Serif PhotoPlus X6 Review – performance
PhotoPlus X6 has an all-new Raw Studio, Serif’s equivalent of Adobe’s Camera Raw plug-in. It can apply localised image adjustments and you can manually correct lens aberrations such as chromatic aberration, vignetting and distortion.
It’s a step ahead of Photoshop Elements in this respect, but not up to the standards of Photoshop’s automated lens correction profiles and adjustment brushes.
It’s not easy to get good results from raw files either. Colours need a strong boost, and our raw images had a narrow bar of solid colour down one side, which suggested some compatibility issues.
Serif’s clearly working hard to keep pace with Photoshop, including a non-destructive (reversible) Crop tool, just like the one in Photoshop CS6.
When you apply adjustments, they’re created on new Adjustment Layers, just like you can in Photoshop.
The similarities between the two are so strong it’s easy to imagine that any effect you can create in Photoshop can be replicated in PhotoPlus.
Yet by comparison it actually feels quite crude and unfinished. It ticks all the boxes, but it lacks the speed, clarity and precision of the program it’s trying to emulate.
Serif PhotoPlus X6 is an interesting choice if you’re keen to get the most bang for your buck, but it’s not easy for beginners to get to grips with, and nor is it fast, polished and reliable enough to compete with Photoshop.
It can deliver very good results in the right hands, but you’ll need good technical know-how and a willingness to turn a blind eye to its rough edges.
PAGE 1: Serif PhotoPlus X6 Review – what’s new
PAGE 2: Serif PhotoPlus X6 Review – performance
PAGE 3: Serif PhotoPlus X6 Review – the interface in detail
PAGE 4: Serif PhotoPlus X6 Review – how it scores