CyberLink PhotoDirector is a kind of sleeper in the Mac Pantheon of desktop editors. It competes with Apple Photos, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Pixelmator, Luminar and other consumer image makers. CyberLink is mostly associated with Windows, and PhotoDirector is the only cross platform element in the company's package of multimedia prosumer apps.
Like many CyberLink Windows apps, PhotoDirector 10 has its own brand of sizzle that may turn out to appeal to Mac users, especially those who are interested in turning their photos into works of art.
The latest version of PhotoDirector offers several new layer features, keystone correction, content-conscious clone, the ability to separate imported GIFs into individual frames for multi-exposure or multisense images and artificial intelligence-based tricks, as well as tethered shooting, soft proofing, mal packages and a new calendar view. It's in addition to fun and advanced features from earlier versions, such as 360-degree image processing, movie creation, multi-exposure, face and body researchers, video-to-image swapping, and more.
The PhotoDirector 10 Ultra also contains 25GB of space on CyberLink Cloud, allowing you to save, access and work with your photos wherever you want.  The art of presetting
One-click presets provide user-friendly creative variations to your photos, so you automatically choose between HDR, monochrome and split look, and styles designed specifically for portraits and nd landscapes.
PhotoDirector 10 comes with a set of built-in presets, but tons of more presets are available for individual download from the company's DirectorZone website, and you can create your own presets. While you can not adjust the presets from the preset panel, you can switch to manual route, containing the necessary controls.
Everyone remembers Prisma. It was part of a wave of server-based AI apps as fascinated viewers by transforming images into specific and recognizable artistic styles. The concept lives to see another day in PhotoDirector 10.
As Prisma, CyberLink uses the AI Style Plugin Deep Learning to produce brush strokes and hues of artistic styles that change images at pixel level as opposed to using external filters. CyberLinks AI style packages for PhotoDirector are mostly paid add-ons that require separate downloads and licenses, but there are a number of free samples built into the program.
Tethered shooting and soft proofing
Tethered shooting is a convenient studio technique that lets you attach the camera to your computer while shooting, so you can adjust shutter speed, aperture, white balance, ISO, and close the shutter. I was able to connect my camera to the app and see that controls change dynamically on real-time camera reading when I changed them on screen, but I could not get visual preview to appear on screen before image.  It was disappointing, but the reason was that the feature was developed using the camera company's SDK, which does not enable a live screenshot preview in the app. Furthermore, this feature only works with some Nikon and Canon cameras. If you look forward to using this feature, make sure your camera is supported through the list CyberLink has published.
Soft proofing lets you view simulated print output on your screen and contains a color alert color detection warning message before you start wasting ink. While I was able to access the program's embedded color profile, my own printer failed to appear as a profile I could choose, even though it appeared in the regular printer dialog.
Adobe popularized content awareness with its Photoshop and Photoshop Elements algorithms, while Pixelmator and others also offer this easy way to remove unwanted objects from a scene without compromising the integrity of your image.
With PhotoDirector, you can now copy or move objects or people within images. I found this feature hit or miss, with tougher background fills less accurately than easier. I've also found the performance in these operations a bit slow on my MacBook Air latest MacOS.
New Layers Features
Lag Editor with Express Layer Templates provides the flexibility to create unique compositions by combining images, text and graphics with mixer modes and masks. PhotoDirector 10 provides built-in layer-based setup for consumer-oriented web pages, framed photos, greeting cards and memes. Special effects like grunge, light leak, scratches and lens fly give family photographers tools to create unique compositions for special occasions.