Choosing the best image editing software is complicated, not just because there are so many alternatives, but because they all do different things. It all depends on what you look for most in your photo editing software. Here are ten programs with ten different approaches.
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Verdict: 5 stars Lutify.me is a subscription-based LUTs package for both video and stills, which includes excellent downloadable LUTs and an online LUT previewer.
Verdict: 4.6 stars CameraBag Pro is an effects tool with a wide range of great-looking preset effects and useful manual adjustments too. Best of all, it works with video as well as stills.
Verdict: 4 stars: Pixelmator Pro is Mac only and has fairly lightweight photo editing features, but it’s very fast, unexpectedly clever, and blends in text, vector and paint tools to turn your photos into posters, illustrations and more.
Verdict: 4.3 stars: DxO PureRAW has one simple job. It takes your existing RAW files and pre-processes them as Linear DNGs with DxO’s raw processing, lens corrections and denoising already applied – but other programs still see them as RAW files.
This black and white image uses two beautiful things: a fabulous portrait shot by Albert Dera on Unsplash and one of ON1 Photo RAW’s excellent B&W Modern presets. Portrait images don’t always convert well to black and white, but this one works brilliantly, thanks in part to the perfect portrait lighting, the strong, symmetrical composition […]
Color is a complex thing. It doesn’t get its intensity solely from saturation, but also from contrast. This can include color contrast with colors on opposite sides of the color wheel, brightness contrast between bright and dark colors, and another type of contrast we can call ’saturation contrast’. This is where you contrast strongly saturated […]
It’s a topic that divides opinion to this day, and those who object to subscription software do so on principle while those who embrace it do it out of practicality. That’s two different sets of reasons. But anyhow, let’s just spell out the differences between these two means of payment for software, see how the […]
This is a great tool when you’re working with lenses that suffer from vignetting. Most modern lenses are pretty good in this respect and Capture One will usually have a lens profile that corrects vignetting and distortion and chromatic aberration at the same time. But if you’re working with older vintage lenses, or cheap lo-fi […]
The Replace Color filter is a new feature in ON1 Photo RAW 2021, though it will be a familiar option to many users of Photoshop and other programs. It does exactly what it says, allowing you to select a color in the image and replace it with another.