FIRST EXPOSURE BY STAN SHOLIK
WITH PICKTORIAL 3
This Mac image editor impresses with advanced algorithms in an easy-to-use package.
With the release of Picktorial 3, Mac users gain another
powerful yet intuitive image-editing app. Earlier releases
from the Israeli-based startup laid the groundwork for
this powerful upgrade. Just a few years since its initial release,
Picktorial has the feel of a well-developed program.
Using some of the latest available technology and custom-built algorithms, Picktorial 3 is designed to bridge the gap
between mass-market photo editors and high-end professional
applications. Particular attention is paid to presenting professional
tools in a clean, simplified interface. Picktorial 3 provides nondestructive RAW file editing while offering native plug-in support
for browsing and editing images in Aperture libraries.
New features are found in version 3 of Picktorial along with
features that separate it from its competition. These include
full support of the latest compressed and uncompressed RAF
files from Fuji X-Trans cameras, auto lens corrections based on
embedded metadata for all supported cameras, skin smoothing
using automatic frequency separation techniques, easy-to-use
color and luminosity masks, advanced local adjustments using the
new edge-aware Magic Brush, and a single-window interface with
new tabs for metadata, presets and history.
Picktorial 3 costs $70 and is available free to owners of
previous versions. You can get a 14-day free trial at picktorial.com.
With no need to switch from a library to a Develop module
or to mouse through a tabbed workspace that requires a redraw
for each tab, it is quick and easy to familiarize yourself with
the Picktorial 3 workflow. An opening splash screen can take
you to a review of new features for previous users or tutorials
for new users. The interface features a central Viewer window
with a browser beneath. To the left is a Library panel. The right
side Inspector panel contains the editing tools, presets and
image-specific information. Keyboard shortcuts generally follow
Photoshop and other advanced image program standards,
making keyboard navigation in the workspace feel familiar. While
the interface is not fully customizable, you can open and close
each of the main panels from the View menu, with icons or with
The Inspector panel holds four subpanels: Presets, Adjust, Info
and History. You make global and local adjustments in the Adjust
panel where you can crop and rotate, adjust exposure, adjust
color, use curves and brush all of these global adjustments locally
using the Retouch subpanel. I found it very intuitive and easy to
navigate. This is a good thing as the Help function offers more
descriptive information than actual “help” and requires you to
have an Internet connection to access. On the plus side, the first
PICTURED: The four subpanels of the Inspector panel
provide the power in Picktorial 3.