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Zoner Photo Studio X has been shortlisted for best image editing software in this year’s PN Awards. We examine why it deserves your vote Give your photos the X factor

footage, to provide a preset colour look and lend it an appearance that resembles your favourite films and TV shows. The latest iteration also features a new toolbar. With the most important functions right at your fingertips, users can apply them to precise areas of their photos, enabling enhanced adjustments to be made with ease. For the processing of Raw files, the program’s default settings can also be tweaked as desired to deliver unique custom options. It all adds up to superior photo enhancement in just a few clicks. Get in the Zone(r) Drilling further into the above features provides additional indication as to why Zoner Photo Studio X is up for a Photography News Award this year. Take for instance the fact that Zoner Photo Studio X gets the most out of your system’s graphics card, to help you edit at lightning speed – potentially cutting your image processing time in half. Editing in the program’s Develop module is now up to two times faster than in the software’s previous version. And while we all wish we could own the very latest computer, most of us are typically using systems with a few years on the clock. That’s not a problem, as this latest update has been fantastically optimised. Those of us with older or less powerful machines can still edit our photos rapidly, and the program doesn’t sacrifice quality in order to run more smoothly either. When it comes to LUTs, these commonly used files are similar to presets. They allow us to set and change the colour tone of imagery with complete freedom and creative control. Users can download custom LUTs online, with Zoner Photo Studio X offering support for all existing LUT formats. Adjustment

A MORE AFFORDABLE alternative to the likes of Lightroom and Photoshop and a previous TIPA World Awards winner, Zoner Photo Studio X is a full-fat photo editor and file manager. Its comprehensive features include Raw processing, layer support, quick and easy-to- apply presets, retouching tools, video editing, cataloguing and more. And nominated for best image editing software in the PN Awards for 2023, Zoner Photo Studio X is even faster and simpler to use. The latest update to Zoner Photo Studio X makes full use of your computer’s graphics card, resulting in much swifter editing. The good news continues in that you don’t even need the latest all-guns-blazing PC to use the software, as it’s been optimised for smoother editing on older hardware. There’s the ability to undertake advanced colour work too, as support is provided for 3D LUTs, or lookup tables. If you’re not already in the know, these can be directly applied to imagery, commonly video

“Zoner Photo Studio X is both faster and easier” to the intensity of effects can also be made with ease. Furthermore, your photos are now much easier to browse thanks to a new navigation panel and toolbar. What’s more, you can get all your most-used functions right at your fingertips, as the toolbar is completely customisable. The software’s latest iteration also allows any adjustments to be applied to only specific parts of your photos. Settings have been added to the radial filter, filter brush and gradient filter so that they can now be used in conjunction with all the

QUALITY OF LIFE Zoner Photo Studio X focuses on streamlining your most tedious editing tasks

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