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Each company has better algorithms for certain things and worse ones for others, however there are those who corresspond better to what level you're on and the necessary features you need for the type of photography you are performing. Editing a photo can be as easy as applying a one-tap filter in Instagram or as complex as creating a multilayered piece of artwork in Adobe Photoshop. Even if you’re not a professional photographer, as soon as you hear "photo editing", you immediately think of the Adobe software: Photoshop! And you're right, as the undisputed market leader, Photoshop is used by the majority of professionals because it allows you to make thousands of changes. But there are other options, many of them! Here some of the best highly preforming post processing platforms and their new updates that you should deffinitly be trying out!
You either have the option of $20 a month or you pay a one-time fee for an owned (perpetual) license of Capture One Pro. for $299! Capture One Pro was just recently updated on January 18th, 2018!
This software is for RAW file image editing. The key to Raw image processing is “nondestructive” editing, meaning you can always start over or backtrack with no ill consequences. The fabric of the original file remains intact.
One aspect of Capture One is that it doesn’t have fixed modules. It’s tool-tabs are freely definable, meaning, different tools such as color editor, histogram or more can be placed within the tool-tabs, according to your preference. You can design your own work space creating an experience that is quite pleasing for a an extremely customizable software. Every tool in Capture One, except Blake and white film grain, can be applied to a layer.
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This software can either be purchased at $149.99 or $8.90 a month or $89 per year! Many options for all different photographer’s payment preferences. This subscription provides you with ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2018, ACDSee Photo Studio For Mac 4, ACDSee Video Converter Pro 5 and ACDSee Video Studio 2! With the newest release on that happened on December 7th, 2017, ACDSee Ultimate has a new look and feel! It now supports camera models Fujifilm X-Pro2 and Fujifilm X-T2! This new release also provides improvements on speed and options such as moving sliders, masking and selection, blur panel, camera lens support and more!
ACDSee Photo Studio Professional 2018 is a sophisticated software that can make photos look polished and professional, though it's not necessarily welcoming to newcomers. The program supports over 50 different file formats, including the popular RAW, JPG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, PSD and PDF formats! There are plenty of tools for manipulating photos, and the photo editor also helps you keep track of your entire photo collection with its organizational tools. Unfortunately, ACDSee Professional does not allow you to work in layers, only the Ultimate package allows for this feature. So, be caucious when choosing which package you purchase, based on your needs and desires!
With a simple one time pay of $99.99, you can let your imagination soar! A software made to create. Creativity is what they desire to bring to their clients. They have all differnt types of elements in their software that other editing programs don’t in order to stimulate this creativity within. This software is for family, travel, landscapes and professional photography! CyberLink PhotoDirector 9 Ultra was just recently updated on September 19th, 2017, bringing a collection of new tools for creating photo art from videos and 360° images, and combines them with powerful correction features!
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This program is mostly for beginners! You’ll see why! PhotoDirector has several techniques in order to make your photo processing time faster and easier! The software has face retouching, body-shaping, skin tone adjusting, etc. intelligence to better simplify the process of editing portraits. The software also allows you to create gifs, photos with motion, 360 photo editing, the Little Planet feature and so much more! Extra elements such as these help foster originality and can certainly add a bit of fun to photo editing! Not to worry, all these tools and features have available tutorials on CyberLink’s Youtube channel!
With an extremely useful and easy interface, CyberLink PhotoDirector also comes with all the necessary tools in order to edit professional photos. Meanwhile, also being one of the top editing programs in organization and performance. However, one slight issue is the Import/Export features, and the fact that it's not Mac compatible and it only supports five file types.
Affordable photo editing and graphic design software, without the restrictions of a subscription. Perpetual license meaning the software is licensed forever, for one price at $79.99. Released on August 9th, 2017, PaintShop Pro 2018 contains over 125 new brushes, gradients, textures, and patterns.
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Featuring a dynamic photo editor and realistic media painting tools all complied into one. Photoshop is know as being more powerful, but takes months to master. You will be using PaintShop Pro like an expert in a matter of days. PaintShop Pro offers a choice of interfaces, with a simplified option for new users and a more advanced one with more tools on show for anyone who's already familiar with the fundamentals of photo editing software.
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PaintShop Pro 2018 has standard tools for managing photos, including keyword tags, auto sorting and facial recognition to help you sort your images in various ways. You can learn how to edit images easily using this software and continue using it as your skills advance. However, this software is not compatible with a Mac!
No subscriptions. You can buy it at $69! Available on both Mac and PC! Mac users especially will immediately be familiar with the app design. It feels like an Apple-designed application in its simplicity. Luminar’s powerful, customizable approach to image editing is great for photographers who tend to feel intimidated by the hundreds of buttons, menu options, and sliders available in other post-processing programs. Luminar 2018 is so familiar that it's enough for photographers who have used other editing platforms, including Adobe Lightroom, to make an easy transition. One of the most appriciated aspects of Luminar 2018 is that it’s capable of editing almost any RAW file of any sort.
Luminar 2018 has one of the most innovative and useful tools of the post processing high end programs. This feature is available in other programs but Luminar has kicked it up a notch. A Before/After feature that allows you to move the preview slider back and forth. Unlike others that just give you a side by side viewing of your processing. Fortunately, you can install it as a plug-in for Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and even Aperture. You have the ability to access Photoshop and other third party filters while you’re within the app! One of the reasons this is great is because we all have different workflows. It’s nice to have a tool that has options!
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The amount of features it provides, corresponds to the price. Starting at $54.99! One purchase, no subscription! This software allows for raw editing, multi-layered compositions, 360 image editing, batch processing and so much more. This photo editor grants you the choice of being able to upload and edit Photoshop files. Affinity has an unlimited amount of recorded actions, permitting you to save and replay as you please. Basically making previously burdensome tasks possible in just a few clicks.
Affinity Photo comes with a huge range of high-end, fully customisable filters including lighting, blurs, distortions, tilt-shift, shadows and glows. But what really sets it apart is when you adjust the properties of a filter you always see a full resolution preview of the result, in real-time. One of the best features about Affinity is that it comes in the form of layers. You can create mask layers, rearrange layers and choose between vector or raster layers.
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The biggest downside, though, to this photo editor is the lack of an organizing system. You can browse through image files on your computer, but there isn't an advanced image search function or a ranking system, which means you'll spend more time trying to track down a specific image with this software than other photo editing applications. Unfortunately, Affinity Photo does not come with the ability to save photos to online galleries, nor can you upload images directly to social media or email.