Here is another alternative for your photo/graphics editor needs: PhotoLine, an all-purpose image and graphics editor. You can enhance photos, export pictures for web pages, or create PDF files for printing. And PhotoLine is offering everything, that is required for professional work: CMYK and lab color space, color management with ICC profiles, adjustment layers, and 16/32 bit depth per color channel. Aside from that you can import, edit and export vector graphics and PDF files.
PhotoLine 18.5 NEW FUNCTIONS
New Filter "Polar Coordinates"
The filter Polar Coordinates (in the menu under "Effects > Shape Tools") can convert a picture from cartesian coordinates to polar coordinates and vice versa. It is mainly used to create so-called tiny planets.
New Function "Cut"
Cut is a vector operation. It is used to cut a vector layer by another one. The result will be two new vector layers: The first one will consist of all parts of the selected layer lying outside the cut layer, and the second one will contain everything inside the cut layer.
New Alignment Functions "Distribute Layers Equally Hor.“ and "Distribute Layers Equally Vert."
The already existing distribution function in PhotoLine ensured that the centers of the layers were equidistant from each other (either horizontally or vertically). However, the "Equally" functions ensure equal spacing between the planes themselves.
Enhancements: Paint Tools with Smoothing
The paint tools are now offering smoothing of the input. This allows compensating inaccuracies - mostly happening when painting with the mouse.
Positioning of Groups With Clipping
For groups with a clipping layer PhotoLine previously used all parts of the group - even the invisible ones - for positioning. Now only the visible parts will be used. In the following example the invisible parts of the group are displayed with a lower intensity.
Optimizing of Curves
Optimize Vector Layer now works more precisely when converting lines to curves. Furthermore the tolerance value is now the maximum deviation of the new path from the old one in pixels, so you can now achieve the desired result more easily.
PDF Import and Export
Exporting with transparency now supports transparent gradients.
The import has been enhanced.
Touch Gestures on Windows 8
Using Windows 8 on tablet PCs the touch gestures have been enhanced. As a result, basic operations such as painting and selecting layers are now easier.
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