Pholor Express Is A Well-Crafted Image Editor With Support For GPU Acceleration


Editing images can be a tricky business, and if you are not using the proper tool for the job, then even a simple editing task can take up a lot of your precious time. Image editing tools are available in all shapes and sizes. One of the most widely used image editing software is Adobe Photoshop, but such software have a very high learning curve, meaning that you need to have extensive understanding of all their tools and options to edit and retouch images as required.  That does not seem like a good idea if the only thing you need is to tweak a few things here and there. Although, the Windows Photo Gallery has a few options available to crop, remove, straighten, reduce noise, change color and apply preloaded effects to images, it doesn’t have the ability to handle advanced image editing tasks. Pholor Express is a Windows application that lets you change simple parameters of images (Sharpness, Clarity, Exposer, Contrast, Temperature, Saturation, etc.), their aspect ratio, and set the viewing angle. Supporting GPU acceleration to balance the load of heavy image editing, it comes loaded with an effect viewer that shows you the results of selected effects in real-time.

When you first start the application, it opens in the full screen mode, but you can toggle the view from the top right corner. The bottom left side has File, Common and Transform buttons.  Thumbnails of the images inside the selected folder are displayed at the right side, while selecting an image opens it in the main window.

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The lower right corner has options to enable different types of metadata to appear below the thumbnail of each image including Exposure, value, ISO, Aperature, Shutter, File size, height and width.

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If you right click the image in File mode, a color picker will pop up, showing you the RGB, Lum, Hue and Saturation values of the pixel under your mouse pointer.

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Clicking the Slideshow button runs the image slideshow in full screen mode. The controls at the bottom allow you to mark the images for deletion, rate them and change the default image slideshow time.

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The Common tab in the main interface allows you to change certain image parameters using sliders, including Sharpen, Clarity, Dehaze, Exposure, Contrast, Brightness, Temperature and Saturation. These parameters let you make small changes to the overall look of your images.

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The Transform tab has options to change the Aspect Ratio of the image from a given set of aspect ratios including 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, rotate the image at the specified angle and set a custom aspect ratio.

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The Export button allows you to save the edited images with a custom width and height. You can also change the image quality before saving the images.

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Pholor Express works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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