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The Top 3 Best
Photo Editing Softwares
|Being a photo
editor is not rocket science. All it takes is a lot of
creativity and a mastery of some of the best photo editing
software available in the market.
Photoshop Elements 3
This is almost like a primer for Adobe Photoshop—so beginners, don’t feel
intimidated. Elements does have some of the features that
Photoshop is well known for, which comes quite handy when you’ve
decided you’ve like to try your hand on something more upscale
than cropping and resizing.
It’s so easy to use this program, what with it being simple and easy to
navigate. And talk about user-friendly—at start up, a “recipes”
palette asks if you’d like a step-by-step tutorial of the
Elements can also import stills from video clips, as well as PDF files. And
when you’re feeling a bit lazy (or is just plain ignorant about
how to use some of the tools), a “Quick Fix” wizard can help you
adjust the essentials: lighting, focus, color, and rotation of
For those who like their photos in widescreen editions, Elements’ Panorama
Tool helps you seamlessly put together photos to create a
panoramic photo. It blends in the colors, as well.
And when it’s time to print and show off your photography skills, you can
pick one of the “picture package” templates to automatically
print them in a specific size.
A little bit more technical than Photoshop, PhotoImpact needs a lot of
patience to master. This program is best for eager learners with
a lot of time in their hands to figure out the “too-technical”
features that would scare away first time photo editing users.
However, PhotoImpact does have its gems. An ExpressFix features shows you
several options to fix exposure, color, saturation, focus, and
skin. It also comes equipped with a 360 panorama program.
Probably the shiniest gem in the package would be the “Beautiful
Skin” effect, which removes red patches and evens out your skin
tone. Can you say airbrush?
While PhotoImpact doesn’t support PDF files, it does allow you to grab
images off the internet. Type in the URL of a webpage, click on
the image you want to get, then edit away.
It’s a little tricky to use at first, but once you get a hold on
PhotoImpact’s tools, you’ll be thankful you took the time to
Digital Image Suite 9
Microsoft’s own photo editing software is like digital spoon feeding.
Image Suite 9 is a very basic image editing software that hardly requires a
tutorial. While it does work wonders for those who only want to
share pictures online, it could be quite frustrating for those
who want to flex their creativity muscles a little bit more.
Image Suite 9 lacks some features that you might want to use later on. That
said, there still are a bunch to keep you happy. While there’s
no auto color fix option (quite essential to fix the crappy
lighting most digital cameras capture), there are still the
basic features of cropping, adjusting brightness and contrast,
and removing red-eye.
The most advanced this software can get would be removing blemishes, whiten
teeth, and eliminating wrinkles. The layering option is hardly
even handy—you can layer on photos, but it’s virtually
impossible to unlayer them.
This program will work perfectly if you want hassle-free, basic photo
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