PhotoBling is an image manipulation software for Windows.
With PhotoBling, you can apply various special and artistic effects to medium sized JPEG images (under 1 megapixel).
It's easy to use. Just open an image and apply one or more one-click presets!
PhotoBling's capabilities are mainly softening, adding glitter, blooming, converting to sketch, adding frame, various color effects, and combinations of these. Also presets are provided for basic adjustments such as brightness, contrast and saturation.
You can open an image file, using File|Open command, or by drag&dropping the file on the main window.
If you want to start over and apply different effects, you can go back to the original image file using File|Revert command.
There is no Save command, in order to prevent accidental overwriting of the original file. Instead, you can use the File|Save As command to save the current image with a new name.
File format will be determined by the file extension you choose, which is either JPG or BMP. Saved file will become the current document, and will be effective if revert command is used.
Another way to save your image is the drag&drop method, from the image area to desktop or another folder. In this case, only a copy will be saved and current document will not change.
To apply an effect, choose necessary parameters in the effect tab and click Apply. (For presets, you can also just double-click on a preset name).
Note: Glitter effects will add star shapes at different random points each time you apply them.
After applying an effect, you can click Compare to compare 'before' and 'after' versions. 'Before' version of the image will be shown as long as you keep the Compare button clicked.
If you are happy with the change, click Accept to make the effect permanent.
Otherwise, you can click Reject to undo the effect.
After applying an effect and clicking Accept, you can keep applying other effects.
However, if you apply another effect without first clicking Accept, previous effect will be automatically undone (rejected).
This also means that re-applying the same effect won't change the image, except for glitter effects which have randomness.
Presets are effect bundles. Each preset is also an effect.
Presets are organized in categories, similar to files/folders structure. You can double-click on a category to open or close it.
In addition to using the Apply button, you can double-click on a preset name to apply it.
After applying a preset, you can reduce its intensity using Effect percent slider.
Click Apply to update the preset with the new setting.
Note: This adjusts the mixture amount of the before and after versions, and works best for effects such as blooming. Some effects such as sketch do not really have adjustable intensity.
You can select a preset category and click Test selected Category to see all preset effects in that category, side by side.
Processing will take some time so you need to be patient, or you can press Escape to abort. After that, your browser will run and the images will be shown in an HTML page. With most browsers, you can drag&drop images to desktop or another folder.
After applying multiple presets/effects, you can create a new preset, that will be the combination of all applied effects (This is similar to a Macro).
Use Tools|Save current effects as Preset command, type any comments and click Save.
You need to click Refresh presets to update the preset list. The new preset, when applied, will be able to convert the original image to the current modified version, or will have a consistent effect when applied to other images.
Note: When you use File|save As command, effect history is cleared and therefore a new preset cannot be created from previous presets. You can use drag&drop method for saving your file to prevent this.
Click Open presets folder to see the preset files and folders (categories) in an explorer window.
You can move the .pbx files around, rearrange them in folders, or delete them, as you like. After you are done, you can close the explorer window and click Refresh presets to update the preset list.
Note: If the root folder named 'presets' gets deleted, default presets will be re-created next time the software is run.
Use File|Preferences command to access the preferences dialog.
Selects the font for interface elements.
JPEG Compression Quality
The quality level for saving JPG files. Higher values mean higher quality images, but larger file sizes. Default is 90, which is exteremely high and will retain the image quality almost losslessly.
When selected, custom skinned interface is used.
You can select another skin (if installed) by right clicking the icon on the upper left corner of the main window when skinned interface is in use.
Show Presets only
Uncheck this option to enable hidden tabs, which contain detailed simple effect settings and were used to design the default presets. They are currently undocumented.
Confirm on exit/open/close/revert
Check this option to be asked for confirmation, each time, if the image is modified and is about to be discarded.
Confirm when applying an effect of different category
Check this option to be asked for confirmation when the image is modified but the effect wasn't accepted, and another effect of different category is about to be applied.
PhotoBling version 1.0
October 20, 2010
Publisher Manitu Group (firstname.lastname@example.org)