Image editing software review - "editing"
The editing part of the software allows you to make changes to your digital photography.
The type of changes you make are likely to fall into two categories – image enhancement, and image manipulation.
Image enhancement: This involves making basic changes to your digital photography.
The changes are brightness, contrast, colour saturation and image sharpness. Almost every photo will be improved with a few tweaks to these.
Image manipulation: This is a little more detailed. It covers everything from making a photo black and white or sepia, to airbrushing devil horns onto the mother-in-law!
The best image editing software will save your edited photos separately from your originals - just in case you change your mind about those horns later on!
The reviews here cover software from those that make basic changes, to software that will really let your creativity flow.
Image editing software review – the "album"
As I said at the top of this page, there are usually two parts to image editing software – the album part, and the editing part. It helps to know what each part is for.
Firstly, the “album”. This organises your digital photos for you. Consider this as a filing system for your digital photographs.
The software will find photos on your computer, create thumbnails of them, and then sort them for you.
This makes it far, far easier to find your photos. Instead of looking at a lot of meaningless file names you can see a thumbnail of the photo itself.
Digital photo album software shows you all your photos in one place, no matter where on your hard drive it is stored. No more hunting through endless folders to find that photo you were looking for!
The better albums also allow you to tag photos with something meaningful. For example, you could tag all photos from a skiing trip with a “ski” tag.
Later, when you want to find photos of your skiing trip, just click the “ski” tag and the software will show you only photos from that trip.
Better still – good albums allow multiple tags. So you could add another tag to those skiing photos, “friends” perhaps. Then, when you click “ski” and “friends” the software will show you only photos of your friends skiing.
The best albums go much further. Some will fix red-eye automatically, and can even recognise faces in photos – so you can sort photos of people easily.
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