Photo Editing Software
- $$$ = Expensive
- $$ = Kinda Expensive
- $ = Cheap
$ Corel Paint Shop PRo X6 Ultimate – $79.99 US – Corel, like Adobe, has a ton of programs for every conceivable use. You can download a free trial version of many of these programs.
$$$ Adobe Photoshop – $999.95 US on Amazon – for older version: CS6 (as of 6/2014).The new Photoshop CC requires a monthly “Creative Cloud Plan” which I’m not thrilled with but, you may be. You can download a free trial version to check it out. Adobe has many types of programs for your artistic expression. Click on the word Adobe, above to see what they have available.
I’ve been using Photoshop for over 20 years now.
For price comparisons on Photoshop check out Lifehacker.com‘s page on: “Rent vs. Buy: Is Adobe’s Creative Cloud Subscription Cheaper than Buying Photoshop?”
Don’t forget: Student and Teacher versions of Photoshop are MUCH cheaper. Older versions work great too.
$$ Photoshop Elements – $99.99 US
Works very similarly to Photoshop. It is an online program – which means you don’t download and install it on your system. It’s great for preparing web images and has the three features that I use most: Curves, Brightness/Contrast and Image Size. A drawback with this program is that it isn’t designed to save high resolution, like 300 dpi, photos. So, if you need a photo editing software that will give you print or competition quality images, this isn’t the one for you. Pixlr saves in either 72 dpi or 96 dpi – great for the web but, not for print. *Note: According to Pixlr, you can’t choose to save in 72 dpi or 96 dpi but, the difference in size is minimal. You can resize the image and that is done in pixels, not inches or millimeters.
Pixlr has three membership options: 1. Starter – Free, 2. Essentials – Free with creating an account and 3. Pro – 14.99 annually.
Pixlr also has three different products:
- Pixlr-O-Matic – a Mobile and Web-based app that creates vintage looks, frames and borders.
- Available through iTunes and Google Play. Pixlr Desktop – Free and Membership based available (Mac or Windows).
- Finally, Pixlr Web – a free web-based and mobile photo editor.
You can also download Pixlr from Chrome’s App Store and other places.
Well, that should keep you busy for a while. Have fun!