Editors' reviewIt s nice to see a photo-editing program aimed at the audience between rank beginner and the seasoned pro. Similar to many basic programs, Photo Lab offers simple touch-up filters, including the all-important red-eye reduction. But it also provides effects such as Gaussian blur, sharpening, saturation adjustment, and brightness and contrast correction. It supports TIFF, BMP, GIF, JPEG, and even multilayer Photoshop files. Photo Lab also includes multilayer support, color filters, fade-out effects, a clone tool, a gradient tool, and selection tools. You will find a few basic drawing tools but nowhere near as many as we've seen in other image-based applications. The interface is similar to Adobe Photoshop, and you can make many changes in the preview mode. However, there s no way to customize the itsy-bitsy toolbars. The online help is rather spotty, too. Photo Lab best suits users familiar with Photoshop, but who don t want its high-end features, or high-end price.
Photo Lab streamlines image processing for the Web and provides all of the essential design tools in one handy application. Acquire images from scanners or digital cameras, take screenshots, or copy images from a Web page. Enhance brightness, contrast, sharpening, adjust levels, gamma or saturation in instant preview mode. Create stunning collages in multiplayer true color mode with text, transparent images or vector graphics from any external editing application such as Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator. Photo Lab provides a number of options to optimize images for the Web so they load faster. Supported formats PNG, TIFF, BMP, GIF, JPEG, PSD, and WMF. The product comes with Bannershop GIF Animator and 3D Button Maker.