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Serif PhotoPlus Starter Edition

By Serif Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff May 20, 2014

Serif's PhotoPlus Starter Edition is a freeware image editing and photo enhancement suite that competes with Photoshop and similar tools. Although PhotoPlus Starter Edition lacks some of the dedicated tools of the pro version, it still does a lot, including adjusting, resizing, retouching, and modifying digital photos and other images.


A lot for freeware: PhotoPlus Starter Edition has most of the pro tool's main features, such as layers, histogram, effects, and a full tool palette.

Help is there: Perhaps more importantly, the freeware has nearly all the onscreen and background help, tips, instructions, and examples as the pro tool.

Capabilities: The freeware lacks some of the pro tool's features but not all its capabilities. For instance, the freeware omits the Filter Gallery but still packs an impressive menu of filters under Effects.


Major features missing: PhotoPlus Starter Edition lacks the pro version's PhotoFix, Cutout Studio, Filter Gallery, and Organizer features, though you might not miss them.

Requires registration: You must register PhotoPlus Starter Edition to use it. Registration is free and enables technical assistance, but it asks for your name, phone number, and street address, or you can register by phone.

Bottom Line

PhotoPlus Starter Edition is impressive freeware that does more than enough to satisfy most users' needs. The overly intrusive registration process may deter some potential users, which is a shame since PhotoPlus Starter Edition is well worth the effort.

Full Specifications

What's new in version

Version 3.0.8 for minor bugs and fixes.


Release August 30, 2013
Date Added August 30, 2013

Operating Systems

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


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Developer's Description

Use PhotoPlus Starter Edition to edit, enhance, and organize you photos. With this powerful image editor program you can correct common photo flaws, make essential enhancements, be creative with artistic text and brushes, and tag & rate photos to find favorites fast. Quick & simple fixes: Easily fix common image problems with tools to remove red-eye, crop & straighten images, change brightness & contrast and more. Powerful repair features: Bring old and damaged photos back to life with PhotoPlus Starter Edition's tools for repairing scratches, removing blemishes and erasing creases, people and objects. Creative tools and features: Explore your creative side with amazing effects and non-destructive adjustments that don't overwrite your images. Create sepia images, adjust hue & saturation, make a single color 'pop' on a black & white photo, use brushes to blend in adjustments. Manage your photos: Keep on top of your growing image collection with the built-in AlbumPlus Organizer. Easily create categorized photo albums and tag and rate your photos to find your favorites fast. Highly compatible: PhotoPlus Starter Edition supports common image formats, including RAW import. So easy to use: PhotoPlus Starter Edition's easy to navigate interface, on-screen 'How To' guides and wealth of video and online tutorials provide a great introduction to PhotoPlus and photo editing in general.

Unlike the full version of PhotoPlus, PhotoPlus Starter Edition does not support 64-bit high color images, has no studio for editing RAW images and has no HDR photo merge feature. Other restrictions of PhotoPlus Starter Edition include no dedicated studios for fixing photos (PhotoFix), and extracting images (Cutout Studio). Plus no Filter Gallery or features for batch processing collections of images.

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