Photoshop has a reputation as the king of editing, but does it deserve it? Rod Lawton checks out some compelling rivals
We put 10 photo-editing packages through their paces to see if any can steal Photoshop’s crown…
Photoshop is often used to measure all other photo-editing programs, but is that the right way to judge them? It’s unlikely any other program will be better at being Photoshop than Photoshop is, but there are many programs that do things Photoshop can’t.
For example, lots of people don’t like subscription plans. It’s the only way to get Photoshop now, but many customers would prefer to pay a single licence fee. And while Photoshop is slick and efficient, it does demand some technical knowledge that beginners might find intense. And it’s true that you can create almost any effect you can imagine in Photoshop, but often only with a great deal of work and expertize. However, many rivals bring one-click presets that do these things in a fraction of the time.
Photoshop doesn’t organize your photos, either. You can do that in Lightroom, the other half of the Adobe Photography plan. But that means switching applications for different jobs, and for many photographers an all-in-one cataloguing, enhancement, editing and effects tool would be better.
Over the next few pages we’re going to steer a path through all these products to find the ones that stand out. Our overall ratings are based on all-round capabilities, but your needs and interests may be specific…