Photo Editor Review

Photo editing software is designed with every type of photography in-mind and with plenty of new AI tools to make photo editing even easier, it’s lining up to be an interesting piece of software.

Quick Verdict

It has some brilliant AI tricks up its sleeve with one-click improvements, a brilliant sky replacement tool and some good portrait enhancing features. Plus, the user interface is clean, modern and easy to use/organise. It is a bit different to versions of Photo Editor we’ve seen previously so those who are upgrading might need some time to adjust but other than that, it’s a brilliant piece of photo editing software for those wanting a quick way to edit photos.

Photo Editor 4 from is a photo editor for PC and Mac that’s slowly gained favouritism amongst photographers looking for a none-subscription-based photo editor that can pack some punch. With clever AI and plenty of useful tools, Photo Editor 4 looks impressive but does the software, in real-life, produce results that are as good as the PR suggests they should be? Let’s find out.

Photo Editor 4 Features

Photo Editor 4 from is a photo editor and image catalogue/library that can be used as a standalone product or as a plugin with software such as Adobe Photoshop. It offers a vast toolset for editing and enhancing images which include AI tools, Instagram-ready filters, instant looks and other essential tools you need to complete your images.

Plenty of new features have been added to Photo Editor 4 which includes a new Edit Module (something we’ll cover in more detail shortly) and new tools which have been making headlines since the summer at least. The most talked-about new tool is AI Sky Replacement which, with ’s machine learning technology, is the first tool of its kind to offer fully automated sky replacement technology. You also get an AI Skin Enhancer, Portrait Enhancer and a Smart Contrast tool for improving contrast without losing detail. AI Structure boosts detail in select areas without the need for applying complicated masks/selections, there are several new adaptive presets and a new Colour Styles Libary means you can change the colour/mood of photos with specific cinematic styles.

As well as new tools, several improvements have been made to existing tools which include the Golden Hour filter, Denoise filter and the Adjustable Gradient filter. Plus, as with most software upgrades, there are stability and performance improvements.

Photo Editor Looks

A Look Browser features a selection of presets so you can create complicated looks with 1-click and a pop-up menu to the left of the screen allows you to change collections. These ‘looks’ will be popular with Instagram fans and they’re also a great way to gain inspiration for your own presets, of which, you can create and add to the collection.
There is something for everyone in the Photo Editor Looks and they can be a really quick way to add something a bit different to an image when you’re struggling for ideas on exactly where to start. The same can be said for the Colour Styles Libary where cinematic styles can be added quickly and easily to images. You can’t see the settings which are used but you can continue to edit/tweak the photo with the various options available.
However, some of the filters are a little overcooked with very saturated greens, blues and reds which won’t be to everyone’s taste. You can reduce the strength of the effect but you have to really reduce it to create an image that’s not so ‘POW’. Having said that, we really like what the presets have done to the portrait below as with not much effort, we’ve created four different looks.
You do have to wait a while for the effects to be applied but that’s understandable with the processing that’s going on.

Macphun Photo Editor Performance:

Those who have used Macphun apps previously, particularly Aurora HDR, will be very familiar with the user interface that welcomes you when you first load the software. To the bottom is where the one-click presets appear and to the right are tools that those who use software such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements will be familiar with.
Photo Editor is designed to be scalable and adaptive so that those who take snaps with smartphones right through to the enthusiast who often edits photos will be able to use this. How Macphun have done this is by offering different tools and the ability to tailor the workspace to a specific style of photography which we really do like.

Those new to photo editing can use the one-click presets (there are over 50 available) while those who want a little more control over edits but still need a little guidance can use the user interface variation options which include popular photo styles such as landscape, portraiture and street photography. These give you tool suggestions and specific one-click edits that will fit your specific photography style which is a nice touch. You can also customise the workspace with groups of filters for specific types of photos should you not like the default options available.

For those who know their way around photo editing software, you have access to a rather good range of manual tools such as brushes, layers, blending modes, overlays, an editing history menu and more tools you’d expect to find in software designed for photo editing. Other useful tools that are present include the colour clipping histogram, a quick compare toggle, side-by-side comparisons that show you how the image looked before / after full-screen preview and the ability to chose the background colour for the interface.

Photo Editor is actually really easy to use but if you do get stuck, online help is available but we doubt you’ll need it to be honest. To apply a preset, you simply find one you like and click it to apply it. The intensity of it can be reduced / increased with a slider that appears above the specific pre-set’s preview and they can also be adjusted with finer control via the tools available to the right of the screen. One thing we would like to point out is some of the filter names are a little weird so it wasn’t always easy to understand what effect they’d create and when making adjustments / applying edits, the real-time process was a little stuttery and on occasion, took a little time to recover.

Usually, when there’s so many presets available, the manual tools tend to be somewhat lacking but there’s a commendable amount on offer in Photo Editor all of which are easy to use and perform as you’d expect them to. We were particularly impressed with the clone & stamp tool which was one of the easiest tools of this type we’ve used in a while. Masking, gradients, blend modes and layers also open up opportunities to really customise a preset you’ve applied or indeed start editing a photo from scratch which those with a little more photo editing knowledge will appreciate and no doubt find useful. Seeing the Layers window was also a welcomed site as anyone with previous photo editing experience will know how useful this particular window is. The support of RAW files is also useful and as well as exporting images as photos, they can be shared directly to social media, sent via email or opened in other editing apps. It’s also worth noting that the software is compatible with touchpad devices, tablets with pens such as those from Wacom and Magic mouse. Overall, Photo Editor is easy to learn, quick in use and produces pleasing results both with the presets and more advanced controls.

Again, everything is done with sliders which makes the tools easy to use and the only slight issue we had was when small strands of hair fell across the face as the software enhanced these, too, which made them appear overly sharp but generally, both tools perform well.

Photo Editor 4 Verdict

Photo Editor 4 is a new and exciting example of modern photo editing software that’s been streamlined and tweaked so it’s even easier to use. It has some brilliant AI built-in with one-click improvements, a brilliant sky replacement tool and some good portrait enhancing features that all make creating great photos fun and simple.
The user interface is clean, modern and easy to use/organise. But, it is a bit different to versions of Photo Editor we’ve seen previously so those who are upgrading might need some time to adjust but other than that, it’s a brilliant piece of photo editing software for those wanting a quick way to edit photos.
Will it convert die-hard Adobe fans who have used Photoshop and Lightroom forever? Maybe not as it does still feel a little basic for some pros but, for enthusiasts or those who capture images on smartphones, you will probably love it. Although, a smartphone/tablet version, as Adobe has introduced, would probably be welcomed by photography fans who regularly edit photos on their smart devices for social media. Those not wanting to spend too much cash on their photo editing software will also appreciate all that Photo Editor 4 has to offer, for the price, too.
Overall, has impressed us with clever tricks, nice party tricks and a great price — Highly Recommended.

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