There are plenty of image editors out there these days, but there aren’t too many that offer some of the advanced functionality that you find in Photoshop. Some of those apps, such as GIMP or Paint.NET, are great alternatives that a lot of users have come to rely on, and I’d have to put StylePix in that same category.
One of the things that I took a liking to right away was that the app is offered in a portable format, which means I can easily edit photos from any Windows PC that I can plug my USB drive into. The next thing that struck me was the batch processing, which is useful if I have a bunch of photos I need to change. With the batch editor I can automatically rename images and apply filters (automatic levels, grayscale, etc…) without having to go through them all one-by-one.
Skeptical as to how much StylePix can do? This is a quick rundown of what I’d consider to be the major features:
- Image browser
- Supports JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIF, TGA, BMP, and TSP
- Tabbed interface
- Waveforms and histograms
- Multi-layer support
- Multiple selection tools (including add/subtract/intersect modes)
- Over 30 filters (including automatic leveling options)
- Drawing and text tools
- Transformation and alignment
- Enhancement and restoration tools
- Crop tool
- Batch processing
- Available in 53 languages
The only thing I have bad to say about StylePix is that the interface can feel cramped at times. That’s understandable due to the sheer number of tools and features offered in the app, but I’m sure there’s some way around the “overwhelming” feeling you’ll get at times. With that in mind I’d say it’s hard to argue that this is one of the most feature-packed Photoshop alternatives available.
StylePix Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)