How easy is it to get to grips with?

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The in­ter­face is the first thing you see when launch­ing an app, and with the num­ber of tools and op­tions avail­able in im­age ed­i­tors they can be daunt­ing. Some apps make it eas­ier than oth­ers. Free Pho­to­shop-a-like GIMP has al­ways had a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a touch opaque, and opens as a mass of float­ing pal­ettes, each of which can be brought to the front in­di­vid­u­ally. It does, how­ever, main­tain a huge on­line repos­i­tory of help. Pix­el­ma­tor and Pho­to­shop El­e­ments Ed­i­tor have a pal­ette sys­tem too, with tools on the left and lay­ers and ef­fects on the right. Pho­toDirec­tor 6 and AfterShot Pro 2 both open with sim­i­lar dark-in­ter­faced all-in-one win­dows, switch­ing be­tween modes for or­gan­i­sa­tion and edit­ing. El­e­ments’ or­gan­i­sa­tion is han­dled by a sep­a­rate app, the Or­gan­iser, from which images can be opened in the Ed­i­tor, but you don’t have to use it. iPhoto sports a light-grey in­ter­face and re­lies on you im­port­ing pho­tos into its li­brary be­fore it can edit them, with its tools and ef­fects ap­pear­ing on the right-hand side.

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