What to Look for in Photo Editing Software
There is no limit to what you can do with photo editing software. Any error one of your photos might have can be fixed with a few clicks of your mouse. You don’t even have to hire someone to edit your photos for you. A lot of these programs are easy enough for computer novices to figure out in a flash. You might run into a learning curve with some of these programs, but it won’t be hard to find the help you need to get going. When you get moving, you’re going to wonder why you didn’t have photo editing software in your life before.
Here are the criteria we used to evaluate photo editing software:
The photo editing software should have features that allow one to improve or add to a photo like lighting adjustment, effects, text and so on.
- Ease of Use
Photo editing is especially difficult to learn and use because of the many different options available. The software should have tutorials to show you how to use features and many programs that automatically fix the most common problems with photos,
- Import and Export Formats
There are a handful of widely used formats the program should definitely support. EPS, PDF, TIF, PICT, JPG, GIF, BMP, EPS are among the most common. However, with the ever-changing nature of file formats, more is better.
The photo editing program should have organizing capabilities with thumbnails, the ability to search for images by keywords or rating, view EXIF (digital camera data), store your images in permanent albums and image archiving.
- Output Capabilities
The software should be versatile and effective in saving images. It ought to save the images in a number of different ways including printing, emailing, web and more, so you can delve into the world of digital scapbooking.
- Photo Sharing Capabilities
Software should give you tools to optimize (file size, resolution and image size) your photos for the specific sharing method you intend to use. Sharing methods include email, web galleries, PDAs, cell phones, print and more.
The software should have tutorials to show you how and why you would want to use certain features. Also the manufacturer should provide technical support in the form of FAQs, email and phone.