FastStone Image Viewer review : Best Phototshop Alternative

If you are looking for a good and easy to use Image editing software, FastStone Image Viewer is one the best options. In spite of its name, FastStone Image Viewer performs many other programs rather than viewing images. FastStone Image Viewer allows you to make many brief changes in a pic and also have a very innovative and attractive Interface. It’s a good opinion to make the basic changes in an image and view them in varied sizes.

The main overview of the software might look very congested and messed up, with 20+ button at the top of the window. There are many options in the program, helping you to navigate to particular directories, view thumbnails of the contents, and view larger previews of individual images. The coolest part, which I honestly liked was that when you open any image in full screen option, then by moving the cursor to the edges of the screen brings up a variety of options. See the screenshot below.

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Features of FastStone Image Viewer

  • Image browser and viewer with a familiar Windows Explorer-like user interface
  • Support many of the popular image formats
  • Have a true Full Screen viewer with image zoom support and unique fly-out menu panels
  • Crystal-clear and customizable one-click image magnifier
  • Powerful image editing tools: Resize/resample, rotate/flip, crop, sharpen/blur, adjust lighting/colors/curves/levels etc.
  • Image color effects: gray scale, sepia, negative, Red/Green/Blue adjustment
  • Image special effects: annotation, drop shadow, framing, bump map, sketch, oil painting, lens
  • Allows to draw texts, lines, highlights, rectangles and ovals on images.
  • Support file extensions like PDF, TIFF, JPEG and PNG. 
  • Allows to export images from Scanner to program.

How to use FastStone Image Viewer

Zoom in and out :- Allows you to zoom the picture in and out as much as you want

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Slide Show option :- Allows you to create the slideshow of all you pics or as much as you want. Also, if you are focused on the last image of the folder, then the last image would only be shown in the slideshow. It allows you to set the background color of the slideshow also.

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Resize option :- In the FastStone Image viewer, you can also resize your images and bring them to your desirable sizes. The program allows you to change the size in 2 options, Pixels and Percent. Also, while changing the sizes, by clicking on the boxes next to the option, they give you various sizes from which you can choose any one, which you think is appropriate.

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Crop Board Option :- This multi-talented tool (in terms of features) also allows you to crop any image. For example, see the screenshot below.

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Draw board Option :- Here another fascinating feature of FastStone and this is Draw Board which can also be said as Drawing board as this option allows you to add text of different fonts, circles, rectangles, squares and many other things. See the screenshot below to get more idea about it

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As you can see the list of options of the Draw board panel which you can use to make your images more interesting.

Compare the selected option :- I hope that this might be new to you and you might be unknown to it but yes, FastStone comes with a very rare feature and that is ‘ Compare the selected’ option. As the name says, this option is used to compare 2-4 images. Let e give you an example by attaching a screenshots below

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To compare photos, you have to select 2-4 images and to select multiple images you have to press and hold the CTRL key and left click the pictures you want to compare.

Acquire images from scanner option :- As I told you earlier, FastStone Image viewer allows you to transmit images from scanner to the program and I hope that I don’t need to attach any screenshot for it :P.

Download FastStone Image Viewer

You can download and grab the magic of FastStone Image viewer by clicking here

So here was my detailed review of the newly launched, FastStone Image Viewer and I hope you enjoyed it. If you are having any queries regarding the post or the screenshot, then you can leave your thoughts below in the comment box.

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