Photo Editing

My conclusions about ZPS X

In my first blog piece about Zoner Photo Studio X (ZPS X) back on 10 October 2021, I suggested it was likely to take a long time for me to explore all of its features. I said that I’d best get started on my explorations and that, from time to time as I learned, I would post another piece about it here.

On 27 October and then 8 November I published two further pieces about some  of the features I had explored. Since then I have been quiet for a whole host of reasons, none of which need to be set out here. I have checked in on ZPS X on various occasions during that absence though. Well, I did suggest a thorough exploration would take considerable time!

So, have I explored every single feature that is available? No, I still haven’t and that is not surprising given the number of features there are. Nor, incidentally, have I explored everything in the other photo editing software that I’ve primarily been using for years.

Numerous features I have explored though have absolutely persuaded me that ZPS X is a great package. Anyone looking for photo editing software would do well to consider it and then be delighted with what they found. The fact that I will stick with my other editing software is not any reflection of ZPS X. It is simply because I am so used to the other one and the workflow arrangements that I have developed using it. Or am I just too old to change my boring ways?

So, what are the things about ZPS X that appeal to me most? Here is a small selection. It has a substantial volume of user-friendly features. It is an excellent RAW converter. It enables you to easily browse your images. There are regular updates. And excellent articles and videos to teach users. It is intuitive to use. I could continue listing other good things for a long time, but you can learn for yourself and compile your own lists.

I encourage you to explore for yourself. Simply log on to https://www.zoner.com/ then click on the free Download button to get a copy of the software to explore freely for 30 days. Just run the installer and then follow the instructions on the screen. The trial period starts when you activate the program. If you decide to purchase ZPS X after your trial, you can choose whether to pay a small annual fee or a very small monthly fee.

And don’t forget to explore the monthly magazine and the YouTube channel videos. The whole package is so much more than photo editing software. You can learn huge amounts about photography generally. Just one recent example is a piece on image stacking of landscape photographs and using layers to tackle a large dynamic range. Another of the large number of available tutorials reveals how to add objects to a photo so that the resultant photo montage looks realistic.

It has been raining quite heavily where I live today and, as my local photography club is starting this year exploring the subject “Wet,” I ducked outside with my camera and grabbed some shots on the street and the driveway and then of my saturated black umbrella. Then I transferred the images to my computer and used ZPS X to process what I had captured. So, let me leave you with my results.

When you have tried ZPS X for yourself, I’d love to see examples of your creations. Feel free to put them in the comments area of this post. But whether you share any or not, have a great time exploring this package for yourself.

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Photo Editing

First look at Zoner Photo Studio X

I’ve very recently installed some new photo editing software on my PC. Zoner Photo Studio X (ZPS X) is available free for your first month of using it, after which you can pay monthly or yearly for a subscription. The software package offers free pre-sets (and, of course, you can create your own), a free 20 GB of Cloud storage and can be used on an unlimited number of your devices. You can work on an unlimited number of computers without having to pay for a separate license for each one. And for a small extra fee, other members of your household can also use ZPS X.

EISA (Expert Imaging and Sound Association) has named ZPS X the Best Photo Software of 2021-22, saying “This innovative photo software offers a wide range of user-friendly features. Along with being a fully featured raw converter, it provides easy photo editing with layers and masks, while the retouching brush and faces tool are perfect for enhancing portraits. Zoner Photo Studio X also manages your photo catalogue, allowing you to browse by date, shot location, keywords, or folders. The continuous updates and use of artificial intelligence are also very advantageous for users. Zoner Photo Studio X combines features that usually require several programs from other vendors at a very competitive price.”

But hey, I’ve been using another very well-known software package for what seems like an eternity, so why would I even bother looking into something else? Well, quite simply because the opportunity to do so presented itself.

It will no doubt take me some time to explore the features, but right now I’ve noticed many with familiar names or purposes to those I am used to – including Layers and Masks. I’ve also noticed that it supports various RAW formats, that it can be used to create videos, that you can use it to create photo books and order them directly, and that you can create calendars, canvas prints, postcards, collages, and more. There are modules for making panoramas, 3D images and PDF slideshows. You can even have fun with photo editing to make your very own caricature – Zoner’s Learn Photography website has an article explaining how.

Actually, I may never explore every available feature; after all I’ve often said I’ll still be learning things about my current software when I depart this world! But ZPS X comes with an online manual, easily accessed by pressing the F1 key on your keyboard, so that should help enormously whenever anything is not intuitive.

So, I’d best get started on my explorations. From time to time as I learn, I’ll post another piece about it here.

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