New in Version 14.50


Brush Editor

The Brush List now has a built-in editor for manipulating the active brush.

Brush Editor
Load/Save IPTC-Data

In order to save the IPTC of a picture or to transfer them to another picture, the Browse function now allows to load and save them.

Load/Save IPTC-Data
Text Settings Now Dockable

In order to simplify text formatting all settings were combined in the Text Settings. Furthermore the Text Settings are now dockable allowing constant and fast access.

Text Settings Dockable
New Filter Calculate Average

The filter Calculate Average replaces an image by the average of all pixels in the image.

Management of Very Large Images

Especially on Windows there were problems editing very large images. But images tend to become larger and larger (panoramas, ...), so we rebuilt the internal management to enhance the handling of those images.

New Curve Mode: Spline

The new curve mode Spline is easier to use as the existing mode Bezier.

Curve Editor


Scaling Function

The dialog for scaling has completely been redesigned. It now offers the most possible flexibility when creating actions. A layer can be fit in given bounds or its width/height can be adjusted to a given value. Of course scaling in percentages is possible, too.

Scaling Function
Curves Can Now Edit Transparency

Aside from the usual color channels the Curves dialog can now be used to edit the transparency channel, too.


Minor Enhancements

  • Crop Tool
    The cropping area can now be moved using the cursor keys.
  • PDF-Import
    The PDF-Import is now more tolerant against defects in PDF files.
  • PDF-Export
    If ZIP compression is used, RGB images with 256 colors at most are now exported as indexed images. This way the resulting PDF file may become significantly smaller.
  • Layer Properties, Resolution, Image Layers, Document mode
    In document mode the resolution of image layers now directly shows and controls the output resolution.
  • Text Layer, Column And Page Break
    Inside a text flow between columns and pages Shift+Return will insert a column break and Ctrl+Return will insert a page break.
  • Alignment of Dialogs On First Start
    On first start the alignment of dialogs is better.
  • Texte Input
    The formatting of text using extreme script fonts has been enhanced.
  • Plug-In-Modules
    The support of plugin-ins has been enhanced.
  • Plug-In-Modules, Windows
    If there were many plug-ins installed and activated, starting PhotoLine could slow-down. Therefore loading of plug-ins has been sped up.
  • Crop Document
    Crop Document can now be used in picture mode, too.
  • Browse
    Browse allows now to control the sorting direction.
    Furthermore the sorting criterion (name, date, file size, ...) is saved, so the setting will be the same after the next start of PhotoLine.
  • Working Mode
    On switching from picture mode to document mode the background of the document will be set to transparent, if the background image has transparency.
  • DPI, Document Mode, Image Layers
    If the active layer is an image, the DPI in all dialogs (Attributes, Layer Properties, ...) will take the size of the layer into account.
  • Layer Tool, Transformation
    While dragging the layer tool is now transforming (scaling, rotating, ...) the whole layer instead of the layer frame.
  • Undo
    Undo is utilizing the memory better now (especially in combination with actions).
  • Drag&Drop, Windows
    On Windows drag&drop now cooperates better with other applications.
  • Color Blend Tool
    The color blend tool now allows to set a blend mode in order to overlay several blends.
  • Dialog Preview
    The mouse wheel can now be used to change the zoom of the preview in dialogs.
  • Palettes, Mac OS
    Palettes can now be docked (attached to each other).
  • Layers/Channels - Isolated Groups
    Isolated groups are now marked with an * in the layers dialog.

New in Version 14.00

Image Processing

Create HDR-Image

This tool was vastly enhanced. Images can now be aligned manually.

Create HDR-Image
The Gray Mixer

The Gray Mixer provides a superior way to convert images to black & white by adjusting the impact of individual colors on the tones of the converted image. The Gray Mixer allows to assign weights to every color. A value of 0 % indicates that a color will have the standard weight. If all colors are set to 0%, the result will look similar to the one of Convert Layer Type. The strength of the Gray Mixer, however, lies in raising or reducing the contrast of individual colors to adjust the tonality of the converted image.

Gray Mixer

Beautify can be used to give photos a soft, romantic appearance. Soften does control the softness of the image; both, Brighten and Color sliders, are controlling the glow.

Image Optimize

Similarly to the Light/Shadow tool, Image Optimize is used for lightening dark areas (shadows) and darkening bright areas (lights). Although similar both functions are not identical and one might be preferable over the other depending on the image. In comparison to Light/Shadow, the new Image Optimize has three advantages:

  • It works faster.
  • It can be applied as a working layer.
  • Appropriate settings for the active image are calculated automatically upon calling the function. These automatic presets are quite conservative, so you may have to increase the settings for the best effect. The automatic presets provide a good basis to start out with.
Image Optimize
JPEG Compression for Photo Book Projects

Photo books are getting more and more popular. But there is one problem: the file size of a self-created photo book can be enormous. For example if you have a 30-sided photo book with two pictures on every page and each picture has only 4 megapixels, the needed memory is already (30 * 2 * 12 MB), all in all 720 MB.
In order to reduce this amount of data, there is JPEG Compression. This function can be used to compress a single image layer by using the JEPG method. The resulting JPEG data will be attached to the layer (see also chapter 5.5 "Working With JPEG-Files"). If a document whose image layers have acompanied JPEG data is saved, the resulting file size is usually only a fraction of the normal file size.

JPEG Compression
HD Photo File Format

The new HD Photo format provides very efficient image file compression while maintaining high image quality. Furthermore it can save transparency, ICC, XMP, IPTC and EXIF data. HD Photo also allows for 16 bit data per channel and offers a lossless compression variant.

HD Photo File Format


Ruler Tool

The Ruler tool can be used to create editable rulers. The tool options control, how many units will be displayed on the ruler to be created.

The Crop Tool

The Crop tool is used to cut an image or a document to a defined size. It is necessary to first enter the desired size. The Resolution switch controls whether PhotoLine should scale the selected area to a certain dpi-value after cropping or not. As long as the Resolution switch is turned off, the tool options will display the resulting dpi-value for the current selection. For free-sized cropping please use the Crop Lasso option of the Rectangle Lasso.

Crop Tool
Test Strip

The best way to achieve color correct prints with your own (inkjet) printer is to employ a fully color managed workflow. However, this approach requires color profiles for your monitor and your printer. Such profiles can be created by professional services or with dedicated profiling hardware. However, if you don't print photos that often, this is a rather expensive proposition. In this case Test Strip can help you. It takes a given image and creates several variations of it on one page. In the center of the page there will be the original,surrounded by variations of it . The Test Strip dialog determines how these variations are created. For example, you can set the contrast modification to a 15 % range, resulting in variations ranging from 15 % less contrast to 15% more contrast than the original. By creating and printing several pages with Test Strip the best settings for all or individual colors, for contrast, saturation and luminance can be determined. Now you can create an action and apply the settings to every photo before printing. Please note, that you shouldn't replace the original image with the corrected one, because the required settings will vary from one printer to another.

Test Strip
More Comfortable Dialogs

The dialogs of most functions in PhotoLine offer now more comfort as the previews can be hidden. Many functions in PhotoLine are very fast; thus it is often preferable to preview the result in the original document. A simple click on the shrink bar removes or restores the preview.

Dialogs With More Comfort

Dialogs With More Comfort
Working Layer Creation Inside the Functions Dialogs

PhotoLine Version 14 now provides many types of working layers (34) for lossless editing. Thus it is helpful to be able to create the working layers directly from the regular function dialogs.

Working Layer Creation Inside the Functions Dialogs
Curves Reworked

The Curves function in PhotoLine is redesigned and is now even more comfortable.



List of Used Fonts

The document information dialog now lists all the fonts used in a document.

List of Used Fonts
Color Picker

Besides raster graphics, the color picker can now also pick up the color from groups, vector layers and text layers.

Browse Function

A new option allows to chose if digital camera raw images should be opened through the Import dialog (allowing for adjustment of conversion parameters) or if they are opened directly.

Layer Panel now provides more Information

Icons for the "Don't Move", "Don't Select", "Preserve Transparency" and "Layer Effects" settings are now displayed to the right of the layer name in the layer dialog.

Layer Panel
New Info Bars

The dialogs of the Digital Camera Raw Data and the Browse Box do now show additional information in a scalable parts of the dialogs.

Info Bars


  • Many speed improvements
  • Bring to Document Size
    Bring to Document Size adjusts the size of an image layer to the full size of the document.
  • Frame Function
    Two new buttons allow the centering of the inner frame.
  • Change EXIF Date
    The speed of changing EXIF date in JPEG images was increased.
  • Blends
    Blends can now be mirrored.
  • Blends
    The arrow for the direction setup now snaps on important points (nodes?) when the Shift key is pressed.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
    The shortcuts can now be saved and loaded enabling exchange between users and between computers.
  • Icon Im- and Export
    The bigger Vista icons are now supported.
  • Spelling Correction
    A menu command now enables fast on and off switching of the spelling correction.
  • TGA Image Format
    Transparent images are supported now.
  • Web Export
    The second preview is now size adjustable. After exporting the dialog will close automatically. Further, there is a new option to include or exclude meta data (EXIF, IPTC, XMP).
  • Digital Camera Raw Data
    A new interpolation mode was added: PPG-Interpolation.
  • Digital Camera Raw Data
    The import supports, besides many other camera models, now also the Canon 610/710 and the Sigma SD14.
  • Intensity setting by keyboard
    The layer intensity or the intensity of the actual tool can now be set by the keyboard.
  • Flash Format
    Option to activate "Protect from Import".
  • Color Palette
    Color palettes in EPS format and color values in the comment field can now be imported .
  • Color Fields
    By selecting "Copy" in color fields, PhotoLine copies the color values to the clipboard. This way you can copy it into HTML documents.
  • Attribute Dialog
    It shows now the position and size of the lasso (Document tab).
  • Replace Color
    If you change the intensity of the destination color the color will be set half transparent.
  • Plugin Support
    Once more improved. Provides support for more third-party plugins.
  • File Sorting
    The browse dialog sorts file names numbers on the end now according to these numbers.
  • Layer Dialog
    By pressing the Alt key, you can switch quickly between "Show active Layer" and "Show all Layers". This also works with the select button.
  • PLD Export
    New options for saving images to allow for faster saving or smaller file sizes ("PNG fast", "PNG small" or "No Compression" modes).
  • Context Menu
    Option to setup separators in the context menu.
  • Show Extrem Values
    Option to select different colors for lights and shadows.
  • TIFF Import
    JPEG compressed TIFF images are read better.
  • JPEG2000 Import
    The import does fix smaller errors in a JPEG2000 image file to load it anyway.
  • Browse Dialog / Layer Dialog
    You can now change file names / layer names directly without accessing dedicated dialogs. Browse Dialog / Layer Dialog

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