ArcSoft PhotoImpression

ArcSoft PhotoImpression

Blends powerful photo editing with project templates


  • Lots of useful photo editing functions
  • Very straightforward to use
  • Useful Help pages


  • Missing decent support for layers & gradients
  • Not as cheap as the GIMP (i.e. not free)

Very good

This program can no longer be downloaded. Take a look at ArcSoft PhotoStudio instead

ArcSoft PhotoImpression is a powerful, feature-filled photo editing application that doesn't make creating classy graphics too difficult to achieve.

It has to be said that PhotoImpression pulls this off pretty well, and its colorful interface manages to marry some of the advanced features of programs like Photoshop with the simplicity of an app like the GIMP or IrfanView.

PhotoImpression's GUI is laid out in a way that leads you intuitively through the process of organizing, enhancing, and creating interesting looking photos and graphics, whether it's to share on the web, email to your pals, or print out.

Clicking each of the tabs that represent these stages of production will bring up a series of controls that help you perform a variety of tasks, from fixing problem photos to applying effects and frames to your images.
It would have been nice to see support for more advanced manipulation tools such as layers and gradients in PhotoImpression, but for someone who's just retouching or revamping their snaps, this is ideal.

PhotoImpression performs admirably compared to the wonderful, if strangely-named, GIMP. However, perhaps the key difference with this and its open source rival is you must part with cash for the full version of PhotoImpression.

With all the photos, video and music files on your computer, wouldn't you like software that can actually simplify things? ArcSoft PhotoImpression® 6 not only manages your media for you, but also gives you tons of fun and exciting ways to enjoy it.

Media Browser

Browse files by date, folder or import event

Multiple Views

View photos as thumbnails, full-screen and in between

Easy Fix Wizard

Enhance photos using a step-by-step approach

Advanced Editing

Make detailed photo edits using manual fix tools

Media Player

Play music and video without launching another app

RAW Support

Open, email & print Canon, Nikon, Panasonic & Adobe RAW

Batch Processing

Rotate, rename and resize 100s of files with one click

Photo Stacking

Organize related photos into virtual stacks

Image Tags

Assign ratings and useful image tags to your media files

Custom Tags

Design your own tag icons using digital pictures

File Searching

Search and find files by keywords and tags

Photo Searching

Use one photo to find all other photos that look similar

48-bit Image Support

Edit 48-bit image files (crop, brightness/contrast)

Slideshow Creator

Make slideshows with photos, music, and cool effects

Slideshow Output

Save shows as screensavers, videos and .

exe files

High-Quality Text

Add text to photos with cool shadows and gradients

Vector Graphics

Apply clipart, frames, and edge effects to your photos

Easy Email

Turn mega-pixel photos into email-ready attachments


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User reviews about ArcSoft PhotoImpression

  • by Anonymous

    Do not purchase. Better types of this program to be had elsewhere. :(.
    I purchasewd the program ( if you can ca...   More

  • by Anonymous

    Photoimpression 6 install.
    Yes the install is very frustrating. I am no pro, yet out of the 4 ports I have on m...   More

  • by Anonymous

    wont print.
    After reinstalling Vista and installing all updates from Windows and H.P. and reinstalling Photo Im...   More

  • by Anonymous

    Rubbish No Supprt.
    Kaiser Baas Photomaker that came with ArcSoft PhotoImpression which will not open. Uninstalle...   More

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    Optex Scanner with Photoimpression 6.
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  • by Anonymous

    Photo Impression 6 Rating.
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