CyberLink PhotoDirector 12 Ultra review

PhotoDirector 12 is easy-to-use editing software that makes complex stills and animated effects open to everyone

PhotoDirector 12 Ultra review

Digital Camera World Verdict

CyberLink PhotoDirector 12 certainly isn’t professional editing software, although the Raw editing capabilities are impressive. The main attraction of the software is that through guided edits, users are able to complete advanced editing tasks and create traditionally difficult effects with ease, and in just a few minutes. The results of some of the guided edits aren’t always perfect, so success can depend on the image being edited.


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    Easy-to-use software

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    Powerful Raw processing

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    Guided edits make complex effects easy to apply

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    Clearly laid out interface


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    Fewer editing tools than rivals

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    Guided Edit tools can be limited

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    Selections and masking can be fiddly

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    Some Guided Edits don’t work well

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With a range of features designed to make complex edits possible in a matter of minutes with just basic editing skills required, CyberLink PhotoDirector 12 Ultra is aimed at beginners and enthusiast photographers who want to create dramatic effects without the need for years of editing experience. What it achieves isn’t always perfect, but you can’t help but be impressed by what’s possible with the software.

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James Abbott

James Abbott is a landscape and portrait photographer based in Cambridge. He’s also an experienced photography journalist specializing in camera skills and Photoshop techniques. He is also a CAA-approved drone pilot and professional aerial photographer.