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Ramp Up Your Photo-Editing Game with these Software!

21 August 2017 | Jonathan So

Whether you want to adjust the brightness of your photos, making yourself look 5kg slimmer than you are in real life, or removing that annoying photobomber, you can do all that (and more!) with photo-editing software!

Seeing is sometimes not believing. Many photos that you see online nowadays have undergone some extent of editing. Some are just minor edits while others had hours of post-shooting amendments done on them. Regardless of whether they are minor or major edits, a reliable photo-editing software is needed to provide the best effects.

The software mentioned below are easy to use and can be utilised by professionals as well as individuals who are just learning how to edit photos. There are also multiple tutorials online and on YouTube to guide you on how to use some of the functions if you are unsure.

Below are some recommended photo-editing programs and apps for you:

Adobe Photoshop

If you have edited a photo before, it is highly likely that you have heard of “Photoshop”. In fact, some individuals have replaced the word ‘edit’ to ‘Photoshop’ (e.g. Help me photoshop that image please by 5pm today!).

Adobe Photoshop is one of the most used image-editing software in the world. From novices to professionals, Adobe Photoshop is at the core of almost every creative project. With the Adobe Photoshop, you can work across desktop and mobile devices to create and enhance photographs, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, and more. The software provides functions such as combining multiple images, removing unwanted objects and parts, adding text to images, and retouching photos, using a complete set of professional photography tools. Its easy-to-use yet its extensive set of tools also enable beginners to design projects such as banners, flyers, brochures, and more.

Besides Photoshop, Adobe also provides other editing programs such as Illustrator (vector graphics and illustration), Lightroom (digital photo processing and editing), and InDesign (page design and layout). These desktop applications and many others are made into a single package – Adobe Creative Suite for consumers to purchase. Available for PCs and Macs, these apps have a gentle learning curve for novices.

Corel Paintshop Pro

If you are a novice, then you can also try out Corel Paintshop Pro for starters. Easy-to-use for hassle-free editing, this software is simple enough for casual users yet is still capable of handling the demands of most hobby photographers, creative consumers, and business users. The only downside is that it is a Windows-only software.

Affinity Photo

Offering powerful tools, resolution-independent editing, RAW processing and many other features that most professional photographers will need and want in a single software, Affinity Photo is a value-for-money software that you can consider. Although the learning curve is steeper than most, you are able to gain access to many features such as exposure controls, paintbrushes, layers, and more.

What’s the point of having a photo-editing software if you do not have something to edit, right? Check out some of these cameras to capture your precious moments.

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