Rod Lawton tests eight of the best image editing programs to discover whether any one piece of software really can do it all
Today’s image editing software doesn’t just help you perfect your images, it helps you catalogue and sort them. But is Photoshop really the best option? We see what eight of the best are capable of…
Photoshop has long been regarded as the yardstick for all other image editing programs, but the market has changed. Photographers don’t just need image manipulation tools, they also need programs that can organise, search and share an ever-growing library of photos. And as more and more of us shoot RAW files, the quality of the RAW conversion process and the tools you can bring to bear become ever more important.
Even though Photoshop might still be the best image editor, an image editor in itself may no longer be enough for the things we photographers want to do with our photos today, so we’ve rounded up eight different image editing options to cover all these different jobs, from regular image editors to image cataloguing specialists like Lightroom and all-out RAW converters like DxO Optics Pro.
Digital imaging is going through exciting times, with higher-resolution sensors leading to more detailed images, sophisticated software lens corrections and advances in RAW data conversion and noise reduction. So which companies are ahead of the curve, and which are trading on past glories? And can any topple the mighty Adobe from its perch...?