Having high-res cameras in our smartphones gives us the luxury of capturing pictures anytime, but sometimes, the end results aren’t quite up to the mark. Those of us accustomed to professional-grade photography and photo editing use Photoshop to remedy any flaws in their captured images, but the tool isn’t built to be used by just about anyone. So how about trying out something simpler? NPS Image Editor is a great Windows image manipulation tool with user-friendliness as its main selling point. The UI looks quite plain and simple, and yet packed with all the essential tools and features that an image editing software of this kind should have. Keep reading for further details.
The application itself is pretty lightweight, meaning even your old machine would have no problem running it. You can apply quick touchups to your photos, and do a lot more too. The interface comprises of a barebones design that carries a tools section to the left and a color swatch pane to the right. Upon its launch, the app asks you to add an image to get started. You can also drag and drop an image over the interface to skip a few steps.
If you’ve ever spent some time with older versions of Windows Paint utility, the tools section should be something you will find fairly familiar. It carries all the basic tools such as airbrush, eye dropper, paint bucket, shapes, text, basic brush, pencil and so on, and using these tools is pretty simple even if you haven’t used an image editing app before.
While you won’t find any extensive photo editing capabilities in this application, it offers enough features for most users, the color menu at the top being one of them. The interesting bit here is the Swatch palette submenu, which allows you to instantly switch among an array of options for your color requirements such as EGA, Grayscale, Full Spectrum, NPS Legacy and even MS Paint. Other than that you can invert colors, pick channels and perform a few more actions.
The image menu lets you resize the image or canvas, as well as tweak different aspects of the image like offset, skew, flip and rotate. The Tile option lets you create a tiled pattern from your image using rows and columns of your choice.
There’s practically no limit regarding the number of tiles you are allows to create. You can also add text to your photo via the Text tool in the tools section, and change the text color to your choice.
In my opinion an image editor is incomplete without filters or effects. Fortunately, NPS doesn’t disappoint in this department; you will find a bunch of image effects under the Filter menu. This is one aspect of the app that reminded me of Photoshop. Even the Filter menu layout is quite similar to that offered in Adobe’s powerhouse, and lets you control several aspects of the picture under several categories such as Adjustments (brightness and contrast etc.), Artistic, Blur, Color, Distort, Legacy, Noise, Render, Enhance, HSV/HSL and ColorYUV_YCbCr.
There are many more areas to explore in this photo editing app than I’ve mentioned in the post, including some advanced options that you might like tinkering with. NPS Image Editor is a free application that works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.