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Best Photo Editing Software for 2022

Photo editing software helps you change photographs you’ve taken and fix old snaps that are damaged or marked. You can easily perform simple edits like brightening or cropping photos. And you carry out advanced alterations too - like changing colors, ‘airbrushing’ out elements – or even combining images creatively.

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What to look for

Jargon explained

Photo editing software comparison chart for 2022

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Cyberlink PhotoDirector 13
Corel PaintShop Pro 2022
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2022
DxO PhotoLab 5
Photo Explosion Deluxe 5
Movavi Picverse Photo Editor
NCH PhotoPad
Pixelmator Pro 2.4
Excellent
Five stars means excellent
Very good
Four stars means very good
Good
Three stars means good
Average
Two stars means average /
Poor
One star means poor
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Ratings
Overall
cyberlink photodirector 13 has a rating of five  overall corel paintshop pro 2022 has a rating of five  overall adobe photoshop elements 2022 has a rating of five  overall dxo photolab 5 has a rating of four  overall photo explosion deluxe 5 has a rating of four  overall movavi picverse photo editor has a rating of four  overall nch photopad has a rating of three  overall pixelmator pro 2.4 has a rating of four  overall
Setup
cyberlink photodirector 13 has a rating of five for setup corel paintshop pro 2022 has a rating of five for setup adobe photoshop elements 2022 has a rating of five for setup dxo photolab 5 has a rating of four for setup photo explosion deluxe 5 has a rating of four for setup movavi picverse photo editor has a rating of three for setup nch photopad has a rating of three for setup pixelmator pro 2.4 has a rating of four for setup
Importing
cyberlink photodirector 13 has a rating of five for importing corel paintshop pro 2022 has a rating of five for importing adobe photoshop elements 2022 has a rating of five for importing dxo photolab 5 has a rating of four for importing photo explosion deluxe 5 has a rating of four for importing movavi picverse photo editor has a rating of three for importing nch photopad has a rating of three for importing pixelmator pro 2.4 has a rating of four for importing
Photo editing
cyberlink photodirector 13 has a rating of five for photo editing corel paintshop pro 2022 has a rating of five for photo editing adobe photoshop elements 2022 has a rating of five for photo editing dxo photolab 5 has a rating of five for photo editing photo explosion deluxe 5 has a rating of four for photo editing movavi picverse photo editor has a rating of three for photo editing nch photopad has a rating of three for photo editing pixelmator pro 2.4 has a rating of five for photo editing
Features
cyberlink photodirector 13 has a rating of five for features corel paintshop pro 2022 has a rating of five for features adobe photoshop elements 2022 has a rating of five for features dxo photolab 5 has a rating of five for features photo explosion deluxe 5 has a rating of four for features movavi picverse photo editor has a rating of three for features nch photopad has a rating of three for features pixelmator pro 2.4 has a rating of four for features
Organizing
cyberlink photodirector 13 has a rating of five for organizing corel paintshop pro 2022 has a rating of five for organizing adobe photoshop elements 2022 has a rating of five for organizing dxo photolab 5 has a rating of four for organizing photo explosion deluxe 5 has a rating of four for organizing movavi picverse photo editor has a rating of three for organizing nch photopad has a rating of three for organizing pixelmator pro 2.4 has a rating of four for organizing
Sharing
cyberlink photodirector 13 has a rating of five for sharing corel paintshop pro 2022 has a rating of five for sharing adobe photoshop elements 2022 has a rating of five for sharing dxo photolab 5 has a rating of four for sharing photo explosion deluxe 5 has a rating of four for sharing movavi picverse photo editor has a rating of three for sharing nch photopad has a rating of three for sharing pixelmator pro 2.4 has a rating of four for sharing
Ease of use
cyberlink photodirector 13 has a rating of five for ease of use corel paintshop pro 2022 has a rating of five for ease of use adobe photoshop elements 2022 has a rating of five for ease of use dxo photolab 5 has a rating of four for ease of use photo explosion deluxe 5 has a rating of four for ease of use movavi picverse photo editor has a rating of three for ease of use nch photopad has a rating of two for ease of use pixelmator pro 2.4 has a rating of five for ease of use
Help & support
cyberlink photodirector 13 has a rating of five for help & support corel paintshop pro 2022 has a rating of five for help & support adobe photoshop elements 2022 has a rating of five for help & support dxo photolab 5 has a rating of five for help & support photo explosion deluxe 5 has a rating of four for help & support movavi picverse photo editor has a rating of three for help & support nch photopad has a rating of three for help & support pixelmator pro 2.4 has a rating of four for help & support
Photo editing tools
Auto straightening
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes auto straightening corel paintshop pro 2022 includes auto straightening adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes auto straightening dxo photolab 5 includes auto straightening photo explosion deluxe 5 includes auto straightening movavi picverse photo editor does not include auto straightening nch photopad does not include auto straightening pixelmator pro 2.4 includes auto straightening
Cloning tool
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes cloning tool corel paintshop pro 2022 includes cloning tool adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes cloning tool dxo photolab 5 includes cloning tool photo explosion deluxe 5 includes cloning tool movavi picverse photo editor includes cloning tool nch photopad includes cloning tool pixelmator pro 2.4 includes cloning tool
Convert to grayscale
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes convert to grayscale corel paintshop pro 2022 includes convert to grayscale adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes convert to grayscale dxo photolab 5 includes convert to grayscale photo explosion deluxe 5 does not include convert to grayscale movavi picverse photo editor includes convert to grayscale nch photopad includes convert to grayscale pixelmator pro 2.4 includes convert to grayscale
Layers
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes layers corel paintshop pro 2022 includes layers adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes layers dxo photolab 5 includes layers photo explosion deluxe 5 includes layers movavi picverse photo editor includes layers nch photopad includes layers pixelmator pro 2.4 includes layers
Layer opacity
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes layer opacity corel paintshop pro 2022 includes layer opacity adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes layer opacity dxo photolab 5 includes layer opacity photo explosion deluxe 5 does not include layer opacity movavi picverse photo editor includes layer opacity nch photopad includes layer opacity pixelmator pro 2.4 includes layer opacity
Layer masks
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes layer masks corel paintshop pro 2022 includes layer masks adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes layer masks dxo photolab 5 includes layer masks photo explosion deluxe 5 does not include layer masks movavi picverse photo editor includes layer masks nch photopad includes layer masks pixelmator pro 2.4 includes layer masks
Lens distortion correction
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes lens distortion correction corel paintshop pro 2022 includes lens distortion correction adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes lens distortion correction dxo photolab 5 includes lens distortion correction photo explosion deluxe 5 includes lens distortion correction movavi picverse photo editor includes lens distortion correction nch photopad includes lens distortion correction pixelmator pro 2.4 includes lens distortion correction
Photo fix wizard
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes photo fix wizard corel paintshop pro 2022 includes photo fix wizard adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes photo fix wizard dxo photolab 5 includes photo fix wizard photo explosion deluxe 5 includes photo fix wizard movavi picverse photo editor includes photo fix wizard nch photopad includes photo fix wizard pixelmator pro 2.4 includes photo fix wizard
Red eye removal
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes red eye removal corel paintshop pro 2022 includes red eye removal adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes red eye removal dxo photolab 5 includes red eye removal photo explosion deluxe 5 includes red eye removal movavi picverse photo editor includes red eye removal nch photopad includes red eye removal pixelmator pro 2.4 includes red eye removal
Rotate, resize, flip & crop
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes rotate, resize, flip & crop corel paintshop pro 2022 includes rotate, resize, flip & crop adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes rotate, resize, flip & crop dxo photolab 5 includes rotate, resize, flip & crop photo explosion deluxe 5 includes rotate, resize, flip & crop movavi picverse photo editor includes rotate, resize, flip & crop nch photopad includes rotate, resize, flip & crop pixelmator pro 2.4 includes rotate, resize, flip & crop
Scratch removal
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes scratch removal corel paintshop pro 2022 includes scratch removal adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes scratch removal dxo photolab 5 includes scratch removal photo explosion deluxe 5 includes scratch removal movavi picverse photo editor includes scratch removal nch photopad includes scratch removal pixelmator pro 2.4 includes scratch removal
Shadow adjustment
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes shadow adjustment corel paintshop pro 2022 includes shadow adjustment adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes shadow adjustment dxo photolab 5 includes shadow adjustment photo explosion deluxe 5 does not include shadow adjustment movavi picverse photo editor includes shadow adjustment nch photopad includes shadow adjustment pixelmator pro 2.4 includes shadow adjustment
Text effects
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes text effects corel paintshop pro 2022 includes text effects adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes text effects dxo photolab 5 includes text effects photo explosion deluxe 5 includes text effects movavi picverse photo editor does not include text effects nch photopad includes text effects pixelmator pro 2.4 includes text effects
Features
Batch processing
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes batch processing corel paintshop pro 2022 includes batch processing adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes batch processing dxo photolab 5 includes batch processing photo explosion deluxe 5 includes batch processing movavi picverse photo editor includes batch processing nch photopad includes batch processing pixelmator pro 2.4 includes batch processing
Panoramas
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes panoramas corel paintshop pro 2022 includes panoramas adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes panoramas dxo photolab 5 includes panoramas photo explosion deluxe 5 includes panoramas movavi picverse photo editor includes panoramas nch photopad includes panoramas pixelmator pro 2.4 does not include panoramas
Picture frames
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes picture frames corel paintshop pro 2022 includes picture frames adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes picture frames dxo photolab 5 includes picture frames photo explosion deluxe 5 does not include picture frames movavi picverse photo editor includes picture frames nch photopad includes picture frames pixelmator pro 2.4 does not include picture frames
Plugins
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes plugins corel paintshop pro 2022 includes plugins adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes plugins dxo photolab 5 includes plugins photo explosion deluxe 5 does not include plugins movavi picverse photo editor includes plugins nch photopad includes plugins pixelmator pro 2.4 includes plugins
Templates
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes templates corel paintshop pro 2022 includes templates adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes templates dxo photolab 5 includes templates photo explosion deluxe 5 does not include templates movavi picverse photo editor includes templates nch photopad includes templates pixelmator pro 2.4 does not include templates
Importing
Digital camera
cyberlink photodirector 13 imports from digital camera corel paintshop pro 2022 imports from digital camera adobe photoshop elements 2022 imports from digital camera dxo photolab 5 imports from digital camera photo explosion deluxe 5 imports from digital camera movavi picverse photo editor imports from digital camera nch photopad imports from digital camera pixelmator pro 2.4 imports from digital camera
Removable media
cyberlink photodirector 13 imports from removable media corel paintshop pro 2022 imports from removable media adobe photoshop elements 2022 imports from removable media dxo photolab 5 imports from removable media photo explosion deluxe 5 imports from removable media movavi picverse photo editor imports from removable media nch photopad imports from removable media pixelmator pro 2.4 imports from removable media
Scanner
cyberlink photodirector 13 imports from scanner corel paintshop pro 2022 imports from scanner adobe photoshop elements 2022 imports from scanner dxo photolab 5 imports from scanner photo explosion deluxe 5 imports from scanner movavi picverse photo editor imports from scanner nch photopad imports from scanner pixelmator pro 2.4 imports from scanner
Screen capture
cyberlink photodirector 13 imports from screen capture corel paintshop pro 2022 imports from screen capture adobe photoshop elements 2022 imports from screen capture dxo photolab 5 imports from screen capture photo explosion deluxe 5 does not import from screen capture movavi picverse photo editor imports from screen capture nch photopad imports from screen capture pixelmator pro 2.4 imports from screen capture
Smartphone
cyberlink photodirector 13 imports from smartphone corel paintshop pro 2022 imports from smartphone adobe photoshop elements 2022 imports from smartphone dxo photolab 5 does not import from smartphone photo explosion deluxe 5 imports from smartphone movavi picverse photo editor imports from smartphone nch photopad imports from smartphone pixelmator pro 2.4 imports from smartphone
Video
cyberlink photodirector 13 imports from video corel paintshop pro 2022 imports from video adobe photoshop elements 2022 imports from video dxo photolab 5 does not import from video photo explosion deluxe 5 imports from video movavi picverse photo editor imports from video nch photopad does not import from video pixelmator pro 2.4 imports from video
Exporting
JPG, GIFs
cyberlink photodirector 13 exports jpg, gifs corel paintshop pro 2022 exports jpg, gifs adobe photoshop elements 2022 exports jpg, gifs dxo photolab 5 exports jpg, gifs photo explosion deluxe 5 exports jpg, gifs movavi picverse photo editor exports jpg, gifs nch photopad exports jpg, gifs pixelmator pro 2.4 exports jpg, gifs
Animated GIFs
cyberlink photodirector 13 exports animated gifs corel paintshop pro 2022 exports animated gifs adobe photoshop elements 2022 exports animated gifs dxo photolab 5 exports animated gifs photo explosion deluxe 5 exports animated gifs movavi picverse photo editor exports animated gifs nch photopad exports animated gifs pixelmator pro 2.4 does not export animated gifs
HTML
cyberlink photodirector 13 exports html corel paintshop pro 2022 exports html adobe photoshop elements 2022 exports html dxo photolab 5 exports html photo explosion deluxe 5 does not export html movavi picverse photo editor exports html nch photopad exports html pixelmator pro 2.4 exports html
PDF
cyberlink photodirector 13 exports pdf corel paintshop pro 2022 does not export pdf adobe photoshop elements 2022 exports pdf dxo photolab 5 exports pdf photo explosion deluxe 5 does not export pdf movavi picverse photo editor exports pdf nch photopad exports pdf pixelmator pro 2.4 exports pdf
Sharing
Printing
cyberlink photodirector 13 shares to printing corel paintshop pro 2022 shares to printing adobe photoshop elements 2022 shares to printing dxo photolab 5 shares to printing photo explosion deluxe 5 shares to printing movavi picverse photo editor shares to printing nch photopad shares to printing pixelmator pro 2.4 shares to printing
Online
cyberlink photodirector 13 shares to online corel paintshop pro 2022 shares to online adobe photoshop elements 2022 shares to online dxo photolab 5 shares to online photo explosion deluxe 5 does not share to online movavi picverse photo editor does not share to online nch photopad shares to online pixelmator pro 2.4 does not share to online
Email
cyberlink photodirector 13 shares to email corel paintshop pro 2022 shares to email adobe photoshop elements 2022 shares to email dxo photolab 5 shares to email photo explosion deluxe 5 shares to email movavi picverse photo editor shares to email nch photopad shares to email pixelmator pro 2.4 shares to email
CD/DVD
cyberlink photodirector 13 shares to cd/dvd corel paintshop pro 2022 shares to cd/dvd adobe photoshop elements 2022 shares to cd/dvd dxo photolab 5 does not share to cd/dvd photo explosion deluxe 5 does not share to cd/dvd movavi picverse photo editor shares to cd/dvd nch photopad shares to cd/dvd pixelmator pro 2.4 shares to cd/dvd
Screensavers
cyberlink photodirector 13 shares to screensavers corel paintshop pro 2022 does not share to screensavers adobe photoshop elements 2022 does not share to screensavers dxo photolab 5 does not share to screensavers photo explosion deluxe 5 does not share to screensavers movavi picverse photo editor shares to screensavers nch photopad shares to screensavers pixelmator pro 2.4 does not share to screensavers
Smartphones
cyberlink photodirector 13 shares to smartphones corel paintshop pro 2022 shares to smartphones adobe photoshop elements 2022 shares to smartphones dxo photolab 5 shares to smartphones photo explosion deluxe 5 shares to smartphones movavi picverse photo editor shares to smartphones nch photopad shares to smartphones pixelmator pro 2.4 does not share to smartphones
Organizing
Organizer
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes organizer corel paintshop pro 2022 includes organizer adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes organizer dxo photolab 5 includes organizer photo explosion deluxe 5 includes organizer movavi picverse photo editor includes organizer nch photopad includes organizer pixelmator pro 2.4 includes organizer
Albums
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes albums corel paintshop pro 2022 does not include albums adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes albums dxo photolab 5 includes albums photo explosion deluxe 5 includes albums movavi picverse photo editor includes albums nch photopad includes albums pixelmator pro 2.4 includes albums
Search
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes search corel paintshop pro 2022 includes search adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes search dxo photolab 5 does not include search photo explosion deluxe 5 includes search movavi picverse photo editor does not include search nch photopad includes search pixelmator pro 2.4 includes search
Ratings
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes ratings corel paintshop pro 2022 includes ratings adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes ratings dxo photolab 5 includes ratings photo explosion deluxe 5 does not include ratings movavi picverse photo editor includes ratings nch photopad includes ratings pixelmator pro 2.4 includes ratings
Keywords
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes keywords corel paintshop pro 2022 includes keywords adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes keywords dxo photolab 5 includes keywords photo explosion deluxe 5 does not include keywords movavi picverse photo editor includes keywords nch photopad includes keywords pixelmator pro 2.4 includes keywords
View EXIF information
cyberlink photodirector 13 includes view exif information corel paintshop pro 2022 includes view exif information adobe photoshop elements 2022 includes view exif information dxo photolab 5 does not include view exif information photo explosion deluxe 5 includes view exif information movavi picverse photo editor includes view exif information nch photopad includes view exif information pixelmator pro 2.4 includes view exif information
Help & support
Telephone support
cyberlink photodirector 13 offers telephone support corel paintshop pro 2022 offers telephone support adobe photoshop elements 2022 offers telephone support dxo photolab 5 offers telephone support photo explosion deluxe 5 offers telephone support movavi picverse photo editor offers telephone support nch photopad offers telephone support pixelmator pro 2.4 does not offer telephone support
Email support
cyberlink photodirector 13 offers email support corel paintshop pro 2022 offers email support adobe photoshop elements 2022 does not offer email support dxo photolab 5 offers email support photo explosion deluxe 5 offers email support movavi picverse photo editor offers email support nch photopad offers email support pixelmator pro 2.4 offers email support
*Live chat
cyberlink photodirector 13 offers *live chat corel paintshop pro 2022 does not offer *live chat adobe photoshop elements 2022 does not offer *live chat dxo photolab 5 does not offer *live chat photo explosion deluxe 5 does not offer *live chat movavi picverse photo editor does not offer *live chat nch photopad does not offer *live chat pixelmator pro 2.4 does not offer *live chat
Manual
cyberlink photodirector 13 offers manual corel paintshop pro 2022 offers manual adobe photoshop elements 2022 offers manual dxo photolab 5 offers manual photo explosion deluxe 5 offers manual movavi picverse photo editor offers manual nch photopad offers manual pixelmator pro 2.4 offers manual
Knowledge base
cyberlink photodirector 13 offers knowledge base corel paintshop pro 2022 offers knowledge base adobe photoshop elements 2022 offers knowledge base dxo photolab 5 offers knowledge base photo explosion deluxe 5 offers knowledge base movavi picverse photo editor offers knowledge base nch photopad offers knowledge base pixelmator pro 2.4 offers knowledge base
Forums
cyberlink photodirector 13 offers forums corel paintshop pro 2022 offers forums adobe photoshop elements 2022 offers forums dxo photolab 5 offers forums photo explosion deluxe 5 does not offer forums movavi picverse photo editor offers forums nch photopad offers forums pixelmator pro 2.4 offers forums
Tutorials
cyberlink photodirector 13 offers tutorials corel paintshop pro 2022 offers tutorials adobe photoshop elements 2022 offers tutorials dxo photolab 5 offers tutorials photo explosion deluxe 5 offers tutorials movavi picverse photo editor offers tutorials nch photopad offers tutorials pixelmator pro 2.4 offers tutorials
FAQs
cyberlink photodirector 13 offers faqs corel paintshop pro 2022 offers faqs adobe photoshop elements 2022 offers faqs dxo photolab 5 offers faqs photo explosion deluxe 5 offers faqs movavi picverse photo editor offers faqs nch photopad offers faqs pixelmator pro 2.4 offers faqs
Operating systems
Windows 11
cyberlink photodirector 13 is compatible with windows 11 corel paintshop pro 2022 is compatible with windows 11 adobe photoshop elements 2022 is compatible with windows 11 dxo photolab 5 is compatible with windows 11 photo explosion deluxe 5 is compatible with windows 11 movavi picverse photo editor is compatible with windows 11 nch photopad is compatible with windows 11 pixelmator pro 2.4 is compatible with windows 11
Windows 10
cyberlink photodirector 13  windows 10 corel paintshop pro 2022  windows 10 adobe photoshop elements 2022  windows 10 dxo photolab 5  windows 10 photo explosion deluxe 5  windows 10 movavi picverse photo editor  windows 10 nch photopad  windows 10 pixelmator pro 2.4  windows 10
Windows 8
cyberlink photodirector 13  windows 8 corel paintshop pro 2022  windows 8 adobe photoshop elements 2022  windows 8 dxo photolab 5  windows 8 photo explosion deluxe 5  windows 8 movavi picverse photo editor  windows 8 nch photopad  windows 8 pixelmator pro 2.4  windows 8
Windows 7
cyberlink photodirector 13 is compatible with windows 7 corel paintshop pro 2022 is compatible with windows 7 adobe photoshop elements 2022 is compatible with windows 7 dxo photolab 5 is compatible with windows 7 photo explosion deluxe 5 is compatible with windows 7 movavi picverse photo editor is not compatible with windows 7 nch photopad is not compatible with windows 7 pixelmator pro 2.4 is not compatible with windows 7
Windows Vista
cyberlink photodirector 13 is compatible with windows vista corel paintshop pro 2022 is compatible with windows vista adobe photoshop elements 2022 is compatible with windows vista dxo photolab 5 is compatible with windows vista photo explosion deluxe 5 is compatible with windows vista movavi picverse photo editor is not compatible with windows vista nch photopad is compatible with windows vista pixelmator pro 2.4 is not compatible with windows vista

Photo editing software explained

It’s hard to take perfect photos. Bad lighting, blurring and unwanted intrusions can all affect the pictures you snap. That’s why photo editing software is a great companion to your digital camera, enabling you to tweak your photos and fix many problems easily.

Although some advanced features may take time to master, most packages contain preset settings for common tasks. This makes improving your photos and performing simple edits quite straightforward.

Features are not everything

Most photo editing software packages are packed with features. But make sure you look beyond the length of the feature list. It’s more important to ensure that the particular features you need are included.

Additionally, if you have little experience with photo editing software, make sure your chosen package is easy to use. Look for tutorials and presets for tasks like removing red-eye from photos and reducing blur.

Saving and organizing photos

Digital photos can be saved as lots of different file types. The most common is JPEG (pronounced ‘jay-peg’). JPEGs are an efficient way to save photos because they dramatically cut the size of the file by slightly lowering the quality of the image.

This does mean there’s a trade-off between file size and image quality. Look for software that lets you preview the image at different file sizes, so you can check you’re happy before you save.

As well as JPEGs, your photo editing software should be able to handle BMP, GIF, PNG, TIFF and RAW file formats. This will ensure you can open most images – no matter whether they’re from your own camera or elsewhere.

Finally, photo editing software can help you organize your photos, creating a logical filing system so you can easily locate particular pictures. It’s really useful if you have thousands of photos on your computer.


What to look for in photo editing software

Photo editing features

Look to see if the software can do the basics like crop, resize and rotate a photo. Photo editing software should provide tools that improve your images. Look to see whether they provide automatic correction tools such as red eye removal, teeth whitening and we more importantly we look to see whether they are actually any good.

File compatibility

Digital photos come in many different file formats. Quite often a photo cannot be viewed on a computer because of an incompatible format. Photo editing software allows you to open, import and export a wide range of file formats such as JPG, TIF, BMP and PDF. Image editing software should offer RAW file compatibility.

Photo sharing capabilities

There should be plenty of photo sharing options available for you to show off your photographs. Several companies allow you to upload your photos to an online gallery, where your friends and family can view your photographs. Some photo editors allow you to directly upload your photos to social networking websites (facebook) or photo sharing websites (delicious).

Help & support

It's unlikely that you will need telephone support, but you should really choose a package that provides a good solid user manual. Once you've mastered the basics of your photo editing software, you may want to progress to more advanced techniques and there should be plenty of help and advice to help you master these techniques.


Jargon explained

Cropping

To 'crop' an image means that you are removing part of it. This tool is often used to remove edges of a photo that you don't want.

RAW

RAW files are very similar to photo negatives, because they are unbale to be opened, but store all the data needed to create an image.

EXIF information

EXIF (Exchangeable Image File Format) is data stored by your digital camera that describes the settings and characteristics of an individual image. The EXIF standard is supported by the majority of camera manufacturers.

Batch processing

Batch processes save you the time and effort of having to open, edit and save each file individually. It allows you to make changes to a group of images in a few steps.


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