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Computerinsel releases PhotoLine 22

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Computerinsel has released PhotoLine 22, the latest update to its sub-$100 image-editing tool, adding a new non-destructive workflow for Boolean operations on vector shapes, and support for channel masks.

Although not as widely known as the Adobe or Affinity tools, PhotoLine is a versatile image editor, with support for 32-bit linear workflow for bitmap images, plus both vector design and page layout features.

Vector editing: new non-destructive workflow for Boolean operations
The biggest changes in the release are to the vector-editing tools, which get a new non-destructive workflow when performing Boolean operations like union or difference on vector shapes.

Rather than performing the operation immediately, PhotoLine now creates a new path group, as shown in the image above, making it possible to continue to edit the vector layers it contains.

It is also now possible to transform vector layers by dragging control handles to scale or rotate them, in the same way as image layers; and to edit colours in vector patterns directly in the Color Editor.


Bitmap image editing: support for channel masks, new Vibrance filter
New image-editing features include support for channel masks, making it possible to apply masks to the individual colour channels of an image, as shown above.

There is also a new Vibrance filter, which works in a similar way to its equivalents in tools like Photoshop and Affinity Photo, preserving a more natural colour balance when adjusting the saturation of an image.

When colorising greyscale images, it is now possible to assign multiple colours, each with its own tone curve.

Pricing and availability
PhotoLine 22 is available now for Windows XP+ and Mac OS X 10.6+. It costs €59 (around $65).

Read a full list of new features in PhotoLine 22 on the product website

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