Helicon Filter – Features

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Supports all common digital image formats including RAW and stereo

Straightening, cropping, and resizing

Auto image straightening You can draw a line along an area that should be straight, such as the horizon, for example, and the image will be rotated.
List of predefined proportions for your image When you want to change the proportions of your image, you can choose from a list of predefined proportions (typical for web and for different paper sizes) or you can set your own porportions.
Precise selection positioning You can set the coordinates of the portion you want to crop, measured in pixels from the left top corner.
Flexible resizing options

You can set the number of pixels (or mm, cm, or inches) on the sides of an image or you can resize the image by percent.

Brightness Adjustment

Automatic brightness adjustment The program analyzes your image and changes the brightness parameters. You simply choose the degree of correction: conservative, normal, aggresssive, or extreme.
Advanced manual brightness adjustment For advanced adjustments you can control many aspects of brightness. For example, you can increase or decrease contrast, exposure, and local contrast, and you can brighten or darken highlights and shadows.
Exposure warnings As you adjust brightness you can see which areas will become overexposed (shown in red) and underexposed (shown in blue).
Automatic contrast adjustment The program analyzes the image and adjusts the contrast. You just choose the degree of adjustment: conservative, normal, aggressive, or extreme.
Manual contrast adjustment You can set the "black point" and the "white point" to make the "blacks" more black and the "whites" more white.
Full and gradiental haze removal You can reduce haziness throughout an entire image or in the top (or bottom) of it only. Typically this is needed for landscape photos where the background is hazy but haze removal for the foreground makes the colors unnaturally bright.

Colors Adjustments

Automatic white balance adjustment Pick the grey or white point on an image and all the colors are adjusted automatically.
Changing the color's temperature You can make the colors warmer or colder by dragging the colors temperature slider.
Full control over white balance For full control over the hues in an image, you can drag the RGB sliders or select the desired hue on the color map.
Converting to monochrome You can convert your image to greyscale or sepia, and you can also choose any color you want and put the image into shades of this color.
Saturation adjustment You can increase / decrease saturation of all colors or choose one or more colors to saturate / desaturate.
Brightness adjustment for selected colors You can increase / decrease brightness for the selected colors only.

Noise reduction

Automatic noise reduction The program automatically detects the level of noise and removes it.
Noise reduction for selected colors You can choose which color(s) you wish to reduce the noise for. For example, you might want to reduce the noise in the sky but leave it in for the trees, to leave in more detail,.
Advanced noise reduction You can control several parameters of the noise reduction algorithm, such as the level of chromatic noise.


Sharpening fine details Makes an image less fuzzy by detecting and amplifying thin lines and fine details.
Sharpening edges Emphasizes all the edges by adding halos; you can change the brightness and width of the halo.
Sharpening selected colors You can choose to sharpen some colors and leave others alone. For example, you can sharpen everything except the faces (because why would you want to emphasize the wrinkles?).

Lens distortion correction

Barrel distortion correction This distortion typically occurs due to a wide-angle lens.
Horizontal / vertical distortions These distortions typically occur due to the position of the camera relative to the object of interest.
Correction of vignetting Vignetting is an optical problem that results in unnaturally dark corners in the image. It most often appears on wide-angle shots.

Entering Text on photos

Type effects You have a choice of: embossed paper effect, highlighted text, shadowed text, adding transparency, and rotating the text.
Special symbols and image metadata You can easily insert special symbols, such as '©,' and image metadata, such as the date and time when the image was taken or the aperture and camera model.

Picture frames

Solid color frame You can pick a color from the color palette or select it from the image with the eyedropper. You can also add a shadow effect or gradient transition from the image to the frame, etc.
Gradient color frame This is the same as a solid color frame, except that you choose two colors for the gradient.
Stretched and mirrored frames For these two frames, the original image is either mirrored or stretched and blurred. Frames such as these can be very appealing because they use the colors of the original image.
Third-party vector frames We offer a large number of free vector frames; you can change the colors for most of them.

Fixing Aberrations

Lateral CA Lateral CA is most often visible in contrasting areas on the sides and in the corners of images. It tends to make the image look as if the red and blue parts have shifted from or towards the center of the image.
Purple fringing This usually looks like a false purple contour.

Artistic Blur Effects

You can add different bokeh shapes, ranging from a puffy circle to a heart.


Real-time brush preview You can see the effect of the brush as you move it.
Color sensitivity You can make the brushes color sensitive, so that you only change areas with a similar color when you retouch an image.
Touch-up tool Removes scratches, blemishes, etc.
Cloning tool You can clone part(s) of an image and alter their transparency or you can change only the texture.
Change color brush You can replace one color with another with different transparency, preserving the original brightness.
Change brightness / saturation brushes You can change the brightness and saturation in the part(s) of the image you've selected.
Blur / sharpen brush You can blur / sharpen selected parts of the image.

Fix red eyes tool Just point to the "red eye" area to replace it with the appropriate color of your choice—grey, black, or brown.
Distortion brush This is one of the most useful tools for retouching faces; it lets you correct the shape of teeth, eyes, nose, etc.
Advanced selection tool You can select areas of the image with a similar color.


View EXIF EXIF information is stored with an image and includes information such as the time and date the photo was taken, resolution, shutter speed, etc.
GeoTagging You can save EXIF GPS information by pointing to the place on Panoramio map where the image was taken. If your camera automatically saves GPS data, you can browse for your images on the map.
Printing There is a printing utility.
Upload to Picasa, Facebook, and Flickr Helicon WebGate can upload images to the three most popular internet galleries and can store your credentials if you wish. With WebGate you can easily upload to all three galleries simply by switching accounts.
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Supported formats

  • Bitmaps (*.bmp)
  • JPEG (*.jpg, *.jpeg)
  • JPEG 2000 (*.jp2)
  • TIFF (*.tif, *.tiff)
  • Portable Network Graphics (*.png)
  • Graphics Interchange Format (*.gif), but no Animated GIFs
  • Adobe Photoshop (*.psd)
  • Digital NeGative (*.dng)


RAW formats

  • Minolta Raw (*.mrw)
  • Olympus Raw (*.orf)
  • Nikon NEF (*.nef)
  • Canon Raw (*.crw, *.cr2)
  • Sony Raw (.srf, *.sr2, *.arw)
  • Sony PMP (*.pmp)
  • Epson Raw (*.erf)
  • Panasonic RW2 (*.rw2)
  • Samsung Raw (*.srw)
  • FujiFilm RAF (*.raf)
  • Pentax *ist D PEF (*.pef)
  • Kodak PDC format (*.dcr)
  • Kodak KDC format (*.kdc)
  • Foveon X3F (*.x3f)
  • Leaf Valeo MOS (*.mos)

Stereo formats

  • Multi Picture Object (*.mpo)
  • JPEG Stereo (*.jps)
  • PNG Stereo (*.pns)