Photoshop’s pricing plan may have changed greatly, but its image-editing prowess hasn’t
Software > £8.78/$9.99 pcm > www.adobe.com 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.