Give your images Cool Photo Effects in Windows 8

Whenever we snap a picture, most of the time we would like it give it a cool shade to make it look better. In the old days, we had a popular name in our mind for photo editing, and that was the Adobe Photoshop. Though still a great photo editing software, not many could use it due toexpertise it required.

However, if you like to give a different touch or add special effects to your images, then there are many alternatives possible. Recently, we just came around the Cool Photo Effects app for Windows 8.1. We tried it; found it great and are therefore sharing it with our readers.

As the name suggests, Cool Photo Effects is quite capable to reproduce a variety of effects to your photos. The app claims to have 300 creative yet original effects. We tested this app on our Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit and app worked nicely. Lets see what this app is offering us!

Cool Photo Effects app for Windows 8

The first and foremost thing about this app is that it only gives effects to the image, and allows saving image at the original resolution. So here you won’t get options like crop, rotate, adding text, magic wand, etc. The app comes with built-in effects, and all you need to do is to select an image and then click the effect and its style, finally click Apply Effect button and you’re done; simple! Isn’t it? We found some great effects here.

The filters include:

  1. Black and White
  2. Bi-Color Effect
  3. Blending Effect
  4. Cinema
  5. Color Effect
  6.  Cross Processing
  7. Ink Effect
  8. Light Effect
  9. Old Film
  10. Photo Effect
  11. Sepia
  12. Textures and Scratches
  13. Vignette, etc.

Here’s how you can enhance a photo. To begin, select a photo from the gallery. Then pick the effect you want to apply and the application shows thumbnail images with many variations of the chosen filter. Select the variant you like and click Apply Effect. Enhanced photos are saved at original resolution.

The Color Effect allows you to have different color shades (in the right hand side) dispersed on your image.


If you use the Texture and Scratches effect, it would give you the feel of getting your image old with glass frame over it.


The Sepia and Tint effects lets you to make further classical image in addition toprevious effect.


One more effect we found interesting was the Light Effect – it simply created a fashionable effect and you will like it if you like to give a modern touch to your photographs.


The Refresh button at the bottom allows you to restoreoriginal image instantly.

You can download Cool Photo Effects app here.  The app is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows editions. Do note that it is not free. The app is available at the cost of $2.99, however you can try it free for a day.

UPDATE: Also check out Fotor Image Editing App.

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  1. Hadrian Embalsado


  2. Seath

    I like Fotor better. It has more control over the photos and some nice effects. And its free 🙂

  3. ^^ Thanks for letting us know, will be helpful to others 🙂

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