- Corel AfterShot Pro 3 is very similar in its functions to all of the other Advanced Software reviewed here.
- In a sense all image processing software is "after the shot has been made in camera", and therefore is an "aftershot" software - so you should read nothing special in the name.
- However, it can do a very competent job of image processing, and is specifically designed for the processing of RAW images.
- I missed having a split screen to allow a 'before' and 'after' view as processing went through its various stages, but the History panel can be used to go back to the opening view and then returning to the current view.
- I applied the software to an image that I took in the 1970s on a visit to Kathmandu (Nepal). The original scan of the transparency was diabolically bad, and I wanted to see what this software could achieve. Note: I am working here with a .tiff file and not a RAW file.
So, here is the before processing and after processing comparison:
Scanned 35 mm transparency above.
Image processed in Corel AfterShot 3 below.
The difference between the two versions of the image is clear. The colours, sharpness, and general brightness have all benefitted from the processing.
- So, Corel AfterSot Pro 3 does a competent job, it has a Preset Library, and has a conversion to Black and White option.
- To its credit, the processing speed is fast, you can add watermarks to your image within the program, and operate in a batch image processing mode.
- The edited image can be sent with one click into Photoshop (if you have it mounted in your computer).
Currently available in the UK for £54.99 - making it excellent value for money.
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