no selection tools, no drawing or paint options, no floating toolbars: you just select one or more photos and apply your effects in a click or two.

Tools on offer include the usual Crop, Resize, Rotate, Mirror, Sharpen, Blur, Straighten, and adjustments for brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and gamma.

There's also text and image watermarking, red-eye removal, noise filtering, and an "Image Age" effect.

These individual effects are also quite basic. You don't get to choose your resize algorithm, or correct contrast with a Bezier curve: mostly you have just a slider or two.

Despite that, there are some neat touches. The Crop tool supports common aspect ratios; a neat "Straighten Horizon" option provides two points which you just click and drag to positions on the real horizon; images are auto-rotated based on their EXIF orientation; metadata is preserved when saved.

Also, you don't have to manually edit your images at all. An Auto Optimize tool can fix an entire folder of photos in a click, while a smart Preview feature helps you check the results.

Whatever you're doing, the finished images may be saved in a few core formats (JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, JNG), exported as emails or printed.

Verdict:

Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 2016 is basic, but has the core photo fixing tools you need, and if speed and simplicity is your top priority then it could be a smart choice.

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What does that mean? Essentially it applies a configurable mix of effects, enhancing edges, smoothing backgrounds and emphasizing colours. Take a look at the thumbnail for one example, and the official product page has more.

Spektral Art works much like any similar tool. Open an image, click one of the thumbnails to apply a particular preset, or click a few buttons and drag some sliders to fine-tune the results.

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