Big Test

Rod Law­ton tests eight of the best im­age edit­ing pro­grams to dis­cover whether any one piece of soft­ware re­ally can do it all

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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...?

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