Pixel Gear Pro Pack Bundle misses the mark for output quality
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Pixel Gear Pro Pack Bundle misses the mark for output quality


By Daniel M. East

There’s vast array of correction tools available for Photoshop, and it’s important to learn which are effective and a good value before making a purchase. Unfortunately, the US$329 Pixel Gear Pro Pack Bundle by PSKiss (http://www.pskiss.com) misses the mark for output quality, and the lovely packaging and presentation by the developer only add to the disappointment.

The Pixel Gear Pro Pack includes PSKiss Edge Gear, S/H Tone Gear Pro, and Skin Gear Pro. Each of the Pixel Gear tools is effective, but the preview window, as a result of using Adobe Pixel Bender, is inaccurate and doesn’t properly represent the effect level in the output. Some test images required extreme levels of the effect to be effective. The panel launched from the Extensions under the Window menu shows a word clearly intended to be "tutorial" as "toturial."

While a common error in spelling, it further indicates that PSKiss needs more attention to making this product presentable. Clearly, the intentions are good here, but the products are not ready for the masses. The real issue is that you can do most of the tasks these products cover in Photoshop CS5.

By comparison, Kodak’s nearly 10-year-old ASF Plug-in technologies have a higher price and still outperform this new release for output quality, interface, and ease of use. Imagenomic’s Portraiture is at the top of the short list of newer skin-smoothing plug-ins, with an even higher price tag, but it delivers.

I hope that PSKiss presents new versions of their products that exceed expectations. There are some promising concepts in this soft­ware, but they will require more than good promotional materials and packaging if they hope to stand out from the rest.

Rating: 6 out of 10

(This review is brought to you courtesy of "Layers Magazine": http://layersmagazine.com/ .)

 
AAPL
$97.67
Apple Inc.
+0.64
GOOG
$589.02
Google Inc.
-4.33
MSFT
$44.50
Microsoft Corpora
+0.10
MacNews Search:
Community Search:

Latest Forum Discussions

See All
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

Reddme for iPhone - The Reddit Client (...
Reddme for iPhone - The Reddit Client 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: News Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Reddme for iPhone is an iOS 7-optimized Reddit client that offers a refreshing new way to experience Reddit on your iPhone. Sporting a gorgeous, intuitive design and packing more amazing features than we can... | Read more »
Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery : Ep...
Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery : Episode 2 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Jacob Jones is back in Episode 2 of one of Apples 'Best of 2013' games and an App Store Editors Choice.Following the events of Episode 1, Jacob and Biggie set off to the spooky Crackskull... | Read more »
New Trailer For Outcast Odyssey, A New K...
New Trailer For Outcast Odyssey, A New Kind of Card Battler Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 25th, 2014 [ permalink ] Out this Fall is a new kind of card battle game: Outcast Odyssey. | Read more »
Garfield: Survival of the Fattest Coming...
Garfield: Survival of the Fattest Coming to iOS this Fall Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 25th, 2014 [ permalink ] Who loves lasagna? Me. Also everyone’s favorite grumpy fat cat, Garfield. | Read more »
Happy Flock Review
Happy Flock Review By Andrew Fisher on July 25th, 2014 Our Rating: :: HERD IT ALL BEFOREUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Underneath the gloss of Happy Flock’s visuals is a game of very little substance. It’s cute, but not engaging.   | Read more »
Square Register Updates Adds Offline Pay...
Square Register Updates Adds Offline Payments Posted by Ellis Spice on July 25th, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Looking For Group – Hearthstone’s Curse...
For the first time since its release (which has thankfully been a much shorter window for iPad players than their PC counterparts), Blizzard’s wildly successful Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft CCG is sporting some brand new content: the single player “adventure” mode, Curse of Naxxramas. | Read more »
Poptile Review
Poptile Review By Jennifer Allen on July 25th, 2014 Our Rating: :: SIMPLY FUNUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Simple yet a little bit glorious, Poptile is a satisfying entertaining puzzle game with oodles of the ‘one more go’ factor.   | Read more »
Modern Combat 5: Blackout Review
Modern Combat 5: Blackout Review By Brittany Vincent on July 25th, 2014 Our Rating: :: LESS QQ, MORE PEW PEWUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad The fifth entry into the blockbuster Modern Combat series is what mobile shooters should aspire to.   | Read more »
Watch and Share Mobile Gameplay Videos W...
Watch and Share Mobile Gameplay Videos With Kamcord Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 25th, 2014 [ permalink ] iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.