Photo editing softwares/programs provides you with great opportunities to polish your captured photos. And it feels exciting to be able to expand your creativity in post production. As we all know that with the help of photo editing software there are no limitations. Thanks to todays always involving technology!
There are a many photo editing software applications that you can use to reach desired results but the dilemma you usually come across is how will you know which one is the right software/program for you.
Mostly it depends on the complexity of your editing. Is it just basic color correction, crop, sharpness? Is it blemishes removal, background correction? Is it complete photo transformation?
If you are interested in software without limited editing, Adobe Creative Cloud products Photoshop and Lightroom are in my opinion the best photo editing programs ever. That’s what I use for my photos. To be honest I’m more of a fan of Lightroom because it’s a simpler version of a Photoshop for me. And since my photos mostly have organic backgrounds I don’t really need a pro level editing.
But let’s get a bit more into Adobe Creative Cloud products.
What You Need To Know About Adobe Creative Cloud?
Buying professional editing program can be really expensive but Adobe has a solution for it. Adobe Creative Cloud consists of a wide range of services that provide customers with access to large collection of softwares that can be used to create wonderful videos, graphic design, photography, web development and more.
Adobe programs can be purchased, downloaded, and installed directly to your computer. All you have to do is to choose a subscription that suits best your needs.
Adobe Creative Cloud comes with subscription service for individuals, businesses, schools, students & teachers. These services are grouped into four tiers which include:
Single App: This contains amazing features of creative cloud plus access for one of your chosen program/software (Photoshop, Premiere Pro, InDesign, etc.) with 100GB cloud storage for your projects.
Photography: (My Favorite!) Photoshop and Lightroom subscription package for only $9,99 a month!
All Apps: this is known to be one most exciting package for creatives that are interested in more then one creative direction. It contains entire collection of 20+ Adobe programs.
All App+ All Stock: this subscription has the addition of Adobe Stock for people that need stock images or videos.
Why Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Are the Best Photo Editing Programs?
Adobe Photoshop is a king in photo editing world. No program yet have reached it’s potential. Photoshop can carry out everything related to photo editing and beyond.
For a beginner, it will take quite a bit of time to learn and practice (best tutorials are found on YouTube) to master Photoshop but it’s definitely worth it!
Lightroom is a simpler version of a Photoshop. It has all main editing features and it’s easier to navigate then Photoshop.
The difference between them is that Lightroom edits are non-destructive, and cannot perform many complex functions that you can carry out in Photoshop such as doctoring, modifying individual video frames, rendering text or 3D objects on images. But it will certainly provide everything you need for for your main photo editing.
You can get more info or subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud here.
Other Free Programs You Can Use To Edit Pictures
If you feel like Adobe programs are not the best choice for you there are some free programs that you can use:
Get Paint: free photo editing software for windows operating system and it requires the Microsoft.NET Framework. Paint.net supports layers offering easy to use user interface and special effects.
Google Picasa: photo editing program that allows you to edit and organize your images. Basic features are correcting color, adjusting brightness, crop, tilt, pan, zoom, resize and more. It allows fixing red-eye issue, creating slideshows, uploading your photographs to a website, and burning them to CD.
Photo Plus: is a free image editing program that comes with layers. Photo plus enables you to enhance digital images create graphics and web animations.
Photo Filter: is an easy to use image retouching program. It offers standard adjustment tools such as brightness and contrast and artistic filters for creating graphics. This tool also offers Image browser and Plug-in management.
Since there are many free and paid professional photo editing programs, I would advise to do more research and read reviews before choosing the photo editing program that will work best for your needs.