How to Work with This Photoshop Alternative

Whatever flaws ruin your images - dull and lifeless colors, tilted horizon, odd objects in the frame - they can be fixed with a couple of clicks. Let’s take a less-than-perfect picture and enhance it using PhotoWorks’ wide range of tools. All you have to do is to follow this little guide. Shall we?

Step 1. Download the Software

First, you need to install PhotoWorks. Hit the green button below and download the software’s free trial. Then, install PhotoWorks to your PC following the wizard instructions. Run the photo editor and open your image in it.

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Step 2. Fix Lighting and Color Balance

First, let’s give your picture the best possible look. To fix all the exposure, contrast, and color balance issues, just hit the Auto correction button. PhotoWorks will analyse your image and make enhancements in accordance with its genre. You can also modify your picture manually with intuitive sliders. For example, try increasing the clarity of your shot, play with the dynamic range by adjusting the highlights and shadows settings, or change an isolated color to a completely different hue.

Auto correct lighting and colors
Auto correction enhances this pic's vibrance and exposure to show all the juicy colors of the tropical beach

Step 3. Improve the Composition

Now, let’s make your picture’s composition better. You need to switch to the Tools tab and pick the Crop tool. Here you will find dozens of grid overlays that will help you create a perfectly balanced composition. The Rule of Thirds, the Golden Ratio, Diagonal - try them all to find one that fits best.

Crop your pic to improve its composition
Don’t underestimate the power of a good composition - it can make or break your photo

Step 4. Remove Distractions

This boat in the background really ruins the mood of the picture. Let’s get rid of it. Switch to the Retouch tab and pick the Clone stamp tool. Now, paint over the distraction. PhotoWorks will sample pixels from an unaffected area that you can use to cover the unwanted object. If there are some minor distractions left, use the Healing brush (under the same Retouch tab), to get rid of them without a trace.

Remove odd objects from the background
Don't let any mundane thing ruin this serene landscape

Step 5. Retouch the Model

Now, let’s turn the model into a bonafide beauty queen. While still in the Retouch tab, hit the Portrait Magic button. Here you will find an array of one-click beautifying presets. Use them to smooth the skin, remove oily glare, whiten the teeth and whatnot. You can also make manual adjustments to the portrait just by dragging sliders. After you’re done, pick the Face Sculpt tool to change the model’s features. Let’s slim the face, make the eyes larger and the nose smaller. Voila!

Beautify the model
It only takes a click to make the model's teeth white as pearls

Step 6. Apply a Filter

Your photo is near-perfect and there is only one thing left that can take it to the next level. Switch to the Effects tab and browse through a library of 150+ artistic filters. Here you can find filters that will give your picture a sweet retro vibe, add a dramatic lighting or toning effect, or turn your photo into a movie still shot. You can apply these filters with a single click and later adjust their intensity.

Apply a stylish filter
Let's add a nostalgic touch by using a filter that recreates an old school photo film look

So there you go - a totally transformed picture in just a few minutes. And that it just a glimpse of PhotoWorks’ capabilities. So don’t toss away any flawed picture, because now you know the best way to fix it!

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