The most widely used photo editor is Adobe Photoshop (Paid) or GIMP (Free). But if you are just an armature photo editor who used to edit photo to amaze their friends ore just for fun, then surly Photoshop and GIMP will be a hideously complex tool for you. Although if you are a professional, then those two undoubtedly the best choice available. But nowadays, the number of armature photo editor is huge and so many easy tools are coming providing limited but only useful features. SharpShot is a one of those tools. This is a really easy to use, functional, featured cross-platformed and portable photo editor tool that works on all three major OS Windows, Mac and Linux. Sharpshot is a simple graphics editor, focused on basic modifications and minor fixes. So do not expect to see as much features as in Paint.NET or PhotoScape, for example. However, this application provides important tools in a simple User Interface which definitely makes this tool worth of trying.
As mentioned, the Sharpshot is not a professional image editor. In fact, it is an option for those who need to make simple changes and minor corrections quickly for personal use. The most used tools are arranged horizontally in a line so you can access to them in a single click. This category includes Aspect Ratio (includes Free, Square, Original, 4×3, 4x6, 5×7, 8x10 16×9), Crop, Resize, Add Border, Intensity/Hue/Saturation, Red Eye Removal, Rotate Image and more. Other’s can be accessed from the Effect and Tools menu.
From the Effects menu, you will find tools to adjust Brightness/Contrast, Intensity/Hue/Saturation, Colors, add effects like Blur, Motion Blur, Sharpen, Despeckle and Convert to Gray scale and Invert pixel. From the Tools menu, you can add Mosaic, Watermark and adjust Edge Dictation.
Clicking on any of those tool will open a new window from where you can be able to adjust respective settings. You will just need to change the settings to make your photo perfect. You will also be able to see real time preview of edit and pixel histogram from the windows.
Almost all commands of SharpShot have shortcuts that makes it more easy to use and quick to navigate. Here’s a list of some shortcuts used in SharpShot:
- B : Set brightness and contrast.
- C : Cut.
- H : Display histogram.
- L : Control color.
- P : Display properties of the image.
- R : Resize.
- T : Intensity and adjust saturation.
- F5 : Display images in slideshow form.
- Ctrl + O : Open a file.
- Ctrl + Shift + O : Open a folder.
- Ctrl + K : Close a file.
- Ctrl + Shift + K : Close all files.
- Ctrl + Z : Undo action.
- Ctrl + Y : Redo undone changes.
To edit an image using SharpShot, click on File > Open File (Or use CTRL + O shortcut) and then select the image you desire. All edit process you applied will be saved automatically and your file will be replaced. But don’t worry, you will have the option to revert back any change via Undo or you can even get the original file from Version. It stores all process as and individual file and you can have any of them.
You can change the Appearance and Output from Options > Preference. You can also setup min/max heap memory size and also run automatic cache cleaner when the cache exceeds a determined limit. You can change those from Advanced tab.
Sharpshot is a Java-Based portable tool so you can run it from a pen-drive anywhere. Sharpshot runs on Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Mac OS X and Linux.