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Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
Apr 2, 2012
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Sagelight Review

Fernando Ortega
An excellent image retoucher and enhancer for your digital photos
A review of Sagelight by Fernando Ortega

Sagelight is a successful and powerful photo editing package which is related to its freeware cousin, the Lightbox Free Image Editor.

This fully-featured graphics editor can do many different things, and among the over 50 different functions and tasks that Sagelight performs are typical blur/sharpen, artistic effects you might be able to pull off with Adobe Photoshop and other professional-level filters. All of the effects can be applied to a variety of different images, not limited to JPEGs from digital photo apparatus.

Using Sagelight provides some stunning results and whether the person using the program is a beginner or a seasoned user of photo editing programs, it definitely doesn't let down with its loads of features. A lot of the things that Sagelight does provide is indeed geared towards professionals, but it also provides an easy-to-use interface which is inviting to new users.

With regards to new users, Sagelight provides all kinds of different user tutorials which makes it easy to learn how to do many cool things to your images.

In terms of system resources, Sagelight uses very little for the features that it provides; that is if you were editing the same photo with Adobe Photoshop with the same effects as if you had Sagelight fired up, you would notice that Sagelight uses your CPU and system memory much more efficiently.

While sadly Sagelight isn't a replacement of expensive photo editing suites like Corel or Adobe, it does provide a great resource to perform touching up and improvements to your existing photographs.

Sagelight features and highlights:
  • Very fast, real-time native 48-bit editor
  • Most functions written with SSE2 and SSE4 Technology
  • Easy and Intuitive controls, designed just for Sagelight (read more here and here)
  • Powerful 'Quick Edit Mode'
  • Extensive user support, including blog (see it here), discussion board (see it here).
  • Professional level functions
  • 48-bit RAW File Support with Highlight Recovery
  • Image Layer Blending with 20 modes, including Soft Light, Hard Light, Overlay, Multiply, etc.
  • High-Pass Filter with C*I*E LAB support
  • Dual Definition (aka "Clarity"/Local Contrast) layers
  • Sagelight Vibrance
  • 3rd-Party Plug-In Support (Adobe Filters, 8BF, etc.)
  • Pro Saturation mode with 13 different Saturation Color Space Modes (read more here)
  • Powerful Manual Curves with 13 Color Spaces (RGB, C*I*E LAB, XYZ, HSL, HSB, etc.)
  • Undo Brush allows you to merge image layers with a brush you control
  • Dodge and Burn, and Clone Brush

Sagelight is licensed as Shareware for the Windows operating system / platform from graphics software and can be used as a free trial until the trial period ends (after 30 days). The Sagelight 4.0 demo is available to all software users as a free download with potential restrictions and is not necessarily the download of the full version.

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Compatibility with this software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version of Sagelight may be available from 19th Parallel, LLC.

Sagelight has been picked by our editors as very good.
Sagelight has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested Sagelight 4.0 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]

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