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!