COMPANY: Computerinsel GmbH | URL: | TYPE: Standalone | PLATFORM: Mac, Windows | PRICE: €59/$80
In spite of its low price PhotoLine offers every function needed for professional image processing:

•16 bit per color channel
•CMYK and Lab color space
•Color management with ICC profiles

Lossless image processing
Lossless image processing is made possible by adding functions to an image without changing the original data. This way you lose no information and have access to the unmodified image data every time you want to.

Layer masks
Layer masks hide parts of the accompanying image.

Working layers
Working Layers operate on the image data beneath them. Their field of operation can be restricted by a mask. There are the following Working Layers available: Curves, False Color, Histogram Correction, Hue/Saturation, Color Balance, Unsharp Masking, Gaussian Blur, Median, Perturbation and much more.

If an image is rotated or scaled in a document, the image data won't be modified but only the corresponding information will be added to the image.

Digital photo imaging:

Digital Camera Raw data
PhotoLine can import the raw image data - the so-called raw-files - of nearly every digital camera. You can find a detailed list of the supported cameras here.

EXIF data
EXIF data are saved by digital cameras together with the image data. They contain useful informations like the camera model, the focal length, the time of exposure and so on (see also EXIF Data in PhotoLine).

IPTC data
IPTC data are used to add additional informations to an image. Some of these are the author, a description and keywords, that allow categorizing images and this way easier retrieval (see also IPTC Data in PhotoLine).

•Light/Shadow adjusts brightness errors
•Connect Images can be used to combine two differently exposed photos to a single better one
•White Point corrects the white point of an image automatically or manually
•The Color Temperature can be set or adjusted
•Chromatic Aberration corrects color distortions at edges
•Image Noise reduces the color and brightness noise in an image
•Red Eyes removes red pupils caused by the flash of the camera
•Lens Correction corrects the distortions caused by the curvature of the lens
•Perspective distortions can easily be fixed by using the layer tool or the rectangular lasso

Standard filters
There is every standard filter available like Unsharp Masking (USM), Sharpen, Soften, Gaussian Blur, Adaptive Soften, Motion Blur and more

Retouch filters
Optimize Contrast, Remove Dust/Scratches, Descreen, Remove Waste, Deinterlace and more

Correction tools
Histogram correction and online histogram, curves with contrast, brightness and gamma correction, Hue/Saturation, etc.

Browse Functions:

Create print document
This function takes the selected pictures and creates a document containing them. The resulting document can have more than one page.

Create HTML file
The selected files are put together as a HTML gallery which can be used on a web page.

Show image
The "Show Image"-command allows you to switch between the pictures in a folder. You can use this function to get an overview over the pictures made with a digital camera and to do the first steps in editing them. Furthermore you can move or copy good pictures and delete bad ones.

Rename images
These function allows you to rename the pictures files according to a very flexible scheme. You can use IPTC and EXIF data as well as fix parts for example taken from the original filename or consecutive numbers.

Copy EXIF date
This functions copies the EXIF date to the file date. This is useful after editing an image, because this editing usually changes the file date. By that the sorting order of the file is changed. But as the EXIF date isn't modified, the original file date can be restored.

Rotate images automatically
Many digital cameras are able to store in the EXIF data, whether the photo was taken landscape or portrait. In this case PhotoLine can rotate the images automatically to the right orientation.

The Browse function can be used to easily assign keywords to or remove them from the selected pictures. A powerful search function allows you to find pictures with one or more given keywords afterwards.

Copy/move/delete pictures
With the Browse function you can copy or move pictures to other folders. Deleting of folders and pictures is supported, too.

Rotate pictures
The Rotate command can rotate JPEG images lossless without recompressing the image data.


PDF files
PhotoLine can save documents as PDF. On doing that text and vector graphic is - if possible - not reduced to pixel graphics. On saving optionally all color information in a document can be converted to CMYK. PhotoLine can also import PDF files. The import keeps the structure of the document intact – text is read as text layers and vector graphics are read as vector layers.

Documents with multiple pages
PhotoLine is able to work with documents containing more than one page. This allows the creation of booklets and flyers. In contrast to classic image processing PhotoLine can create empty pages (pages without a background image) which can be used to place images, text and vector graphics.

Powerful text functions
Aside from the usual rectangular text boxes text in PhotoLine can run along vector paths, too. Furthermore, text can flow from one text box to another or to the next page. Text flowing around or inside another object is also possible.

Dynamic effects
Dynamic effects are functions, that are only added to a layer and don't modify the layer data. This allows accessing the original data every time you want to, which means, afterwards text can still be edited as normal text and vector graphics as vector graphics. There are three groups of dynamic effects: Distort, Outline Warping, Free Roughen, Angled Roughen, Central Roughen, Zigzag and Twist.

3D body
Any layer can be displayed as 3D body.

like Shadow outside/inside, Glow outside/inside, 3D-Shadow, Outline outside/inside, Outer/Inner Emboss, Special Emboss, Stripes, Inner Blend, Color Overlay, Create Structure, Window Shades/Tubes, Magnifier Effect.

Effect filters
Mosaic, Lightning, Lights, Emboss, Projection, Tear Paper, Clouds, Perturbation, Perspective Tiling, Lense Flare, Image On Image, Swirls, Create Pattern, Shadow, 3D-Shadow, Aquarelle, Structure, Relief, Ripple, Vault, Waves, Make Circular, Grid Distortion, Distort Image With Image, Distort With Arrows, Distort Frame, Morph, Page Curl, Bend Image, Sponge, etc.

PhotoLine can create many pleasing frames. The frames are created as additional layers, therefore they can be edited afterwards very easily.

Because of the flexible concept of PhotoLine it is possible to create calendars with multiple pages. All you have to do is to insert your pictures and the calendar can be printed.

The Barcode function creates barcodes as vector layers which can be scaled and rotated without limitation.

Font overview
PhotoLine can create a document that contains every font installed on your computer.


Button creator
The Button Creator creates animated buttons. PhotoLine will create the picture files and the needed Javascript code as well.

Dynamic animation
Dynamic animation is used to create animated graphics. The dialog has 3 main parts: Preview, Time Bar and Layers.

Additional functions:

Web export
In order to find the best compromise between file size and image quality PhotoLine offers the function Web Export. It shows the original image and two variants after saving. The parameters of the two save variants - like color reduction and compression factor - can be changed very quickly and their effect and the resulting file size is shown immediately.

Tile image
This function splits an image, saves the resulting parts and creates HTML code to display them

Reduce colors
In order to create space-efficient files PhotoLine has a function to reduce the number of colors used by an image.

Raster transparency
The GIF file format is not able to display full transparency. It can only display the states "transparent" and "opaque". Therefore PhotoLine can reduce full transparency by using different dithering schemes.

Image maps
PhotoLine can create image maps, too.

Additional features:

The operations applied to an image can be recorded as "Actions" (sometimes called "Macro"). This allows you to apply the same functions to a different image later.

Batch converting
By using the function Batch Converting every picture file in a folder can be converted to a specific file format (for example JPEG). You can additionally apply a previously recorded action to every picture. This allows you to perform nearly every possible image processing task.

PhotoLine can save slideshows as PDF and as Flash/SWF.

PhotoLine can undo up to 999 operations.

PhotoLine allows you to print a document at any location and in any size. By using the document mode several images can be printed on a single sheet of paper and the images can be placed freely on the sheet.

The Label mode fills a sheet with a picture by printing it repeatedly.

The Poster mode distributes large images to several sheets. These sheets can be glued together to get the full image.

The Pages mode allows you to print several pages on a single sheet of paper. The order of the pages can be changed, so that the result can be used to create a booklet. Furthermore the mode Greeting Card prints the content of a document with 4 pages, so that the resulting sheet of paper can be folded to a greeting card.
New in Version 18.00

The Distort Tool
The Distort tool can distort layers by using a grid. The distortion is lossless, so you can edit it later. You can freely add or remove grid points, project images on objects, straighten scanned images or simply use it for free design.

The Straighten Tool
If you want to straighten many images, you can use the Straighten tool. Just drag a line, that should become straight, and PhotoLine will do the rest.

Move/Zoom Synchronously
If the Moving Hand is the active tool, the synchronous move and zoom can be activated via the tool settings. This way two similar images can be placed side by side and be examined on detail differences.

Brush Settings

The brush settings now offer a lot of dynamic options. You can randomly modify the position or the size of the brush. The color and the brush angle can be changed, too. You can use that for creating naturally looking structures or stylized patterns.

Hue Editor
The Hue Editor is a more flexible version of Hue/Saturation. The settings are made here with curves, so that the edits and improvements can be realized much more precisely and without restrictions.

Vector Operations
Vector layers are now offering the operations: Union, Intersection, Difference and Exclusion (XOR).

External Programs
PhotoLine can now invoke external programs for manipulating images. It is possible to select a third-party filter or a PDF Viewer.
If a document is changed and saved in this way, PhotoLine automatically imports the result.

Straighten and Crop Image
If you have scanned a photo with the scanner, this function automatically straightens the image and cuts off the unwanted edges.

Copy/Paste Layer Styles and Layer Attributes
Layer styles and layer attributes can now quickly be transferred from one layer to another by copying and pasting. Layer attributes include the layer style, the fill colors and the outline styles of a layer.

Hide Border Content
If you are creating a document for printing, the content should exceed the pages, so that cropping can be performed correctly.
But this exceeding content can be distracting. Therefore PhotoLine has now an option to hide those parts of the document.

User Interface Color
You can now change the user interface color of PhotoLine. You have the option the use the predefined color of your operating system or to define your own brightness level.

Dockable Panels with Tabs
Now you can adjust PhotoLine even better to your needs: you can now regroup all dockable panels.

Panel Layout
You can now reset the panel layout to its original state. Furthermore you can lock the panel layout. This way you will no longer be able to accidentally move a docked panel.

You can now open multiple windows for a document on Mac OS X, too. Each window can now display a different page. Additionally there are now functions to place document windows side by side or one above the other on Mac OSX.

Adjustable Ruler Origin
This function allows you to modify the ruler origin of a document. Sometimes this makes it easier to place layers.

Tools in Toolbars
Tool icons can now be inserted in any toolbar allowing you to assemble your own toolbox.

Grid and Guides
Now the grid and the (automatic) guides can be temporarily enabled or disabled in almost all functions by holding the Alt key. The exact function is adjustable. So you can for example specify that Alt only affects the grid.

WebP Import and Export
WebP is new file format, which is intended to replace JPEG. It allows you to create very small image files.

PDF Import and Export
The PDF import and export has been enhanced. It now supports XMP metadata and imports DeviceN images better.

Additionally Save PLD File
This new option allows you to always save your files without losing information. By activating this new option, PhotoLine will save a PLD file along with the original image.

The internal management of metadata has been changed to XMP, which is the current standard for metadata.

32 Bit per Color Channel
Vector layers can now use extended colors with a depth of 32 bit per color channel, too. Additionally gradients now support the full range of 32 bit, too. This is true for both the gradient tool and using gradients as color.

Adjustment Layers
Adjustment layer are used for applying filters and other operations lossless to images. In order to restrict the effect of an adjustment, the data of the adjustment layer are used as mask.

Document Information
The Document Information dialog for managing the metadata of a document is now supporting automatic text completion. PhotoLine stores the last values allowing quick retrieval.