PhotoScape X is an incredible photo editing software that can help you edit photos quickly and effectively. This editing program is very user-friendly and comes with all the necessary tools to make your pictures stand out.
Compared to some of the more advanced editing software’s, the learning curve on PhotoScape X is a lot quicker & easier. It allows you to locate photos, edit them and export in a few simple clicks.
This editing software is completely FREE, has the ability to edit both RAW & JPG files and can be downloaded on any Microsoft 10 or Mac computer.
In this tutorial, we’ll cover how to download PhotoScape X, how to get started, some basic editing tips and work our way up to some of its more advanced editing tools.
If you have an older version of Microsoft, note that PhotoScape X might not be compatible with your computer. In that case, we suggest trying out the basic PhotoScape version that we cover more in this post.
PhotoScape X Editing Tutorial:
How To Download PhotoScape X
PhotoScape X editing program is free to download and can be installed in a few simple steps.
To download the free PhotoScape X version, head to the PhotoScape X home page here.
Click on “Download Windows 10” or “Download MAC” depending on what type of computer you use. I clicked on the “Download Windows 10” option since my laptop runs on the Windows 10 program.
Click on the “Get” Button under Free.
You will get a pop up asking “Open Microsoft Store?”. Click on the “Open Microsoft Store” button.
Here I was redirected to the Microsoft Store. If you have a Mac laptop you will be redirected to the equivalent store but for Apple products. Click on the “Get” button under Free and you will see PhotoScape X being downloaded.
Once it’s done downloading it will say “This product is installed”. Click on “Launch”.
This will open the PhotoScape X editing program.
When the PhotoScape X editing software opens up, you’ll be in the home screen.
Here you will see a grid of various small boxes highlighting some of the most popular PhotoScape X editing tools and their locations.
On the top left corner you will see a few tabs like “Viewer”, “Editor”, “Cut Out” etc.
We’ll spend most of this tutorial covering the “Editor” tab that offers tons of incredible editing tools like color, brightness, contrast, filters and many more.
To get started with editing a photo click on the “Editor” tab.
On the left side, you can browse through your computer’s folders to find the images that you want to edit. I created a “PhotoScape Editing” folder under my Pictures to easily access my photos.
To edit an image simply grab and drop it into the open space on the right. Depending on the file size it may take a few seconds for the image to open up in PhotoScape X. If that doesn’t work, click on “Open” and open the photo manually.
Note that as you’re getting to know PhotoScape X editing software you’ll notice an option that offers users to upgrade to the Pro paid version to gain access to additional tools. If you’re new to editing, you don’t need to worry about upgrading to the Pro version as the free version offers all the necessary tools to edit images.
Basic Editing Tips
In the next section we’ll cover tips on how to easily edit and improve images using a few basic PhotoScape X editing tools.
One of the first steps in editing that can really improve an image is fixing its exposure level. If the image is too dark, you won’t be able to see a lot of the detail and color that would normally show.
In our example we’ll use this image that was shot way too underexposed.
While ideally, you want to capture the right exposure settings in the camera as you take the image, sometimes you’re just in a rush and can’t adjust the settings correctly on the spot. Don’t worry – if you shoot your images in RAW, you’ll have the ability to recover detail and color without compromising the image quality.
To do so, make sure you’re in the Editor section and select the “Color” tab.
To lighten up the image increase:
- Brighten. We’ll slide the brightness to 100 since the image is super dark.
- Lighten Shadows. We’ll increase this to about 50 to lighten up the dark areas of the image to bring out more detail and texture.
- Exposure. Exposure is very similar to brighten. We already increased Brighten to 100 and the image still looks very dark so we’ll up the Exposure to about 65.
To see the “Before & After” click on the Compare button. If you’re happy with the changes click on Apply.
As we can see the image looks a lot brighter and more colorful by just adjusting these three sliders.
If you’re done with editing your image, make sure to Save your edited image. We’ll cover that more in the last section of this tutorial but note that if close out without saving the changes, any edits you’ve done so far will be lost.
Have you ever experienced the most epic sunrise or sunset but when you look back at your photos they just don’t compare to it? If your photos come out a bit dull or colorless, thankfully you can easily add color back into your images by using the Color tab.
To do so make sure you’re in the Editor section and go to the Color tab. In the color tab increase:
- Vibrance. Vibrance is a tool that will add color to the image, similar to Saturation. I like to use the Vibrance tool because it will only intensify the colors that look muted and leave the colorful parts as they are.
- Lighten Shadows. This will bring out detail and color in the darker areas of the photo. This is especially helpful if you shoot sunset and sunrise photos that can often come out a bit too dark.
- Darken Highlights. This will darken the light parts of the image. By darkening highlights, we are able to make the sky look a lot more vibrant.
- Saturation. Saturation increases the intensity of all colors in the image. When adding saturation be careful not to go overboard with it. While a little bit of saturation can make the photo look better, too much can make it look unnatural and overly saturated.
- Temperature. Since we’re going for a sunset look in this photo we’ll move the temperature slider towards the orange/warmer tones.
- Tint. We’ll move the tint slider a bit towards purple tones which look more natural than green tones in a sunset.
When you’re happy with the coloring, click Apply to apply the edits. You can see how much more colorful and vibrant the “After” picture looks compared to the “Before” shot below.
Crop & Straighten
Our photo is slightly crooked so we’ll straighten and crop it. To do so go to the Edit tab and click on the Straighten tool.
You’ll see little grid lines appear so try to match the horizon with one of the horizontal grid lines by moving the Angle slider. When the photo looks straight, click Apply.
Next, we’ll crop some of the extra space on the top and bottom of the image to center on the subject more. Click on the Crop tool under the Edit tab.
Then select the crop ratio or crop free hand. I normally like to crop my vertical images to a 4:5 ratio that is the optimal ratio for Instagram and social media.
Next drag over the image and release whenever you have selected the desired area. You can move the selection around or increase/reduce it until you find a crop that you’re happy with.
Whenever you’re done, just click on the Crop check mark to apply the crop.
Other Editing Tools
Now that you know how to do basic editing adjustments like brightness, color, and crop, here are a few other useful PhotoScape X Editing tools.
Spot Healing Brush
One of my favorite tools of PhotoScape X is the Spot Healing brush. This tool can remove any unwanted spots from the image that you don’t want to be shown.
For this example, we’ll use a drone shot that would look pretty awesome if it wasn’t for all the other people in the image. These days it’s almost impossible to go to a place and be the only person there but thankfully the Spot Healing Brush has the ability to fix that easily.
Go to the Tools tab and select “Spot Healing Brush”.
Use the slider to adjust the Brush Size to be bigger or smaller.
Then simply click on the spots of the photo that you want to remove and the brush will do all the hard work for you by replacing the unwanted spots with other pixels from the surrounding area.
We can see that with a few clicks I was able to remove all the other people from the image.
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PhotoScape X Film section has a ton of awesome filters that can be applied to images. These filters come with preset settings for light, contrast, color and more. Each film filter can create a different look or mood with one simple click.
To apply a film effect to your image click on the Film tab and click through the little preview windows until you find a preset that you like.
For this image we’ll go with the Cocktail film that adds a subtle warm, light edit to the image.
Use the slider to adjust the filter intensity. Then click Apply.
The great thing about PhotoScape X Film presets is that you can easily and quickly edit your photos. This is especially handy if you’re in a time crunch or if you’re new to editing and are just not sure where to start.
Next, we’ll add a little bit of a light leak in our photo. A light leak is a spot or an area on an image that looks as if light has leaked through the camera exposing the film to extra brightness.
PhotoScape X has a lot of different fun light leak options that can be found under the Light tab. Light Leaks 1 are light leak presets that will apply a change to the entire image.
Light Leaks 2 will apply a small light leak to a part of the image and these can be modified a little bit more with placement options.
For our photo we’ll go with Light Leak 1 option 009 that look like small bokeh lights.
HDR or “High Dynamic Range” is a technique that photographers use to capture extra detail in photos. In a typical HDR process a photographer will usually take multiple photos at different exposure levels (dark, medium, light) and then use the HDR setting to combine these photos into one. This would yield one finished photo with even exposure levels and tons of detail.
PhotoScape X has created a tool that can replicate a similar process. Instead of combining 3 or more images together the PhotoScape X HDR tool will adjust settings in a single photo to bring out the maximum detail and color.
In our example we’ll use a sunrise photo that came out too dark and shows almost no color or detail in it.
To apply the HDR effect go to the Edit tab and click on the HDR tool.
Under the HDR settings, we’ll increase the HDR amount to 75 and the HDR Vibrance to 100 to add more color to our photo. Then click Apply.
In our before & after images below we can see how much detail and color the HDR tool can bring out in the image. We can actually see parts of the image that were not visible before.
From using the HDR tool we can see a little bit of light distortion on the left and right sides of our photo so we’ll do a quick 4:5 ratio horizontal crop to cut that off.
Another cool camera setting that PhotoScape X can replicate is the blurred background effect that can usually be captured using a portrait lens and a wide aperture (low f-stop) camera setting. But you don’t need a fancy lens to get the same effect– PhotoScape X offers a few different tools that can replicate this look.
In this example, we’ll use the Miniature tool to make the background of the image look blurry and also apply more contrast in the same step.
Go to the Edit tab and click on the Miniature tool.
The standard settings for this tool look a bit too much so I lowered the Amount to 10 and Contrast to 30 to get a more natural look.
Place the center of the tool on the person so the person looks sharp and everything else around looks out of focus. Adjust the radius and size as needed.
Click Apply. Now the background looks a bit blurry putting focus on the subject while also adding more contrast to our photo.
Saving & Exporting
When you are done with editing your image, don’t forget to save your changes before opening up another photo.
To do so click on the Save button on the bottom right corner.
I usually choose the Save As option to save a new copy of the image with edits instead of overriding the original photo.
If you want the photo to be in the highest quality, move the JPG Quality slider to 100. This will increase the file size but will also provide the best image.
If you want to learn how to edit amazing photos like a pro, PhotoScape X is the best computer editing software for just that. PhotoScape X will help you step up your editing skills while making the learning process easy and fun.
We hope our tutorial has helped you discover some of the best PhotoScape X editing tools to get started. Let us know your favorite features in the comment section below!
66 thoughts on “How To Edit Beautiful Photos Using PhotoScape X Editor”
how do I adjust backlight using Photoscape X? There was an option in the older version, but I don’t see it…
It seems that the Backlight option was removed from the latest PhotoScape version, but you can achieve a very similar result in PhotoScape X by using the HDR tool under the “Edit” section. The purpose of the Backlight tool was to make the dark parts of the image lighter and the HDR tool essentially does the same. With the HDR tool, you can even adjust how much detail you want to show in the image and add more color too.
Thanks so much for getting back to me – I just tried out this feature with a photo I was working on – thanks for the tip!
How do I get sun rays to come through trees? I tried lights but it looks blown out.
To achieve a natural look I would try a combination of Lights and Lens Flare tools under the “Light” section. I personally like the Lights 001 effect along with applying Lens Flare 003 effect.
You can make these effects look less blown out by reducing the Brightness slider. You can always apply multiple layers of each effect that way you can better control how blown out it looks.
Hope this helps!
hi I have pro version ,,and wondering if there is any chance to set and reuse settings ….preset or luts . thanks
It looks like the original Photoscape version has an option to save presets for Brightness & Color with the “Save Configuration” button, but it doesn’t seem like this button was added into PhotoScape X version.
You can, however, batch edit multiple images under the “Batch” tab to save time and make them look consistent.
It would be nice if Photoscape gets “deblur”. The Pro extras also include many features of editing used in other photo programs and I opine look worth the small fee for their purchase.
Thank you for the data, it will be very useful.
In my opinion, considering its price, the pro version is well worth having.
I forgot to thank you for your excellent tutorial on using this super program. Thanks.
I have the pro version and I love it! Can you add presets to this…like buy others and add to these amazing ones already here??
I haven’t seen the option to add presets except for the existing filters already available under the Film tab. You can also Batch Edit photos meaning if you come up with a really awesome look that you like, you can add that to other photos under the Batch tab.
How do I create a drop shadow with PhotoScape X?
Are you trying to add Drop Shadow to a text? In that case, you can do that under Editor->Insert->Text. Once you add the desired text over your image, simply select the Drop Shadow box below. Then it will add a Drop Shadow below your text and you will have an option to modify the drop shadow’s color, distance, blurriness, and angle.
Hope this helps!
How do I highlight a portion? In the previous Photoscape, I could select an area similar to when cropping, then add a layer of yellow to just that area reduced to ~10%. In my case, I was highlighting old census records of certain families.
In the new PhotoScape X version you can do the same by going to Editor-Insert-then select the solid rectangle option & highlight the area that you want to stand out. Then you can choose the yellow color and move opacity down to 10%.
1. Can you tell me can I exposure stack images, so I can combine multi exposure images.
2. Is there some way of opening several images at the same time to do a comparison from the same folder that aren’t next to each other in the folder
1. Yes, you can stack multiple images with different exposures in PhotoScape X but you will need to upgrade to the PRO version to do that. This setting is called HDR and you can access it under the “Viewer” tab. Just select the 3 images that you want to be stacked, right-click on one of the images, click on “Photo Merge” and then click on “Merge To HDR”. Then you’ll need to click on the “Merge” button and then “Save”.
2. You can open multiple images under the Batch tab. Then you can move them around for comparison as you wish.
Am fotografiat cu telefonul mobil fotografii dintr-un film negativ alb-negru și le-am postat pe PhotoScape dar nu știu cum să la fac POZITIV. Este posibil ?
Se pot transforma și negative color în pozitive ?
Under “Edit” Tab in PhotoScape X there is an editing option called “Negative” (it looks like a raindrop and it’s next to the “Black and white” filter). Hope this helps!
Is it possible to export an edited photo to, say, facebook; or to attach it directly yo an e-mail?
With PhotoScape X Program the only option available seems to be that you can save a photo into a designated folder on your computer.
To do so you can click on the “Save” button on the bottom right corner (or click Ctrl+S). Then you can choose the designated folder, change the file name and export quality.
Hope this helps!
We purchased some days ago the Photoscape X Pro and it is amazing what we can do with this tool
But I got one question, my wife and me are both scuba divers and I’m looking at a way how to to correct the photo’s I made, if you are diving colours are disappearing the deeper you go. It starts with RED
I was looking for YouTube tutorials etc, but could not find anything.
Do you know a way how to compensate
There are multiple ways how you can add more color to your photos. You can do it by using “Vibrance” and “Saturation” tools under the Color Tab. You can also use “Magic Color” or “HDR” tools under the Edit Tab.
If you’re looking specifically to enhance one color, you can do so by using “Point Color/Emphasize Col” tool under the Edit Tab. Select this tool and then select the color you want to emphasize (like red). Increase Color Range and Foreground Saturation sliders which will add more color to the red parts of the image. Then also increase Background Saturation to add more color to the photo in general, otherwise it will mute all other colors like blue and green.
Hope this helps!
Very nice tutorial
Hi, I’m new to Photoscape X and so far am enjoying it very much. I wondered if there is a way to see an edit history on a saved image. I can’t remember what I did to get the photo I ended up with 🙂 When I pull up the saved image, none of the revert, redo, undo options are highlighted. Thanks, Roxanne
PhotoScape X doesn’t seem to show edit history. However if you save the photo as PSXPRJ format under “Save Project” options, you can go back and continue editing your photo later and revert, undo and redo your original edits.
I have enjoyed working through your excellent tutorial, thank you. I have a question for you, is it possible to create a panorama in Photoscape please?
Yes, you can easily create a panorama in the PhotoScape X program.
To do so click on the “Combine” tab on the top menu bar. Then drag and drop the images that you want to combine together into a panorama. Next on the top right corner select “Horizontal” for a landscape photo and you’re all set!
Hi, (from Australia.) I have downloaded Photoscape x and love this software.
I am stuck on a simple move can you please help me?
In “edit” mode I have file names for different photos.
I click on a file name and the photos show underneath.
QUESTION: I wish to batch move (8 photos) across to the right (large) screen to allow me to edit these photos.
Thanking you. Regards Ross.
If you want to edit multiple photos, you can do that under the Batch tab. To move multiple photos across to the right, hold CTRL and select all of the photos you want to edit. Then drag and drop them into the right screen.
You will see the edit tools available on the right (click on the + to expand them). As you edit one photo, the edits will apply to all of them.
Hope this helps!
What is the best way to deal with blown out sky on Photoscape X?
There are a couple of things that you can do to fix a blown-out sky:
Under the Editor-Color section:
1. Darken the entire image
2. Bring up the slider that says “Darken Highlights” – this will darken the bright areas of the image like the sky
3. Click on “+ More” and lower the sliders that say “Brightness” and “Whites”
Is there a way to show editing history?
Not that I know of. I only see a “Compare” button to view the before & after version of the photo with edits.
I don’t see anyway to name what was done so knowing what effect created the stage one is at seems difficult. If I missed something please point me to the solution. TIA
I have other question(s) that I will try to ask elsewhere in your comment section.
To my knowledge, there is no way to save editing presets or see edit history. You can only save the final photo.
I have worked with a lot of different digital imaging programs and installed this one over a year ago but just in the past couple months have tried to use it and locate all the tutorials I could find. Not too many videos and the PSX ones have no voice. I just looked at your text one again and decided to see if you have an answer to an issue I have not been able to solve.
With a W/A lens, distortion due to tipped backward structures is an issue. With some programs it is fairly easy to fix from an auto fix to moving the crop tool within the image to straighten both verticals and horizontals.
I have tried all of the perspective tools in the freeware version with no real success. Also, unable to locate any useful info online as to which tool and how to use it either in a video or in text.
Perhaps you have the info needed or can point to a site that offers the help for accomplishing this task. TIA
Try this: under the Edit tab select the “Crop” tool. Then click on “Perspective Crop”. It will open a screen where you can freehand crop an image. Try to align the cropping borders along the tilted structures to straighten them. Once you’re done click on “Crop” to save the changes. Hope this helps!
I had tried this before but just did not quite get it correctly done. I have a structure that seems to have awkward planes that need adjustment to both H and V — turning the H and pulling forward on the V. I have been able to do it some but not fully as I can do with some other programs.
I have some others to work on and will see how it goes.
I am also going to see if I can add PSX to Affinity Photo as a plug-in or I may try to simply do the edits except for the crop and then save the project at that point and save as a .jpg and then open the .jpg in AP and do the perspective control there,
Oh, one other item — is there anyway to be notified of a response to comments rather than having to either bookmark this link or leave it open?
Thanks for the reply and TIA.
Another issue is in my attempt to purchase the product so I can unlock the pro features.
No means to complete the address form for someone that lives outside of the US.
Does this mean that the Pro version is only available to US residents?
I have tried to communicate with both Microsoft and PSX with no response.
Any assistance would be appreciated.
I am not sure about that. I suggest emailing the PhotoScape X team at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Thanks Laura — I have emailed both locations — MS and the Team and have not received any response yet. Hopefully now that folks will be working after the holidays someone will reach out for the money.
Playing with another program called FotoSketcher. I used to use something similar years ago when working with MS Digital Image Pro 2006. It was various .8bf plugins that I added. Unfortunately, most of those plugins don’t work with AP.
I don’t know if they can be added to PSX. Do you? If so do you know how to do the importing?
I still have to see if I can add PSX as a plug-in to Affinity Photo.
is it a way i can stitch images together for a bigger and sharper photo
Yes, you can do that under the “Combine” tab. To do so just drag and drop the images that you want to stitch together. Then click on Vertical, Horizontal, or Tile on the top right corner for the desired layout.
This only seems to place images next to each other and join them. I need a way to overlap images for the most seamless join, and stitch them together. Is there a way to do this, like in the old Photoscape?
When I complete my editing of a photo, I don’t seem to be able to transfer the edited version to viewer nor load it into a folder. Where can I find advice ?
When I’m done with editing an image in PhotoScape X, I usually save the edit by clicking on the “Save” button on the bottom right corner. Then I click on “Save As” and I rename the file so it saves a second copy instead of saving over the original file. Hope this helps!
Thanks for the really useful info.
I have one problem tho when I take photos, I take them in Raw. However, this takes up a lot of space and I want to be able to get back and edit all of them one after the other. Although after I have edited it, I press save, (I want to be able to save the edited picture and replace the non-edited picture with the edited JPEG), however it wont let me save it, i have to save as. Can you help me pls!!1
I want to posterize a photo. Can I do that with PhotoScape X and how?
Yes, you can! The Posterize Tool is located under Editor Tab -> Edit -> Effects -> Posterize. Then you can decrease the effect amount from 100% to less if needed.
How do I insert my digital signature on a photo?
To add a digital signature on a photo in PhotoScape X open that photo, then go to Editor-Insert-Image. Then select the digital signature (in PNG) and click Open. It will add the signature on the photo and you can move it around for better placement.
Hi Laura! It is only now that I came across this article and I am happy that I did. Great tutorial .. thank you for putting this together! Actually, I’ve been using PhotoScape X Pro for quite a long time but I am still not very familiar with some if its features. If I use them (and with more o a guessing game of what the feature does, it is more like a hit and miss (more on the miss). This article at least gave me more explanation on certain features. For example, the miniature – I did not know what this can do. When I wish to blur the background and focus on the foreground, I would always use the blur editing feature. Now, I know that this can be done with ease using the miniature feature!
Any chance that you can have another tutorial on the other features of the s/w? Like what do the different blur options offer (blur-lens blur-median-bilateral blur) or how to use/control the lasso mark, etc.
Again, great work!
I’m so glad that this tutorial has been very helpful! As of now, this is my only tutorial on PhotoScape X Editor but I’ll be sure to cover some of these tools if I do another one.
EXCELLENT comments Laura. I was using three different photo editing products until I discovered PhotoScape X Pro. It now my go to editing tool 90% of the time. Just an excellent product.
I notice that you mention the ratio for Instagram. Can you share how you share your photos that you’ve edited with PhotoScape X to Instagram? Thank you and thank you for such a wonderful tutorial, very helpful!
For vertical images on Instagram, 4:5 is the optimal ratio to maximize the photo size. When I’m done editing a photo, I save it on my computer and I use a scheduling program called Planoly to upload them. Planoly shows me a preview of my Instagram page and allows me to see whether the editing style of the photo matches the grid before uploading it. In Planoly you can also add captions and specify a time that the photo should be posted. Hope this helps clarify that!
I want to save files to a designated folder without having to go back and rename them all in the folder. Whenever I click the ‘save’ option and click ‘save as a new file name’, it opens to my pictures folder instead of the last folder I saved to.
Is there a way to fix this?
That’s really strange. When I select “Save As”, it saves the image to the last folder that I used. I would email them directly and see if they can help further: email@example.com.
Sorry I couldn’t be of more help! Laura
Hi Laura. I wonder whether Photoscape X can superimpose a stamp consisting of file names and perhaps some other attributes on photos in a batch mode. For example, I took a bunch of photos in a city, added timestamps & locations to filenames and now want these to be stamped on respective photos in a particular corner and be visible when slideshowing. Thanks in advance.
Hi Laura, thank you for the great tutorial. I’ve been using Photoscapee for a long time. Is there a way cut down shine on a face without really changing the color? I’ve tried to deepen or darken and it just doesn’t get rid of the shine.
Hi Kelly, you can try a few different tools that might work better:
1) Adjust the Shadows and Highlights sliders under the “Color” tab.
2) Use the Dehaze tool under the “Edit” tab. I suggest using the Mask option and applying Dehaze only to the part of the face that has the shine. You can increase the Amount of Dehaze applied and simultaneously Lighten Shadows to even out the color tone. This option seems to work the best.
3) Use the Clone Stamp tool under the “Tools” tab. With this tool, you can select parts of the face that don’t have the shine and paste that over. The clone Stamp tool is part of the Pro Version so you might want to try the other steps first.
The information you shared is really great. I will try to follow your instructions. Besides that, I’m also using an online photo editing background tool with AI technology. It really helped me a lot in my work.
I’ve used this program for a long time. Suddenly when I try to crop images using the dots the crop box will jump to a different location or will condense the box to the dots superimposed on top of each other.
congratulations for the excellent tutorial!
Today I downloaded Photoscape and try some features.. overall good. I’ll think buy the pro version, but I would like to specify one thing. Photoscape can read raw files but cannot develop or edit them because it does not have a raw development engine. I did a test with Photoscape for overexposure recovery, starting from .jpg and .raw formats and the result is identical. Just see the difference with Camera Raw’s highlight recovery at the link below. Obvious Photoscape is free (basic version) Camera Raw no, but I wanted to clarify it because I have read on the net several times written that Photoscape can edit raw files. This is not true. For the rest all ok!