Pho­to­shop CC

Pho­to­shop’s pric­ing plan may have changed greatly, but its im­age-edit­ing prow­ess hasn’t

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Soft­ware > £8.78/$9.99 pcm > Pho­to­shop is still the daddy of im­age-edit­ing soft­ware. Now you can get it with Light­room in­cluded for a bar­gain monthly sub­scrip­tion.

Fre­quent up­dates con­tinue to add nifty fea­tures, like the Smart Sharpen tool that max­imises clar­ity while re­duc­ing noise, and the Cam­era Shake Re­duc­tion tool, which can an­a­lyse the di­rec­tion of move­ment and dig­i­tally re­verse the blur. Then there’s the new Up­right tool, with its abil­ity to straighten lines that it thinks should be hor­i­zon­tal or ver­ti­cal. But the big­gest clus­ter of new fea­tures cen­tres on Adobe Cam­era Raw 8. In fact, you can now carry out so many every­day pho­to­graphic en­hance­ments us­ing Cam­era Raw that you may need Pho­to­shop it­self less and less. Pho­to­shop CC’s sub­scrip­tion model ruf­fled a few feath­ers at launch, but now it gives you more value for money than ever.

Up­grade if you own... Pho­to­shop CS5 or ear­lier and can jus­tify the monthly out­lay, but maybe not if you al­ready own a copy of CS6.

run­ner up... DxO Op­tic­sPro

Op­tic­sPro doesn’t just cor­rect your pho­tos, it cor­rects your cam­era and lenses too. Anal­y­sis of an im­age’s EXIF data en­ables au­to­matic cor­rec­tion of nu­mer­ous hard­ware flaws.

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