These are just some of the many new features in QFX

Dust Brush

Removing dust, scratches or skin blemishes is easy with the new Dust Brush. Just adjust the size of the brush to a little larger than the blemish and with a click or two (or a press of the stylus tip) the blemish disappears. This tool works great on dust, scratches or to smooth out rough areas.

Correct and Create Perspective

With the new perspective feature it is quick and easy to correct or create perspective. Just draw a 4-sided Lasso and use the Nodes tool to encompass the area you want corrected or created and QFX does the rest. No more fiddling with the Warp tool to do this common task. Perspective works in Draw mode on bitmap objects as well. Just enable Perspective in the Bitmap Options dialog and drag any corner of the image to correct or create perspective.

Color Mixer

The new Color Mixer sliders in the Monochrome effect dialog let you simulate placing colored filters over the camera lens just like photographers shooting black and white film do. In the examples at the left we use the Color Mixer sliders to simulate a red, green and yellow filter. The red filter darkens both the lake and the grass. The green filter makes both the lake and the grass lighter. The yellow filter gives the most pleasing result by darkening the lake slightly but keeping the grass looking natural. Great black and white photographers always keep these three filters in their camera bag for getting the most dramatic monochrome renditions of their color scenes. Now with QFX you can get the same results as the pros but can experiment until you get just what you want. That's something old-school film photographers cannot do (without wasting a lot of film)!

Thumbnail Gallery

The Thumbnail Gallery displays images, Lassos and objects in film-strip fashion across the bottom, top, left or right edge of the main program window. You can use the Thumbnail Gallery to open images, open object scenes, place Lassos or objects, paste images and add or replace bitmap objects. You can drag and drop images, object files or Lassos into any open image to make it easy to add these items without having to open a file dialog. The Gallery can dock to any program window edge or be free-floating. It is re-sizable as well. Buttons on the edge let you select from up to five different folders for display. This makes it easy to switch between different folders without having to open a dialog. The Gallery supports all the features of the original Thumbnails Browser such as image rotation, file renaming, deleting and copying as well as selection for thumbnail printing.

Thumbnails Browser

To make working with digital camera images, the Thumbnails Browser, Thumbnail Gallery and the Open Image dialogs allow you to set the correct rotation for each image so it appears upright regardless of how the camera was held. And the image will open automatically rotated to the correct orientation, saving you the extra few steps of rotating it after opening. When you print out your thumbnails the images are rotated correctly as well. This makes creating contact sheets of images from your digital camera even better than with a film camera since all your images will appear upright regardless of how you shot them. Furthermore, using the Thumbnails Browser you can select multiple images and open them all at once. The rotation selected for each image is stored in the thumbnails catalog so the image appears correctly rotated each time you open the Thumbnails Browser or the Open Image dialog. There is also a Thumbnails Browser for object files as well.

BASIC-like Scripting Language

Effects on ObjectsFor automating various tasks, QFX features the Queue which is a scripting language that is similar in style and syntax to the familiar BASIC programming language. It is complete with variables, expressions, conditionals, branches, subroutines, forms, message boxes, error handling and more. Included are several sample Queues including one called WebFolio (described below) that serves as a demonstration of the power and features of the Queue scripting language and is fully commented to help you understand how it works. Whether you want to do something as complex as WebFolio or just pop up a message box and get a response before executing a command, the programming features make QFX the most flexible and powerful image editor ever.

Sample Queue Scripts are available in our Tips and Tricks section, just click one of the links below, read about what the script does and download it:
  • Create a tiled array of images
  • Downloading Digital Camera Images
  • Sending Images using "Anonymous" Web Pages
  • Creating Photo Packages for Printing
  • Adding Watermark Text to Images
  • WebFolio Web Tool

    WebFolio is a Queue script that makes it easy to create a web-based portfolio or on-line catalog of images quickly and easily. WebFolio has its own Help documentation accessed by clicking the Help button in the WebFolio dialog. WebFolio not only generates all the images but also creates the HTML document (web page) with options for background and text color as well as header and footer text and the layout of the thumbnail images. You even have the option to add drop shadows to your images to enhance the look of your page. WebFolio will also upload all the images and files to your web site automatically. Whether you want to put some family photos on your personal web site or create a catalog of product images for a commercial site, this easy-to-use tool will do the job for you. And because its written in Queue script, you can modify it to suit your taste or add more features.

    Copy and Paste Object Properties

    You can copy the properties from a Draw mode object or Paint mode Lasso and paste them to one or more objects or Lassos. This lets you change one or more objects or Lassos to match the properties or attributes of another. You can paste a single property or several by selecting which properties to paste in the Paste Properties dialog (shown at the left). Properties include the object fill type, softness and transparency as well as edge, shadow, text, effects, size and location properties. Use this feature to resize objects to match the size of another.

    Apply effects and filters on Draw objects

    Effects on ObjectsApply any of the effects from the Efx menu and any of the filters from the Filters flyout menu. And, you can stack up multiple effects on each object, like Emboss plus Glow as shown in the example at the left. Effects and filters work on all objects, including text and bitmap objects. Preview windows in all the effects and filters dialogs show you exactly how each effect and filter will appear when rendered. All effects and filter settings are saved automatically with each object.

    Lens effect objects

    Lens Effect ObjectsLens effect objects project or focus their effects in selected areas onto other objects, images or the background. Selectively create highlights or glows, apply filters to sharpen or blur images or create special effects like pixellate, motion blur or displacement mapping. Lens effect objects can focus on several objects or only on the objects you select. Just like all other objects in QFX, lens effect objects can have soft edges and variable transparency for subtle effects.

    Plug-in support

    Plug-insQFX supports a wide variety of plug-in filter, format, acquire, export, selection and color picker modules. Selection plug-ins create masks, alpha channel or Lassos automatically, depending on the type of plug-in. Color picker plug-ins can replace the QFX Color Palette with a custom color picker dialog. We have also added support for controlling scriptable plug-ins via the Queue. Some of the plug-ins we have tested include those from ULead (GIF, JPEG and PNG plugins), Live Picture (FlashPix), Adobe (Gallery Effects), MetaCreations (KPT 3 and KPT 5), Chroma Graphics (MagicMask, Chromatica), Andromeda, Alien Skin Software and Flaming Pear.

    Automatic kerning

    Auto KerningAutomatic kerning places text characters as close together as possible, without overlapping other characters. This improves the spacing between character pairs like 'V' and 'a' and creates more professional looking text automatically. Furthermore, we have added an option to control the amount of spacing between words.

    Layers toolbox

    Layers ToolboxThe QFX Layers toolbox features a tree view display that shows the complete object hierarchy, including the object type and name. Use drag-and-drop to rearrange objects and layers, move objects in and out of groups, and rearrange objects within groups or composite objects. Rename individual objects as well as layers. Select or deselect one or more objects by clicking in the Layers toolbox. Make layers invisible or protect them from being edited with a single mouse click.

    Object and Lasso Properties Dialog

    Object PropertiesUsing the Object and Lasso properties dialogs you can set the explicit size, scale, position, rotation and skew for Lassos and objects. Furthermore, for all Draw mode objects you can change the fill, edge and shadow characteristics from within the Object Properties dialog.

    Export Lassos and objects as Adobe Illustrator (.AI) files

    Export ObjectsQFX can export Draw mode objects or Paint mode Lassos as Adobe Illustrator AI format files. This makes it easy to exchange graphics created in QFX with programs like CorelDRAW™, Adobe Illustrator, 3D Studio MAX™ and other vector based programs.

    Align Lassos and Objects

    Align ObjectsThe Align feature lets you align Lassos or objects relative to each other or to the overall image canvas. Options include alignment by the left, center, right, top, middle or bottom of Lassos or objects and to align to the selection boundary.

    Distribute Lassos and Objects

    Distribute ObjectsThe Distribute feature offers various ways of distributing or spacing Lassos or objects. Lassos and objects can be aligned with equal spacing, even spacing or exact spacing, set in pixels, inches, millimeters or points.

    Lassos, objects and Text on a Path

    Objects on a PathThe Objects on a Path feature places Lassos or objects, including text, along the path of any curve or shape that you draw. Options are included for aligning the objects above, below or centered on the path as well as controls for setting the spacing and offset and maintaining the baseline of text.

    Select and drag multiple nodes

    Drag NodesEditing complex shapes is now easier than ever because you can select and drag multiple nodes at one time. Just hold down the SHIFT key and click several nodes or click and drag a box around several nodes. Click on any highlighted node and drag and all the other highlighted nodes follow along!

    Improved Interface for Creating Ramps

    RampsThe patch track interface in the Ramps Palette dialog makes it a snap to create complex linear and circular ramps (gradients). Drag and drop color patches into the track to add additional colors. Click and drag the patches in the track to move the colors and change the color spread. You can set the transparency for each patch in the track just by clicking a patch and adjusting the slider just above the track. When you save a palette in QFX all the ramps settings are saved also.