Review of Auto FX Photographic Edges 7 Platinum Edition
by Robert A F van de Voort
A software program that creates edges around images off digital
photographs is for me very important. It is one of the few areas
where I can create images without substantially altering the content
of the existing image. Only the appearance changes, and this in
most cases (can) enhance the photograph. Actually I'm bored with
the straight edges off most images, everybody has them and I like
to be different.
Auto FX platinum edges does just what I want it to do. And even
more - it is like a discovery trip, so many choices, I feel like
a kid in a toyshop...
The interface of this program works on the general principle of
all the previous DreamSuite programmes.
If you have another software program like ' dreamsuite ' you will
already be familiar with the layout. The layout of this program
feels more intuitive than the other program of photo frame pro no
three. This is more user-friendly, it shows immediately the changes
you have applied, and allows you to alter the edges or any other
attributes you have given to the image on-the-fly.
You can either use this program as a plug-in for Photoshop, or use
it as a standalone program. I use it as a standalone program because
all my image editing is done in Photoshop, and I consider creating
edges something I can do better and quicker than with running Photoshop
in the background.
It takes a little while before you have worked out all the settings,
are but even if you do not know any settings go ahead and choose
a frame. Considering most of us will be quite new to this interface
it works amazingly easy and intuitively. Especially because all
the preselected options are presented as a frame or image, you see
what you get. Not all the options that you can choose from are totally
professional-based. You find many other additions, like images for
your scrapbook, birthday and seasonal edges, everything has been
covered as well as a extensive collection of professional frames
that you can put around your image. You can place preselected templates
inside your frames, you could almost make an image just out of all
the templates provided.
You just have to watch out that you do not get carried away and
create an image that is so wildly different from your original,
and perhaps this is where there is a small problem, although it's
not really a problem it's more an exciting opening, there are so
many possibilities to create an image that you are just lost which
is the right choice? There are too many opportunities... you may
end up with a couple of images based on the same original.
I have been a long-time user of Photo frame Pro number three. Photo
frame Pro offers many frames, but it has not got the facility to
change each frame in the same endless ways as this program does.
It feels a little wooden in comparison to this program. Possibly
because I am a very visual person. The flexibility of photo auto
fx platinum edition is really beyond belief. When you experiment
and you have made a mistake, it is easy to go back to one or more
steps back in order to retrieve your original.You can create these
new edges on new layers, it is a non destructive program
This edition offers something new, Polaroid transfers, you can create
your transfer that looks very closely to a realistic transfer. As
I have created many real Polaroid transfers, I really know how to
make them in reality, somehow this clinical remake of a transfer
in pixels is slightly different but it gets very close to reality,
most people will not know the difference. If you carefully select
the correct settings you can make it look very realistic, if you
know what to aim for.
I believe this is the problem with digital photography - previously
we could make images with film only and we could not alter the image
very much. Now we can create almost any kind of image, but we have
lost track of what is realistic and only achievable with film and
real photos. To create a realistic frame, one that looks like it
was made 20 years ago, this software program does it really well.
Especially the Polaroid borders are very realistic after a little
If you're looking for a program that will cater for your requirements
relating to edges and related work, this program offers the lot.
It is not just about frames, it is a concept that takes your image
beyond the square. You will find as you dive deeper into this program
offers combinations of templates that you did not think of. Everything
that you add to your image, it can be altered, it can be changed,
you can change the light that falls on it, age your image, you can
change the texture, the surface, whatever you think off, there is
nothing you cannot change to your own personal settings. I do not
think that you will be pushed to upgrade this program for a while
as there is nothing to wish for after this. Cloning, masking, invert
selections etc. your creativity will be hard pushed! And if you
have a particular favorite edge, you can add it to your favorite
And if you don't like what you have done, you can delete it to your
Full installation of all the templates or your hard drive is recommended
by me, that way you have easy and quick access to all possibilities.
It takes a little bit of space, but you will more quickly access
all your frames.
I have been a long time buyer of this software developer, I started
off with photographic edges number three, even then it was already
mind-boggling, but with computer standards as they are now, this
program takes the cake.