Afterthoughts on Corel’s AfterShot Pro 2

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Afterthoughts on Corel’s AfterShot Pro 2

In the arena of image-editing software, Corel’s AfterShot Pro 2 advertises a high-quality RAW photo-editor that boasts high speeds and quality that would be on par with some features of the illustrious Photoshop. The best part is that Corel’s editor doesn’t cost an arm and a leg as do the entirety of Adobe’s programs. Surely that fact alone makes Corel something worth looking into for both amateur and experienced photographers. Optimized for the latest Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems, AfterShot Pro 2 seems promising as a competitor in the world of photo-editing software. But, is it really worth the excitement?

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Features

With a wide array of both 32-bit and 64-bit plug-ins, developers threw in quite a few handy tools for all users. AfterShot Pro 2 can do all of the basic functions that photo editors should do, such as color enhancements, cropping, red-eye removal and leveling. Searching through all of your own photos, edited or un-edited, is a breeze with this program. Almost all image file formats, even RAW files produced by specific cameras, are supported. The editor also allows batch output, where you can easily format your final work into printing sizes or layouts or specific file-types. On top that, it’s capable of advanced and precise object selection and editing, HDR enhancements and it has a convenient plug-in for anyone who’s interested in adding to the already wide array of available and pre-installed plug-ins. All of this and more can be accessed via a user-friendly workspace, which is actually fairly easy to navigate, even without a guidebook.

Support

On the program’s main site, the developers have provided online guides to help anyone who needs it, be it someone who is struggling with how to use the program or someone who is simply curious about this specific program. There is also a user forum, a FAQ area and video tutorials available for public use.

Conclusion

AfterShot Pro 2 works extremely well, especially with such a large selection of plug-ins and features which seem nearly impossible to list. All image edits turn out very nicely, and it was extremely convenient to be able to also load, edit and convert files straight from the camera that you wouldn’t normally be able to open with most other programs. With the available support from the program’s developers, AfterShot Pro 2 would be the perfect fit for all photographers, as it gives you an absolutely fantastic program at such a low price.

 

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