Your favourite images are picked out and you’re ready to make an amazing photobook. Great!
Then you realise some of your favourite shots need some editing. One needs to be cropped, and another is a bit too dark. Oh no! What will you do about the red eyes on that lovely shot of Johnny and Grandma?
Take a breath. It’s okay. You’ve got plenty of amazing photo editing tools at your fingertips. We know too much choice can be daunting, so we have picked out a simple breakdown of your best tools for photo editing.
1. Adobe Photoshop
This software is the industry leader most commonly used by pros or dedicated amateurs. Photoshop has a steep learning curve for beginners. It has the gamut of features and a high price tag to match its abilities and performance. If you are getting serious about your photography, Photoshop is worth having.
Available for MAC and PC
2. Adobe Photoshop Elements
This is the less expensive, less complicated version of Photoshop, aimed at users who don’t need all the bells and whistles. My mom gives it the tick of approval. It’s much easier to understand, but be warned you’ll still need a powerful computer to run Photoshop Elements. Your old laptop might have a heart attack. For the best performance, shut down any programs running in the background when using this program.
Available for MAC and PC
3. GIMP (FREE)
GIMP is open source software and is free to use. It’s just as powerful as Photoshop, but even less user friendly. If you like climbing mountains, GIMP has a learning curve you’ll love. While you won’t get a manual, there is a huge community of users and detailed tutorials.
Available for MAC, PC and Linux
4. Google Photos (FREE)
Google Photos (previously Picasa) has all your basics covered, and like most things Google, this is easy to use. Best of all, it’s free. What’s the catch? You have to upload every photo you want to edit and then download them after. The free back-up offsets the extra hassle.
Online software, so PC, MAC and it’s a Mobile App too!
5. Photos (FREE)
Photos is an MacOS app, exclusive and free for Apple devices: Macs, iPads, iPhones — the lot. Brilliant for simple edits, but it has terrible Photobook print files. iPhoto is the old version and is much better for designing Photobooks, but it’s being retired.
So now you’ve got a handle on the best software options for you, checkout our post on the most important things to get your colour right on your photos.
Just remember, here at RapidStudio, we have all the advice you need.
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