Learn how to use PhotoScape X to edit and retouch images and photos on your PC with this tutorial, which brings you the best tricks, tips and help for this graphics editing software.
PhotoScape X is a hidden gem. It is an image editing software that brings more than 1000 filters and effects, more than 100 tools, more than 200 shapes, stickers, and figures. The PhotoScape X editor is fascinating. And the best part is that most of the functions are totally free.
Every time you use it, you discover something new. So, to save your time, we’ve compiled the top 12 tips and tricks of PhotoScape X. We’re leaving out the effects, filters, and tools since PhotoScape has a huge library of tutorials available. Here we’ll cover resources that require a lot of exploration to discover and experiment to understand how they work.
NOTE: PhotoScape has two versions – PhotoScape 3.7 and PhotoScape X. The first one is for Windows XP, 7, Vista, 8 and 10 users, while the latter is only available for Windows 10 and Macs with MacOS 10.10 or higher.
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12 Photoscape X Tips and Tricks
1. Customize Layout
On the Editor screen, all tools and effects open on the right side. However, some of them do not occupy a fixed position. They can be moved and maintained at your location according to your preference. In other words, you can unlock the tools.
To do this, click the pin icon (Undock Option) in the upper right corner. Similarly, if you want to dock them, click the same button when in the uncoupled position.
Each tool icon will have a name beneath it. This makes it easier to use other image editing sets to remember which shortcuts. Just move your mouse over the icons to find out what the tools are.
2. Save area
PhotoScape X offers the option of saving a cropped area directly and thus saves your time. In addition, you can also copy the cut part directly to the clipboard.
3. Change background in Cut Circle
In the Cut Circle option, PhotoScape X lets you choose the background for all four corners, from solid color, gradient, and themes. To do this, check the Cut Circle box under the Cut function. Then choose the background of your choice from the options provided.
4. Cut Circle with transparent background
As in the previous step, where PhotoScape X allows you to choose a solid background, instead of choosing a color or theme, you can set it to transparent.
To do this, go to Edit> Transformations> Text Mask and select the fourth option under the Background Transparency label, and set a transparent background to a text layer mask
5. Duplicate Objects
PhotoScape X lets you add stickers, pictures, pictures, and text to your photos. Sometimes you may want to add the same object twice or more. To do this, you do not need to click the menu repeatedly to add them, just use the duplicate feature.
After you add an object, click Insert, choose the icon you want, and then click Duplicate in the same window. You can use it as many times as you want.
6. Working with layers
When you add more than one object to your image, you get the Layer option on the left side of the screen. You can edit each layer individually by unchecking the checkbox next to it. Later, selecting all of the checkboxes will combine these layers to show the final image.
7. Quick Menu
On the Edit tab, you’ll find many editing options arranged in different sections. Because PhotoScape X has a lot of features, it is difficult to access some of them directly from the initial window.
Fortunately, the Quick Menu comes to solve this, where you have access to many features directly in a window. To use it, go to the Edit tab, and then tap the Quick Menu icon.
8. Original View
During editing, PhotoScape X lets you view the original file at any time. Just click the Original icon at the bottom.
Likewise, if you add multiple filters and effects and you want to compare the edited image with the previous view, click the Compare icon, or press the Spacebar.
9. Save Project
Similar to leading photo editors, you can save your images as projects. Later, when you need to make changes, open the project file and continue editing it.
To save an image as a project, click the Save button. Then click Save Project. Of course, you can also use the Alt + Shift + S keyboard shortcut.
10. Rename files in batches
Another interesting feature that PhotoScape X provides is a batch renaming of files. Simply add Tools> Rename files and set preferred naming options.
11. Change the Publisher Theme
Not everyone is a fan of the dark theme. Some people report problems with readability, which can make the eyes a little sore. Fortunately, PhotoScape X offers the ability to switch between the light and dark theme.
To do this, click the Settings icon in the upper right corner. Then, in the dialog box, select Light or Dark in Theme.
12. Use a photo viewer
In both Windows 10 and MacOS, you can also use this photo editor as a photo viewer. PhotoScape X resembles Google’s old Picasa. Although Picasa was disabled in 2016, you can still download the desktop application.
As a photo viewer, PhotoScape X offers features such as multiple view modes, ability to add favorites, easy scrolling, and more. When viewing photos, tap the double-mode icon to view two photos together.
Embellish your photos
PhotoScape X is very easy to use and has a very intuitive interface. You have great features to apply with just one click, and the application offers far more than you’d expect. We hope these tips make your editing process even easier in PhotoScape X.
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