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Basic Photo Editing with CyberLink PhotoDirector

PhotoDirector 365 includes basic photo editing tools and uses layers like Photoshop. Like Lightroom, PhotoDirector 365 is a non-destructive editing program. The program does not change your original file. The program also has a fully functioning Digital Asset Management (DAM) system. This lets you organize thousands of images using keywords and a rating system.

This tutorial will introduce you the basic essential adjustments you can make to your photos in CyberLink PhotoDirector.

The article include how to crop and how to straighten photos, adjust image color. This will also tell how to apply creative color presets to your photo.

Crop and Straighten Your Image

Straighten tilted photos and crop them to specific sizes for picture-perfect results in CyberLink PhotoDirector.

1. In the Adjustment module, click on the Crop and Straighten button.

Crop and Straighten

2. Drag the corner to crop the photo while maintaining at the same ratio.

Drag to crop

3. You can also change aspect ratio to the best fitting size with Custom button.

change aspect ratio

4. To straighten image, click on Straighten icon.

straighten image

5. Drag a line along area that should be horizontal or vertical.

  Horizontal or vertical

6. Hit Enter to save changes, Ctrl + Z to discard changes.

Color Adjustment with Global Adjustments Tools

PhotoDirector offers a wide range of control and flexibility to adjust your image color and tone.

1. Select White Balance for color correction or use it to adjust the color temperature of a photo to create a specific atmosphere. Click eyedropper icon and then use the eyedropper tool to select a pixel in the photo. You can also use the Temperature slide to manually adjust the white balance.

White Balance

2. Next, use the Tone tools to quickly establish the desired balance of mid-tone brightness & contrast, highlight detail, shadow detail, and whites & blacks set points.

Tone tools

3. Apply the HDR effect

The HDR -known as High Dynamic Range adjusts the lighting range on the edges in photos, allowing us to recover any loss of detail caused by contrasting brightness during photo exposure.

HDR effect

Regional Adjustment Tools

The Regional adjustment tools allow you to modify a specific area of a photo with adjustment brush and gradient mask.

1. Select Adjustment selection tool and then adjust the size of the brush.

Adjustment selection tool

2. Paint the area that you would like to adjust.

Paint the area like to adjust

3. Adjust the White Balance with the Temperature slider, the changes will only apply to the area we selected.

Temperature slider

4. Use the gradient mask

Click and drag on the photo to set the gradient across a portion of the photo. PhotoDirector displays a mask color on the area we apply.

set the gradient

5. >Set the type of White Balanced Adjustments via available sliders such as temperature or tint.

> Click Done to finish the adjustments and close the panel.

adjustments panel

Apply Creative Color Presets

PhotoDirector comes with a wide range of presets that can help you quickly enhance photos. You can also download and import presets created by other users, or save your own to use on other photos or share them by uploading to DirectorZone.

1. Go to Adjustment module, click on the Presets.

Presets

2. Hover your mouse over each available preset to preview the current photo with the adjustment applied. Click the adjustment preset you want to apply.

Preview Presets

PhotoDirector 365 is part of a collection of editing programs developed by CyberLink. The company’s primary focus is on Windows products. But PowerDirector, CyberLink’s powerful video editing program, is also available for Mac. You can stop-step and get the PhotoDirector coupon HERE

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