Play With Pictures

Play With Pictures


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 5 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.0.1
File Size:
4.37MB
Date Added:
February 03, 2009
Price:
Free to try (15-day trial); $39.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
16,411
Downloads Last Week:
33
Additional Requirements:
Windows XP/Vista

Editors' review

Play With Pictures takes one of the most essential image-editing features and expands it into an entire program. It is not a photo editor, at least not in the mold of Photoshop. Play With Pictures takes the cut-and-paste feature and simplifies the process while building out supplementary features for creating online avatars, greetings cards, and other projects that require image mash-ups.

The interface presents a reimagining of the image-editing toolset, gearing users towards projects instead of stand-alone edits. The left nav toolbar even notes the steps needed to take a user from start to finish. Tools are categorized as Start, Create, and Finish, clarifying the recommended work flow. Click the Canvas Settings button to begin a project and open a new window from which you can import images, determine background colors, and adjust the image size via slider or by entering specific dimensions. From there, you can add a Cut-Out, Text, or a comic book-style Speech Bubble. The Cut-Out feature lets you import an image, cut foreground objects from it, and paste them into the background you created in Canvas Settings. Finishing tools include Previewing, Saving, and Printing.

If you're looking to remove lens flare or make fine color-corrective adjustments, Play With Pictures is not for you. Children, however, or those who prefer making image collages, will likely get the most mileage out of this image editor, which aims to inject fun into the post-production process.

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    • 4 star: 2
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    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 4 stars

    "Simple and powerful way to make picture collages..."

    February 03, 2009   |   By seleye

    Version: Play With Pictures 1.0.1

    Pros

    wow - the hair extraction. Was looking for something like this for a party invitation I was doing the other day...wish I had it then.

    Cons

    Not enough features to satisfy me - still need my Photoshop

    Summary

    It is v simple way of doing a v difficult job - making collages of my images. I do this a lot, making pics of my friends in compromising situations! lol. There was no manual but I picked it up quickly and was surprised by the results.

    Comparisons: the extraction is out there. None...I see from their websites that they have a product called Fluid Mask - it must be a derivation of this.

    Bottom line: have been looking for something like this to make my picture collages. Needs a few more features. But not bad for a first attempt.

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  • 1 stars

    "Totally Lame!"

    February 03, 2009

    Version: Play With Pictures 1.0.1

    Pros

    Not difficult to use...

    Cons

    $39.95? Seriously? Not worth that at all, especially when there is freeware that does this and much more.

    Summary

    If you want to have this ability and so much more, use GIMP. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

    http://gimp.org

    It takes a bit of getting used to, but there is a ton of documentation. Just Google whatever you need to learn. For instance, in GIMP, you can use the path tool to extract images and add them to a new background. It isn't as good as Photoshop, but for free, it is by far the best.

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  • 5 stars

    "Easy and Quick! Stop using MS Paint to Cut Out Images!"

    February 03, 2009   |   By sagelwwa

    Version: Play With Pictures 1.0.1

    Pros

    As a MS Paint user, cutting out images is really a PITA. This tool works really well on images that are taken with proper backgrounds and lighting. Working with poorly lit images with backgrounds of monotonous colors will still requires manual work.

    Cons

    Not able to adjust line drawing characteristics. The line drawing this program does is pretty good, but it would be best to be able to adjust it as the specific image requires.

    Summary

    Overall, this is a tool that any do-it-yourself image editor needs. Take it from someone who does their image editing in MS Paint, no matter how intense the job... lol. This saves a lot of time when working with the right image. Highly recommended to anyone not using a ridiculously expensive piece of software like Adobe. I must say I have Corel Draw and Corel Trace and this program is my preferred replacement for image trimming because it makes it so easy. Sure Corel may do a better job and have more adjustments, but it is a pain to use. This is quick and easy. Point and click ease and usability.

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  • 4 stars

    "Easy and fun, painless cutting out and layering."

    February 03, 2009   |   By Andy_187

    Version: Play With Pictures 1.0.1

    Pros

    Simple, easy interface. I found it easy to cut out pictures, layer and adjust basic object properies. I particularly liked the canvas slider which allows you to adjust the size of the image based on megapixels.

    Cons

    I'd like to see more editing features.

    Summary

    What it lacks in an abundance of features it more than makes up for with a really powerful extraction tool and incredibly simple layering.
    I can see myself and my children having hours of fun cutting out and creating fun pictures.

    Not sure why the previous reviewer was unable to re-edit his cut-outs? I found the button on the objects panel without any difficulty. Hovering over any icon gives you a description and keyboard shortcut.

    Along with the basic cutting out and layering you can add speech bubbles, annotations and adjust the transparency and color tinting of your cut-outs.

    A nice feature was the ability to duplicate and resize any cut-out as many times as you like.

    Certainly worth downloading and giving it a try! I'll be putting together some tounge in cheek pictures of my colleagues while I watch the clock counting down on Friday afternoon.

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  • 1 stars

    "Not ready for sale or if it is, not worth it"

    February 03, 2009   |   By stevemehere

    Version: Play With Pictures 1.0.1

    Pros

    Seems simple, but that isn't really anything to brag about if it is lacking.

    Cons

    Nothing special. The hype for ease of use is not true. You seen these same tools before. It is lacking functions. After doing a cutout, there was not way to edit There was no instructions with the program or on the site. I would not buy.

    Summary

    when a product does not provide a way to edit your cutout, it is not well thought out. You will waste a lot of time if you can not edit a cutout by having to start over. There should be a way to edit a cutout at all times during the process, even when finished.

    The hype in the description of ease of use is misleading. I have seen other similar tools and there is nothing special about this product that makes it easier to use than the others. It could be from a lack of instructions, both with the program and on the site, is reason it wasn't evident if there was something special about this product. But from what I could see, it had the standard tools to outline what you wanted to cutout or preserve, tools to make corrections, but once you finished your cutout, you COULD NOT go back and edit if you later you noticed some flaws. Very poorly done. I would stay away from a product that does not provide support or documentation.

    It isn't ready for being on the market as a trial product let alone as a purchase.

    Updated on Feb 3, 2009

    I found the edit button, but the product still isn't any thing special as far as I can see. Maybe good instructions and tutor would help, but none to be found.

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