Spiff up your snapshots with Amazifier

Edit and improve your snapshots with this easy-to-use tool.

Amazifier is an easy tool for jazzing up your digital pictures. It can resize images, correct red-eye, and add frames, stickers, text, and other effects, but its unique interface makes for a user-friendly experience. We tested the freeware version; a premium upgrade adds more features. If you're new to photo-editing tools or feel intimidated by Filters, Layers, and Gammas, Amazifier could be just what you're looking for.

Amazifier's interface is designed to be as attractive and easy to use as possible, and it largely achieves that goal. A left-hand panel accesses its self-descriptive tools: Stickers, Text & Seals, Frames, Effects, Touch-Up, and Drawing. We started by opening an image from our system, but we could also browse for images online, including directly on Facebook, and practice on images before modifying our own. Large buttons let us quickly crop, resize, zoom, and rotate images and adjust the exposure, including an autofix tool. Clicking Stickers called up a scrolling display of sticker groups we could add to our image, each with a huge array of stickers. For example, under Birthdays, we could access all kinds of birthday-related stickers. The same with the Text & Seals tool, which let us add custom watermarks as well as a variety of text messages, and the Frames tool, which let us create attractive settings. The Effects menu also scrolled its selections, displaying what each does on an identical image for superquick identification. We applied several effects, including sepia, invert color, and old-time movie tools. Some tools are marked Premium and are unavailable in the freeware. The Touch-Up tool menu also used a series of identical face images to demonstrate each tool's actions, which are optimized for improving snapshots of people with options such as Eye Color, Hair Color, and Blush. Instead of a color wheel, the Drawing tool's colored pencil selection shows each color individually. We could also easily post our finished images online.

Amazifier's unique interface makes it a great choice for users who don't want to learn all about editing photos; they just want to do it. In the time it takes to figure out how to resize an image using a "pro" tool, you can create, save, and post a personalized greeting or snapshots you're proud to share.

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