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Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
Feb 13, 2014
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Helicon Filter Review

Fernando Ortega
A photo editing suite for photography hobbyists and professionals
A review of Helicon Filter by Fernando Ortega

Helicon Filter 5 is a photo editing software for digital photographers. It offers an easy and intuitive interface, contextual help and live preview feature, the help beginners with an easy start in photo editing.

The program was designed in such a way to take the user step by step, through all the post processing stages of photo editing. First there is the folder browser that will allow basic operations such as rotate, copy, delete, move and such. From here on, a photo is selected and the editing part starts.

The first operation is retouching. It offers popular paper sizes and monitor resolutions or proportional selection tools. It also supports batch crop or resize, and allows for images to be rotated (to straighten them out). Next are the brightness settings; these feature contrast, gamma, exposure, gradient haze compensation, brightness equalizer/curve, brightness in highlights, shadows and others.

Helicon Filter offers various tools and controls for adjusting the colors, such as one-click white color balance tool, color map and RGB sliders, memory colors list, saturation for bright and dull colors, spectral sensitivity controls and others.

The noise and sharpening steps allow to auto detect noise level and selective noise reduction in highlights and shadows, fine details extraction, edge sharpening, white halo control and others. There are also various tools for correcting lens distortion such as vignetting correction, perspective correction, skewing, bending, squeezing, stretching and others.

There are also several tools for photo retouching and correcting, mainly brushes, such as delete scratches brush, clone brush, blur/sharpen brush, fix red eye brush, distort brush and others. All these brushes can be edge-sensitive and support undo and redo.

Other features of this software include adding frames (blurred or black and white as frame texture), multiprocessor support, batch processing, user settings support, 16 bit precision image processing, etc.

The software has an evaluation period of 30 days when the software is fully functional. After this period ends, the program will switch to free mode with limited functionality.


Helicon Filter can apply special effects to a picture, view EXIF data, optimize graphics and batch process images.

Helicon Filter features and highlights:
  • Support for all popular file types including all RAW
  • Fast folder browser
  • Lossless rotate, copy, delete, move operations
  • Template-based rename
  • Full EXIF and IPTC information
  • Support of color profiles
  • Noise level auto detection
  • Selective noise reduction in highlights and shadows, in defined hue, in color range
  • Gradient haze compensation
  • Brightness equalizer/curve
  • Brightness in Highlights, Shadows
  • Contrast, Gamma, Exposure
  • Local contrast

Helicon Filter is licensed as Shareware for the Windows operating system / platform from graphics editors and can be used as a free trial until the trial period ends (after 30 days). The Helicon Filter 5.2.7 demo is available to all software users as a free download with potential restrictions and is not necessarily the download of the full version.

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  • Major release: Helicon Filter 5.2
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Compatibility with this software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version of Helicon Filter may be available from Helicon Co.

Helicon Filter has been picked by our editors as very good.
Helicon Filter has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested Helicon Filter 5.2.7 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]

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