Today, I will show you a photo editor for beginners. So, for those advanced and professional
users you might say that this software should not be reviewed at all as it is very straight forward. But hey guys, this software is not free. Hence, it’s a good idea for possible buyers to have an overview of what they can get out of this application.
The site claims that this is primarily being use to blend photos and apply special effects. We will take a look at some quite few effects we can use out of this program. Features aren’t really stunning but an impressive output always depends on your creativity.
Official Site: http://www.picget.net
Trial version: http://www.picget.net/magicphoto/download.html
For any of the two (2) trial version, you can use the application 30 times before it expires.
I recommend at least Pentium III with 500MB memory or higher. The installer is only x86, no 64-bit installer available. This software can be installed in Windows XP/Vista/7.
Lets take a look at the Main Window of the application (Figure 1).
Figure 1. The available ‘Menus’
Hit ‘New’ to set up a new project.
Of course this is to save your work into the supported format. Take note that there are only two (2) file formats to choose from in saving a file, either JPG or BMP. Yes, this is a basic software and thus, offers limited functionality. But then again, the output always depends on your creativity.
Use this option to load a photo into the working window. This is an interesting piece. As what I mentioned, you can use your imagination to have a better output. You can start by choosing a mask, then click on ‘Load‘ and choose a photo. In this manner, the output will be different. The entire photo will not be displayed, but only part of the photo will be displayed according to the mask you have chosen. See Figure 2.
Figure 2. Two (2) photos loaded after choosing a circle mask.
You can always move those images anytime you want. All you have to do is click on the image you want to reposition and drag&drop it to a new position.
This is use to set up your background image. Take note, that small-size pictures may be blurred (pixelated) in Magic Photo Editor. So the picture’s minimum size should be 800 x 600 pixels. For better display, choose a photo with a higher resolution. e.g 1024×768 but don’t load a very big file as it would also take time to load it.
Click ‘Mask’ to choose a desired mask. Different mask makes your photo in different shape, then blends it onto the backdrop image.
Figure 3. Masks window. The full version contains 180 masks and mini version contains 20 masks.
To add additional design, you can add a clip art on your image.
Figure 3. Clipart. Mini version contains 20 cliparts and full version has 100 cliparts.
You may ask, can I add more clipart images by accessing the image database of the application? The answer is NO. The image database is in *.SSL format. Well, if you know how to decompress and edit it, then you might have a chance in adding more cliparts. Also, once the image is loaded into the window, you can always move those images anytime you want. All you have to do is click on the image you want to reposition and drag&drop it to a new position.
This is the similar to ‘clipart‘ except for the fact that you are to load a cartoon image. There are 180 cartoon images you can choose from and the image database can not be altered as it is in SSL format.
Figure 4. Cartoon window. Mini version contains 20 cartoons and full version has 180 cartoon images.
To add shining outlines, just click on the outline button. There are 60 outlines and you can either choose gradient (multiple colors) or single color.
Figure 5. Outline window. Mini version contains 20 outlines and full version has 60 outlines.
This is used to add text comments on your images. You can enhance this by choosing a text/speech balloon. You may choose both option or just add plain text message.
Figure 6. Text window.
Obviously, this one adds a frame into your photo.
Figure 7. Frame window. Mini version contains 20 frames and full version has 100 frames.
This is of course to delete/remove the frame. Remember, if you would like to change the frame, you don’t have to delete it before you change the frame. You can just go into the frame window and choose a desired frame, it will automatically change the frame. The only time you would choose del frame when you would like to completely remove the frame from your work.
This is a small CHM help guide to walk you through on the basics of the program.
To get the full version, you need to enter your registration key, etc.
Alright, let’s take a look at of my basic sample.