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FileStream Image Broadway

By FileStream Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Mar 25, 2014

Although it's billed as a photo editor, FileStream's Image Broadway does a lot more than touch up your photos. A recent (and steep) price cut makes Image Broadway a more affordable alternative to Adobe's Photoshop Elements, but it does have a few drawbacks. You can try Image Broadway (with limits) for free.

Pros

Lots of tools: Image Broadway isn't just a photo retoucher; it's a full-featured graphics editor with drawing, painting, filters, effects, layers, paths, and more.

Familiar face: Like most graphics editors, Image Broadway's layout and tools resemble Photoshop's but with its own touches, such as the expandable right sidebars.

Easy to learn: A good Help file illustrated with examples makes Image Broadway easy to pick up.

Cons

Tool issues: Some tools didn't work as promised. For instance, we couldn't use the Lasso tool to drag copied selections on the image, even with our Wacom pen and tablet.

Onscreen instruction is lacking: Despite the good Help file, the descriptions for the tools explain only how to use them: "Design Brush: Click and drag." It would be better to describe what they do.

Bottom Line

Image Broadway is an affordable alternative to Photoshop and its many imitators. Though a reduced price makes Image Broadway more attractive, it faces stiff competition from freeware graphics tools, so try before you buy.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of FileStream Image Broadway 6.0.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 6.3

A major new feature, Creating Collage from Photos, has been added in this new release. Additional RAW format support has also been added to this new release. Image Broadway now supports RAW formats from 650 camera models.

General

Release April 20, 2015
Date Added April 20, 2015
Version 6.3

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 282,403
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

Turn photos into something extraordinary - Image Broadway is a sophisticated yet simple image and photo editing tool. It is powerful enough to give your images and photos the professional treatment they deserve, yet simple enough to perfect and style your photos by fast browsing and selecting the best filters to apply to. It even lets you sequence, save, and reuse a combination of filters for your favorite treatment. Its professional results, easy-to-use features, small footprint, and affordable price make Image Broadway the "#1 Must Have" image and photo editor for users of all levels. Image Broadway lets you create and edit graphic images with over 100 filters, special effects, and adjustment and repair tools. It supports over 500 cameras. From simple tasks to advanced image editing capabilities, Image Broadway does it all and does it very well. It offers advanced image processing technologies while hiding beneath a user-friendly interface. It also offers batch processing and automation tools. If you have two or more similar photos, you can compare them side by side to see which one you like better. Or, while you're editing a photo, you can compare the edited version with the original to see if you want to keep the changes. Image Broadway comes with the multiple panels option in horizontal or vertical views. You can choose layout based on the orientation of photos. You can also move photo using menu command or drag and drop it from one panel to another. Fix red eyes or remove blemishes from faces. Straighten or correct the building in your photos. Lift dark shadow areas and recover blown overexposure highlights in your photos. Use Auto Color to remove color cast automatically. Use its Auto Level and Auto Gamma tools to analyze your images and determine the correct color balance. Then, apply those adjustments to each channel and each pixel in the image.