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Photo Op

Get with the programs.

This story appears in the June 1998 issue of

You have photos to scan, CD-ROMs full of clip art to edit, and animations to create for your Web page. Need help? Ulead's PhotoImpact 4.0 is an excellent image editor that lets you pull in, manipulate and create art you can use everywhere--especially on the Web.

PhotoImpact has a clean, simple interface and solid traditional image-editing tools such as brightness and contrast; however, in PhotoImpact, these tools show you thumbnail examples of how different settings will look on the image you're editing. In other words, you don't have to be a graphic artist to picture the end result. You can preview and adjust 48 special effects, such as Charcoal and Turnpage. There are 125 tools, including Spot Light, Edge Sharpen, Age, Apparition, Reflection, Bricks, Smoke, Meteor, Particle String and Chinese Calligraphy, on PhotoImpact's Easy Palette, where you select by viewing graphic examples, not by guesswork. And once you work the magic, you can change your mind with multiple levels of Undo.

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