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Cyberlink Photo Director 2024 Ultra review: Easy image editing

Cyberlink Photo Director 2024 UltraImage: Cyberlink

At a glance

Expert’s Rating


Good image management and search functionsIntuitive and extensive editing optionsImproved beauty retouching


AI function “text to image” and access to stock media only available in the subscription version

Our Verdict

The new Photo Director 2024 is an easy to use photo package with many powerful functions.

RetailerPriceCyberlink$99.99View DealPrice comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwideProductPricePrice comparison from Backmarket

The Photo Director 2024 version of Cyberlink offers an easy to use package with loads of powerful functions. This program allows the loading of individual images, series, and complete directories. Keyword assignment also helps the user to find specific motifs. This option can even be combined with ratings and color markings. Face recognition for quickly finding people rounds off the search. It’s the kind of program that appeals to both amateurs and professionals alike. Let’s get into it.

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The Cyberlink software offers many editing functions. The automatic function supports optimization at the click of a mouse. This provides the user with a simple tool for customized adjustments by changing values using a slider.

The tool set in the new Photo Director is also broadly based. These include the standards such as brightness, contrast, colors, partial toning, and the removal of haze or fog.

Special tools for changing the camera focus and inserting lights or a bokeh look are further options. Animated effects, graphic elements, and text are also available. For example, banners can be designed for the Internet and exported as GIFs or videos.

Image montage is possible via layers in combination with masking or layers for customization. This creates extensive compositions and allows you to combine different elements. In expert mode, pro techniques such as “dodge and burn” can be used to manually lighten or darken image areas.

Intuitive tools for removing problem areas are available in the face retouching area. The brush tips can be used to quickly erase spots, blemishes or wrinkles on the skin. Automatic skin smoothing or changing the skin tone are welcome helpers when editing. There is also an editor for customizing facial areas such as the nose, lips or eyes. And with the “Body Shaping” tool, excess pounds disappear.

The 2024 version of the program uses artificial intelligence (AI) in many areas and uses the technology to support the creative editing of photos. This also includes removing distracting objects or people. Other options include replacing the background, flexibly creating artificial depth of field, reducing existing noise or sharpening the images. All these tasks are performed by the integrated AI functions.

The quality when cropping people or objects depends on the subject. Photo Director recognizes clear lines very well, but the program has difficulties with fine details such as hair or branches. In such situations, it is advisable to edit manually using masking.

The Cyberlink software is available to purchase as a standalone or as an ongoing subscription. Additional functions such as the “Text to image” AI tool are only available with a subscription. This allows images and other elements for graphic design to be created using artificial intelligence.

The 365 subscription version allows AI editing of portrait photo like making a social media avatar. Numerous presets help with this, as you can quickly create a stylized image. Subscribers also receive all current updates and have access to a constantly growing graphics library including stock photos from “Getty Images” for their own projects.

The intuitive operation of Photo Director 2024 allows a wide range of users to quickly get started with photo editing. However, professionals also have powerful functions at their disposal.

This review was translated from German to English and originally appeared on

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