- No geotag maps
- Weak chromatic aberration and noise corrections
- Not enough lens profiles
- Some menus slow
AI Style Transfer
If you’ve seen the Prisma mobile app, you know how fun it can be to turn prosaic cameraphone shots into artsy, painted-looking images. CyberLink PhotoDirector Ultra v20.4.2829.1 Crack Style Transfer, available in Edit mode, does the same thing for your DSLR photos. You only get 10 styles included with the program unless you subscribe to Director Suite 365. Otherwise, AI Style Packs cost $149 each, but they are very cool, especially the Chinese Painting pack. The effects took about 20 seconds to apply on my photos.
You can adjust the strength of these effects and erase it for select areas of the image with a brush. Better yet, the Person Selection tool lets you easily apply the art effect to everything but a person. It worked instantly and flawlessly in my testing, producing a striking image.
Another option is Apply original color. It creates a color palette for the painting effect using your image, rather than using the palette included with the effect. I found that using the template color scheme produced a more drastic, artsy result. I would like more controls, and remixing capabilities. For example, the canvas creases in the example above weren’t adjustable, and applying the effect a second time produced the exact same effect, meaning it doesn’t recalculate the effect. A Reapply tool would be nice here.
In Guided mode, the Sky Replacement option lets you instantly apply a more dramatic sky than the drab one in your photo. It found the obelisk in my test shot of the Vatican easily. A dozen preloaded skies are available within the app, and you can download more. Some even feature moving clouds for use in GIFs or video files. You can adjust the feather and horizon for the effect and change the color cast of the land or the exposure of the sky.
CyberLink PhotoDirector Ultra v20.4.2829.1 Crack recently introduced a photo animation tool that uses AI to determine a photo’s subject to animate the background. PhotoDirector’s photo animation tool (on the Guided tab) offers a lot more control, though it’s less automatic. To get started, simply draw an arrow on an object in your photo in the direction you want it to move. You can control the speed, as well as pinning areas that you don’t want to move.
New for version 13 is the ability to add background music that pulses to the beat of the animation, although that requires exporting it as a video file. This effect is especially successful with sports images, and I can see good use cases for it in social posts. You can save your result not only as an animated GIF, but also as MPEG-4 or WMV.
Another cool animation is called the Dispersion effect, on the Create tab. It lets you select an object in your photo that will peel off and away into particles. You simply mark the area you want to disperse, choose a shape for the particles (circle, square, and so on), a size, and direction. You can use this for either still or animated images.
The third animation type is Motion Stills, also on the Create tab. I had a little trouble figuring out what effect this was supposed to produce, until I watched an explanatory video. The trick is that your source media needs to be all shot from the same viewpoint. Alternatively, you can start with a video (for more ways to do this, see Video-to-Photo, below). If you move the camera at all either during video or still shooting, the result is unconvincing.
The Glitch Effect
In the Guided mode, the Glitch Effect makes your photo look like an artistic misprint. Though that may sound unappealing, it’s actually a cool look, as you can see above. Controls let you shift the effect vertically and horizontally and change the fade (or transparency). As with other Guided effects, you can automatically exclude the treatment from a person in your photo, or only apply it to the person.
Left: the Sparkle effect; Right: Light Rays.
Two more Guided effects that are new and noteworthy are Sparkle and Light Rays. The latter can add real drama to an otherwise flat image.
Multiple Exposure Effect
Multiple Exposure Effect is one of PhotoDirector’s coolest features. Take a group of up to 10 action shots while keeping the camera still, and PhotoDirector can automatically produce a multiple exposure like the one below. Doing the same thing in Photoshop would involve selecting the person in all six images and creating masks and layers. PhotoDirector even lets you apply a fade-in or fade-out effect to the sequence. It also lets you reduce the number of exposures from a drop-down, rather than making you recreate the merge.
Layers in Edit Mode
Showing its ambitions to be more than just a photo workflow application competing with Lightroom, PhotoDirector includes layer editing—Photoshop’s forte. I was initially leery about this kind of tool cluttering a program that’s designed for efficient photo workflow. There’s a reason Lightroom doesn’t require photographers to mess with layer editing. CyberLink PhotoDirector Ultra v20.4.2829.1 Crack tool doesn’t clutter things up, though, unless you consider a mode button atop the interface to be clutter. If you don’t want to spring for Photoshop itself, here are your layers.
The button you tap to get to the capability used to be labeled Layers, but now it’s called Edit. When you enter the mode, a Photoshop-lite appearance takes hold, except the layer controls are on the left and the tools (Text, drawing brushes, gradient, fill, shape, blur) are on the right.
As mentioned above, the text controls are fine-detailed, letting you adjust not just font and size, but also kerning, shadow, and border effects. Emboss and bevel options bring the program that much closer to Photoshopping capabilities. Work with layers is saved in PhotoDirector Layer File format (.PHI), not in the more standard PSD.
A dialog tells you it’s best to complete all overall photo adjustments (lighting, white balance, and the like) prior to working with layers.
You can create empty layers, apply prefab project layers, edit with layer masks, group layers, add adjustment layers, and create clipping masks. These techniques will be familiar to Photoshop users, who now have fewer reasons to pay that subscription.
PhotoDirector now offers all 27 blending modes, the same number as Photoshop, which offers a lot of creative options. I like how you can solo and edit a layer by double-clicking on its thumbnail image, but Photoshop’s right-click options are a bit more helpful.
Photo workflow and editing program CyberLink PhotoDirector Ultra v20.4.2829.1 Crack offers a smooth interface and powerful tools. New color tools, animated effects, iStock Getty Images, and object selection are among the many improvements in the latest version.