Basic Editing

Photo editing software

Written by Gail Bjork

Image editing software can edit, retouch and even organize your digital photos.

Photo editingThe photo editing software which came with your digital camera may be all you ever need. However, if you want to go beyond the basics, more advanced programs are available for editing and organizing digital images.

Some programs are used solely to enhance and edit photos, though many include a browser menu for accessing and tagging photos. They offer powerful editing features and tools such as layer pallets, histograms and adjustment layers.

Photo organizing software does just what the name implies. It lets you organize, categorize and archive images. These programs usually include basic photo editing tools but they are usually not as robust as those found in dedicated editing programs.

Before you buy

Before you run out and buy a photo editing program, check the CD that came with your camera, scanner or printer. Sometimes it includes full versions of an older, but quite capable, editing program. Previous versions of software may be available and purchased inexpensively at online auctions.

Whether a beginner or pro or anything in between, there is a photo editing program to meet your needs. Some are free or moderately priced. Others cost hundreds of dollars.

Try software before buying

Some of the more popular commercial photo editing programs are Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Elements and Paint Shop Photo Pro. You can download trial versions of photo editing software for free from the developer’s website.

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About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.

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