Photo Editing Software Info

Photo editors allow you to create and modify bitmap-based graphics and photographic images. This includes tasks such as painting and drawing, color correction, photo enhancement, creating special effects, image conversion, as well as adding text and shapes to graphics. Your image editor should be flexible and intuitive because it will be your most powerful photo project tool. There are many programs available for beginners, to advanced photo editors. But unless they can perform all the tasks above to a certain degree of satisfaction, they should only be considered a companion to your main photo editing application.

Free Photo Editors

If you just starting out with photo editing or your thinking of, then I would suggest first testing out free or inexpensive photo editors to get familiar with the functions. This will also help determine if you will be further interested in other software. These programs are usually shareware or freeware and they’re generally not available in retail software stores. Although shareware and freeware is sometimes not as stable or widely used as retail software, it is often very full-featured and cheap if not free.

Beginner Editors

These photo editors offer core image editing features with an emphasis on ease of use. They often include helpful wizards to walk users through common tasks, and they should include tutorials or handy on-screen tips for getting started. In addition the user interface will be very basic, straightforward and clean. Many also come pre-loaded with one-click presets or professionally-designed templates to assist novice users in achieving polished results right away. Unfortunately, many of the editors designed for beginners sacrifice features for ease of use, reducing the programs overall flexibility. This may result in frustrated users, after they have progressed beyond the initial learning stages and wish to go further with there software only to find they are limited.

Advanced Editors

These photo editors offer the core image editing features along with additional high-end capabilities for professionals. Professional photographers, graphic designers, desktop publishers, Web developers, digital artists, and small business users all need to work with an image editor at some point. Photo editors for professionals or buisnesses will require stability, flexibility, high end features, and should allow for a streamlined workflow among other features. For business who are short on time, or on qualified employees, automated capabilities can be a huge bonus. Although they may increase the initial program price they can save valuable time and money in the long run.

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