Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3

Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3
Contents
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Table of Contents
Part I Program information
1 Welcome
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2 About the program
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Part II Overview
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Part III How to optimize photos
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1 Red Eye Correction
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2 Color Correction
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3 Effects
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Part IV Menu
1 File
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2 Edit
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3 Effects
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4 View
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5 Settings
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6 Internet
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7 Help
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Part V References
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1 System requirements
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2 Getting help ................................................................................................................................... 22
3 Ashampoo support
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Index
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Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3
Program information
For Windows® XP and Windows Vista™
Copyright © 2008, ashampoo Technology GmbH & Co. KG
Felix-Wankel-Str. 16, 26125 Oldenburg, Germany
Developer: ashampoo Technology Team
Design: Sebastian Strzelecki, Daniel M. Heinze, Ralph Tonn
Help file and Documentation: Sven Krumrey
Use of this program and all its component modules is
subject to the terms and conditions of the License
Agreement you agreed to when you installed the software.
1.1
Welcome
Optimizing photos is a child's play!
Focus on your motif, press the release and record the picture: Taking photos with modern digital
cameras is so easy. After having recorded the pictures, they will be transferred to and analyzed on
the PC. A lot of photographers are surprised when displaying their photos on the PC for the first time:
The photos are not bright enough, the colors do not shine, the degree of sharpness is not sufficient
and the contrast also leaves a lot to be desired. Very often, such a result can be attributed to
suboptimal settings of the camera.
But: From now on, this does not mean that you have to delete your pictures. The perfect photo is
hidden under the gray surface – you only have to find it! The Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 2.0 can
help you to save each photo – all you have to do is click with your mouse. A very strong algorithm
determines the optimal settings for a picture and implements these settings automatically and without
any further prompts. Even on the screen, you can see that this feature already seems to remove a
shroud of fog from the pictures so that the colors are shining again, the contrasts are exact and the
pictures become sharper. The photographers often experience a downright light bulb moment when
watching their photos.
A direct before/after comparison of the pictures shows the extreme improvements that have been
performed by the program. Thus, more and more hobby and professional photographers use this
program during each new readout process of recently recorded pictures to optimize them with the
help of the batch processing method.
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Better overview when optimizing photos
How can software be improved that has been designed for performing all tasks with only one single
mouse click? More buttons to be clicked would only be annoying and complicate the program. Thus,
the operation has to be simplified even further. This is exactly what Ashampoo has done.
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3 provides a navigation bar which allows selecting each folder in the
system with only one mouse click. The program immediately displays a thumbnail preview of all
stored pictures. Now, the program also directly approaches digital cameras and memorizes important
folders like, for example, "My pictures" which can then be selected very quickly.
At the request of many users, it is now possible to use the automatic optimization function several
times in a row. Professionals can even adjust the values for brightness, contrast and gamma
manually. The maximizing function of the picture preview also displays the “enlarged” optimized photo
on the screen. The new version is complete with a print function for a quick output on the photo
printer.
About the program
How to optimize photos
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About the program
About the program
All the photo editing you really need. Instantly.
Many people buy big expensive camcorders but still shoot all their videos with their phone or point-and-shoot
camera. Photo editing software is similar – you may have a powerful graphics editor but most of the time you'll
find yourself using just a couple of functions. Ashampoo Photo Optimizer enables you to touch up your digital
photos fast. Everything is so simple you never need to read a manual – after you point and shoot just click and
go.
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer doesn't try to replace major graphics programs. It just gives you everything you
need when you want results fast.
Instant Optimize function
You'll love this if you've ever struggled with all the complicated settings in a graphics editor. Just select a photo
and click Optimize. Suddenly a dull photo starts to shine. There's nothing to configure, you really just select and
click. The results look attractive and natural, not artificially boosted. You can also optimize all your photos with a
single click, it's just as easy as a single photo.
Red eye correction
Correcting the dreaded red eye effect in flash photos is just as easy: Just roughly select the part of the photo
containing the red eyes and click, Photo Optimizer does all the rest. You don’t have to make a precise selection,
the red area is found and corrected automatically. Here too, the result looks attractively natural and you get it
instantly, without having to spend hours studying a manual.
Rotate, brightness, contrast and effects
Click once to rotate photos that are on their sides. Adjust brightness and contrast with simple sliders. Convert
your photos to graphic black-and-white or sepia or invert the colors, all with a single click. Instant preview,
instant results - and just click on Undo if you change your mind.
Automatic backup – undo your changes at any time
You never need to worry about “damaging” your photos by editing them because you can always return to the
original version. Ashampoo Photo Optimizer automatically makes backups of the original versions of your photos
in a database. To restore the original just select the photo and click on Undo – even days or weeks later. In the
new version you can also choose where you want to store the undo database.
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Overview
Overview
Let's take quick look at the arrangement of Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3 ! We've spared no efforts
to make the browsing easier und more comfortably.
Welcome to our new user interface!
The Special Places offer a view at My Pictures , removable media (e.g. USB drives), and
connected digicams.
You might already know the file directory tree from the explorer. Just browse through your files
and select your favored directories.
The thumbnail browser show the previews of the pictures. Click at a picture and it will be
displayed below.
This is a preview of the selected picture. In this place you can supervise the success of the
optimization and access the optimize controls.
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The Backup files
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3 creates a backup file of every picture which
was edited or optimized. If you're not not satisfied with the result, just click at
Undo and the picture will be restored. The default paths for these backup
files are:
Windows® XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application
Data\photoOptimizeHistoryDataBase
Windows Vista™:
C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\photoOptimizeHistoryDataBase
Note: Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3 always chooses the partition where
your operating system is installed. C:\ is just the most common but it can
be different, of course. Please replace USERNAME with your own user
name.
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3 now also offers the possibility to change the
path of the backup database. See here for more details!
Change the path of the backup files
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How to optimize photos
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How to optimize photos
How to optimize photos (survey)
Optimize and beautify all your photos in the same folder with just a click of the mouse is possible!
This survey introduces the most important function at the start screen.
Optimize all
Optimizes all pictures of the selected folder.
Undo optimize all
Restores all pictures.
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Previous picture
With this button you change to the previous picture.
Next picture
With this button you change to the next picture.
Rotate right
Use this button to turn your picture lossless to the right.
Rotate left
Use this button to turn your picture lossless to the left.
Maximize
Use this button, in order to optimize your pictures.
The Main Feature Bar
Previous / Next picture
With this button you change to the
previous next picture.
Optimize
Use this button, in order to optimize your
pictures.
Color Correction
This function offers brightness, contrast
and gamma adjustment of your photos.
See here for more details.
Effects
There are some beautiful filters to beef
your pictures up. See here for more
details.
Correct Red Eyes
The notorious red eye affect can destroy
your precious memories. See here how
to remove it!
Show Original
To best way to compare the amazing
effect of the automatic optimization is to
switch from the original to the result.
Click on this button to do this!
Print
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Kick here to print your pictures, it will
open the printing dialogue of your
printer.
Undo
If you've optimized your picture, you can
restore the image file using button after
the optimization.
Save
Saves the picture.
About the program
3.1
Red Eye Correction
Functionality
To achieve the best results it may be useful to understand how this sophisticated tool works. To put it in a
nutshell: Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3 is looking for colors and their spatial layout which are typical for
those red eyes pics. How does a photo like this actually look like? There is the glistening red of the eyes
(which is a reflection of the retina), the white of the eye ball and the color of the skin. Thus, Ashampoo
Photo Optimizer 3 is looking just for constellations like that to seek and replace those red arrays with a
more natural shade.
How to remove red eyes
Set the limits of the array
Once you've opened a picture with red eyes click at Correct Red Eyes to open the menu.
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Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3 asks you to mark the area where the read eyes are located. Click at the
picture and hold the left mouse button to define the starting point of the frame and pull it to the proper size.
Release the mouse button to complete this operation. Your frame will now be zoomed in and Ashampoo
Photo Optimizer 3 starts to search for red eyes.
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Please create a frame which is slightly bigger than the actual area around the eyes. It should
come up to the eyebrows and should also contain some of the skin left and right of the eyes. Don't
try to remove several pairs of red eyes at once.
Red eyes were found
If red eyes were found, Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3 indicates those areas with red frames. The
program automatically removes the red sections and replaces them with darker colors which fit into the
picture inconspicuously.
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Red eyes not found / Manual removing
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3 uses an elaborate method to remove red eyes but it won't work in every
case. If your picture differs too much from the common scenario (e.g. there is no white from the eye balls or
somebody is winking), the automatic process will not identify the red eye areas properly. In this case,
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3 offers a way to remove red eyes manually.
Click at the middle of the pupil, click and hold the left mouse button and move the mouse to adjust the size
of the circle. This circle (called selection circle) defines the array in which the color are darkened.
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Please create a circle which a little bigger than the pupil itself and you will get the best results.
Just get a feeling for this tool and its handling and try different solutions, it will be without risk.
Please remember there is always a backup of the original and the different stages of your work. In
this connection please keep in mind to keep the backups until you are really satisfied with the
output.
An error and how to deal with it
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3 removes red eyes in a majority of cases automatically and without any
problems. In certain circumstances, the function will misinterpret arrays of your picture as red eyes. In some
cases, e.g. parts of the eye near the lacrimal hold the classical Red - White - Colour of the skin
-combination. Thus, Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3 removes the red in these arrays. In this case, please
choose Undo and remove the red eyes manually.
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How to optimize photos
3.2
Color Correction
Color Correction
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3 allows to optimize your pictures with just one click - but that's not all
you can do with it.To put the finishing touch to it, there is also a color correction to optimize your
pictures manually. Just click at Colour Correction to open the menu.
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The color correction provides an adjustment of the three basic
parameters of a picture: Brightness, Contrast and Gamma. Just
slide the roll bars and watch the changes of the preview in
realtime.
If you're not convinced it's again just one click to cancel the
changes. Choose Reset and the roll bars will return to their
default position. Your pictures will remain unchanged.
If you are satisfied with the results, click at Finish to resume.
Keep in mind that there is always a backup of the original (until
you decide to delete it).
If you need further information about Gamma, Brightness, etc.,
see here for details.
How to optimize photos
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Effects
Effects
This feature provides nice filters to add some highlights to your pictures. To continue the tradition of
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3 the results are only one click away. Just choose Effects to open this
menu!
Sepia offers an attractive, moody
coloring which reminds the viewers of
old photographs. Pictures of
landscapes or family reunions often
get a special touch with this filter.
Invert Colors inverts the colors of your
pictures as you might know it from
slides.
Greyscale turns your picture into a
classic black-and-white shot.
How to optimize photos
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Menu
Using the menu bar you have access to all important functions of Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3.
Please click on the topic to receive further information about it!
4.1
File
Menu > File
Open folder
Opens a search dialogue, where you can select the picture folder.
Open file
Opens a search dialogue, where you can select the picture file.
Save file
Use this function in order to store your picture.
Save file as
This function becomes active, as soon as you've optimized a picture. Use this
function in order to store your picture with a different name.
Next file
Moves on to the next file of the folder.
Previous file
Moves on to the previous file of the folder.
Page Setup
You are now able to change the specific settings of the page you wish to print
on. Just define the size, source and margins to achieve the best result.
Print Preview
Use this function to view a preview of your print.
Print
This function opens the printing dialogue of your printer.
Delete all Backups
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3 always creates backup files during the
optimization. Please note: Only if your are really sure that these files (the
originals) are obsolete, click here.
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Menu
Exit
Select this menu option, in order to exit Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3.
4.2
Edit
Menu > Edit
Undo
Use this menu option in order to cancel the changes of your picture.
Rotate left
Use this menu option in order to turn your picture to the left.
Rotate right
Use this menu option, in order to turn your picture to the right.
Optimize
Use this button in order to optimize your pictures.
Correct Red Eyes
Use this button in order to remove red eyes.
Color Correction
Use this button to adjust the colors (brightness, contrast and gamma) of your
picture.
Optimize all files
Optimizes all pictures of the selected folder.
Undo optimization for all files
Restores all picture files.
4.3
Effects
Menu > Effects
This feature provides nice filters to add some highlights to your pictures. To
continue the tradition of Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3 the results are only
one click away. Just choose your Effect to open this menu!
Sepia
Greyscale
Invert Colors
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View
Menu > View
Refresh
Use this menu option in order to refresh the directories shown in the
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3 explorer.
4.5
Settings
Menu > Settings
Newschannels
Opens a dialogue which permits the configuration of the service channels.
Using service channels you can receive information to various topics such as
news and updates.
Language
Here you can specify the language.
JPEG Quality
You are now able to choose the quality of your stored files. Please keep in mind
that files with a reduced quality may need less hard disk space but may look
worse!
Appearance
The are two skins to choose from; a modern black and green theme and the classic blue one.
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Menu
Change Backup Database Folder
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3 creates a backup file of every picture which
was edited or optimized. These backups are saved into the backup database
folder. If you want to change the path (maybe to put it on a hard disc with a
larger capacity) click here to open an explorer and choose the new storage
location. Your files will be moved to the new place, the needless old folder will
be erased.
Restore Backup Database Folder To Default
Klick here to move your database folder to its default path. (Windows® XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application
Data\photoOptimizeHistoryDataBase;Windows Vista™:
C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\photoOptimizeHistoryDataBase )
4.6
Internet
Menu > Internet
Buy / register
Starts the free online registration procedure. You must register the program to
be eligible for free updates when they become available! This option is only
displayed after you have purchased the program and entered your full version
key code. Only displayed in the shareware version. Connects you to the
Ashampoo website and opens the page with which you can purchase the
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program.
Recommend to a friend
Enables you to automatically recommend the program to a friend by e-mail.
Recommend your favorite software and get presented a full version key! How to
make it: In your personal customer area (under "recommendation") you choose
one of your registered programs and simply recommend it to friends, relatives,
neighbors, etc. With 9 confirmed recommendations you automatically receive
your personal full version key for the recommended program.
My Ashampoo
Connects you with the "My Ashampoo" -website. You have to login with your
user name and password. When logged on, you receive insight on previously
received registration keys and recommendations. Furthermore you have the
possibility to configure newsletter and user profile attitudes.
Today´s special offers
Connects you to the Ashampoo website and displays special offers and
featured advertising links to products and services that users of Ashampoo
programs may find useful or interesting.
View service letter offers
Connects you to the Ashampoo website page at which you can subscribe to our
free e-mail service letter with information about Ashampoo products, updates
and special offers.
Ashampoo homepage
Connects you to the Ashampoo-Website.
Ashampoo products
Connects you to the product information page of Ashampoo.
Ashampoo support
Connects you to the support website of this application.
Online update
Connects you to the Ashampoo website page where you can check for online
updates of the program.
4.7
Help
Menu > Help
Contents
Opens this help file.
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Send a problem report to Ashampoo
Here you can send a problem report directly to Ashampoo.
Ashampoo Support
Opens the Ashampoo Support website.
Buy / register
Starts the free online registration procedure. You must register the program to
be eligible for free updates when they become available! This option is only
displayed after you have purchased the program and entered your full version
key code. Only displayed in the shareware version. Connects you to the
Ashampoo website and opens the page with which you can purchase the
program.
About the program
Shows information about the program, like the version number.
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References
Useful information about Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3
System requirements
Getting help
Ashampoo support
5.1
System requirements
System requirements
Operating System:
Windows® XP, Windows Vista™
Computer:
Any computer that runs on one of the above operating systems at a reasonable speed.
Disk space:
Hard Disk Space 10 MB, backup files might need additional space
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Getting help
Accessing the help file
Please select Help in the Help menu at any point to view the topic of this help file most relevant to
what you are currently doing. If you get really stuck you can contact Ashampoo Support, but please
study the help carefully first -- we've put a lot of effort into making it as comprehensive as possible
and chances are you'll find the answer here if you look!
Find required information
Getting started
This online help system is designed to make it easy to find what you need quickly and easily. The
first time you use the program you should study the topics in the Introduction section; this will give
you the grounding you need and help you to understand how the program works.
Help contents
If selecting Help doesn't automatically open the online help at the topic you need the first place to
look is in the Contents. If the Contents isn't currently displayed you can display it by clicking on the
Contents tab in the left-hand pane of the help window (click on the Show icon in the help toolbar to
display the tabs if they are not visible). The help system takes a "learning by doing" approach and
you will find topics devoted to all the common procedures that you can perform with the program.
Additional useful information is also available in the Reference section.
The index
To display the index just click on the Index tab in the help window (click on the Show icon in the help
toolbar to display the tabs if they are not visible). Then either scroll through the list of keywords or
enter a keyword in the field at the top. When you have found a keyword that interests you
double-click on it to display the topic referenced by the keyword.
Searching
If you don't find what you need in the contents or the index you can also perform a full-text search on
the entire help system. Just click on the Search tab in the help window (click on the Show icon in the
help toolbar to display the tabs if they are not visible). Then type in the word or phrase you want to
search for in the field at the top of the search pane and click on the List Topics button to perform the
search.
5.3
Ashampoo support
Free E-MAIL support for all Ashampoo products - also for Trial-versions!
If you have any problems or questions about this program please contact our support hotline staff at
one of the addresses shown below. You can also contact support directly by selecting the options in
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the 'Internet' menu within the program.
Ashampoo contact addresses
Website:
http://www.ashampoo.
com
Support website:
http://www.ashampoo.
com/support
E-Mail Support:
sis@ashampoo.com
Bug reports:
support@ashampoo.co
m
Suggestions:
support@ashampoo.co
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Address:
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ashampoo GmbH & Co.
KG
Felix-Wankel-Str. 16
26125 Oldenburg
Germany
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