Serif has unveiled a new version of its photo editing suite, PhotoPlus X5, which features improvements to photo organisation and a host of new tools.

The photo editing software benefits from an improved photo library, known as PhotoPlus Organise that offer features such as Image Stacks, which groups similar pictures together and Smart Albums that automatically adds new images to a collection, while a Metdata tab in the library means the data about the images is easily viewable.

The new edition of the PhotoPlus, which features improvements to the core engine making blending and changes to blend modes "virtually instant" according to Serif, also comes with a Vibrance Adjustment tool that lets users brighten images without losing natural skin tones and a Clarity filter to improve the sharpness of pictures.

The Clip to Layer tools means users can clip any effect to the layer below and the software also comes with a number of new blend modes.

"One of the many things that make PhotoPlus X5 so accessible is the organiser," says Gary Bates, managing director at Serif.

"It allows users to easily and quickly import photos from a variety of sources and arrange them into logical albums, saving them time and increasing their productivity. And as we know that photographers often want to showcase their work in a stylish way, they can now do that easily with Photo Projects, included with PhotoPlus X5."

Serif PhotoPlus X5 is available to download now from Serif priced at £71.48. An upgrade option for existing users is also available. Contact Serif for pricing information.