Page Prints and StoryBooks contain photographs as well as artwork and backgrounds. These items are combined into a single page. We cannot enhance photographs without adversely affecting the artwork and background. Consequently, we recommend enhancing your photos prior to printing your StoryBook or Page Print. Enhancing photographs ensures that exposure and color are correct, red-eye is removed, and the image is sharpened, if necessary. StoryBook Creator includes complete image enhancement features to make these improvements.Another approach is to enhance photos prior to importing them into StoryBook Creator. Making changes prior to bringing photos into StoryBook Creator allows you to share the enhanced photo, even if it is not part of a completed StoryBook. Memory Manager, as well as various image enhancement programs, is designed to make enhancements.
In the past I have used Adobe Photoshop, which is a professional image editing program that sells for nearly $700. I started using this program prior to Memory Manager and StoryBook Creator and have become reasonably adept at editing photos with Photoshop. The process was still very time consuming, as I had to individually review and edit each photo. For a trip or event with several hundred photos this editing process could easily take several hours.
I recently discovered a far better solution. Image Editor from Colour Science has a batch processing mode that allows me to avoid tedious, manual editing of each image. I now spend more time creating StoryBooks and journaling my stories.
Image Editor does not replace either Memory Manager or StoryBook Creator. Instead, Image Editor works with Memory Manager and StoryBook Creator to allow photo enhancement before bringing photos into either program. Image Editor has no ability to track, label, and archive photos and cannot create unique StoryBooks, Page Prints, and other products.
The downside of Image Editor is that it has a lot of features and requires some trial and error to determine the appropriate settings. A free 20 day trail is available from Colour Science and the program costs $65 for the home version and $115 for the standard version.