Corel’s PhotoMirage software will arm you with easy-to-use animation tools and allow you to create eye-catching moving images. ‘Beautifully animated, simply uncomplicated’ is how the software developer describes the product which operates on Windows and has already collected rave reviews.
Essentially PhotoMirage will enable you to transform any image into an animation in just three relatively simple steps – animate, isolate and preview. The creators say that the software is integral to creating standout photo animations which will “engage, inspire and transfix”.
It is great for users who want to boost social engagement and get big results on the web, or those who simply want some photography fun. Corel say the animations created convey emotions more effectively, attract more views on social media and hold attention for longer.
Key features include:
- Professional-looking photo animations in minutes
- Share to social media, email or web
- Support for popular photo and video formats
- Easy to use
PhotoMirage promises to help you ‘break through the visual clutter’ and create ‘scroll-stopping’ photo animations which can be shared across a variety of platforms. It claims that it will get you, and your online presence, noticed in a new way, by using the hypnotic appeal of photo animation.
You can crop, mask and enhance your image before you add the movement. Then you can experiment, refine and perfect the artwork until you have a seamless looping animation. It all works by the user clicking, dragging and dropping Motion Arrows in the direction that they want their image to move in. You can also plot Anchor Points around areas you wish to stay still and adjust the desired speed.
Worried about picking up the hacks? There is no need to be, as soon as you launch your application for the first time you will be instantly greeted by a welcome guide with tutorial videos. You can then set about moving your images ‘from static to stunning’.
Overall, Corel’s PhotoMirage is a very impressive piece of kit. It will offer your website, blog or social media account something different and eye-catching, there’s no doubt about that. It is also relatively straight forward to use and the supplied tutorials will allow you to become a master in no time.