Digital Photo Editing Software Alternatives To Photoshop

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There are so many choices of digital photo editing software it can be confusing on which one is best for you to use. I've been reading photography software reviews for many years and it is hard to keep up.

Only the number of digital cameras available to buy exceeds your software choices. Prices range from free to over $2000.00 for Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection.

Some photography software will only do basic retouching such as cropping, brightening and simple color correction. The most sophisticated software allows you to do complex adjustments and manipulations, essentially creating a completely new photograph is you wish.

Purists will argue that it is not photography when so much manipulation is done. That is an argument for another day. You can independently decide how much editing you want to perform.

The best thing to do before choosing digital photo editing software is to first determine all the possible ways you would be interested in editing your photos. It makes no sense to buy software that doesn't do everything that you're going to want it to do.

Most of the reputable photography software companies will offer a free temporary, trial download before you have to purchase the permanent version. This is a great chance to dive in with full force and play.

One of the other considerations is the Album or organizing features of the software. Decide if it's an important feature for you to have an easy way of organizing all of your photographs. It's often very helpful to be able to create tags so that you can easily find any photograph by subject matter, location or date.

You can tag the photo with several different key words, like vacation, or summer 2011, or Florida, or Trevor's birthday and create albums within your digital photography editing software.

Your software keeps track of the photos, no matter where they are physically on your computer's hard drive. As it with most other things, you generally get what you pay for. Of course, cost isn't the only measure of either the program's power or usability.

What is the value of different digital photography editing software?

free digital photo editing software

If you are only doing basic digital photography editing, there are many great free photography software options. Here are three popular and well known options for free digital photography editing software:


Picasa is free editing software from Google. It will search and load all photos that are already on your computer. Just like Facebook, you can put name tags on your photos with Picasa.


Gimp is a great free program that can be installed and used on your computer. It also can be loaded as an app and stored on a USB flash drive. At first glance I was overwhelmed with the user interface of Gimp.

Gimp's website describes itself like this: "a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages."


Picnik is another highly rated photography software program. Picknik's description is "makes your photos fabulous with easy to use yet powerful editing tools. Tweak to your heart’s content, then get creative with oodles of effects, fonts, shapes, and frames."

Digital Photo Software Reviews. There are many reviews of photography software. Here are a few of the most popular photography software.

Digital Photo Editing Tips. Use these 3 digital photo editing tips before you consider what photo editing software to use.

Enjoy shooting and editing your digital photography!

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