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Microsoft Digital Image Suite is both easy to use and packed with desktop publishing features. In just a few clicks using the auto levels and brightness/contrast, you can enhance your photos.
Installation Installation is easy. You might, like me, choose to install the software so that disk 2 needs to be inserted when you are creating projects. This will save space on your hard drive.
Interface The interface for the software is very clear and uncluttered. As soon as you load the software, basic options are visible from the main screen, such as red eye and levels auto-fix.
Smart Erase The smart erase facility is useful if you are either inexperienced, or in a hurry. You select an object you wish to get rid of, click on fill and the software automatically replaces the object with background colour to match. Great.
Videos and tutorials Videos and written tutorials are easily accessible, so that new users can easily learn how to enhance their photographs.
Desktop publishing projects Where this software is different from other competitors such as Paintshop Pro and Photoshop are the extra projects included with the software. Templates are provided, so that your photos can be used to create calendars, cards, puzzles, flyers and a wealth of other desktop publishing projects. Normally, you would have to buy additional desktop publishing software to create these projects.
Stock images The software also includes a number of stock images and clipart.
Organising your photos I particularly liked the facilities to organise your photos as they are downloaded from a camera. I have found many students who struggle with using the Files and folders in Windows Explorer, and Digital Image Suite helps you organise your photos as you download them.
Archive facility The software can be set to remind you when to archive your photos and prevent loss through damage to the hard drive.
Copying selected objects from one photo to another I believe that Microsoft Digital Image Suite is one of the best software packages for combining two photos together. Once you have selected part of a photo, you merely have to click on copy, then click on paste on the next photo and the selected object is automatically on its own layer. It is very easy to resize the photo by clicking on a corner handle and dragging inwards. You can drag it where ever you wish to position it and can rotate it too. Normally, you have to decide whether you're pasting as an image or a layer or a selection and resizing can be quite tricky in some software packages.
Red eye fix One click red eye fixing is very handy, though some experts might prefer to have a choice of colours to fill.
Filters and effects There are extensive filters and effects that can be applied to pictures with a single click.
Professional photographers may find some elements lacking, but for the average beginner at digital imagining, this software is the business.
The only disadvantage I can think of is that this software seems to be relatively unknown and therefore books are not available to back up the manual and I haven't seen it being featured in magazine tutorials.
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