Image edit­ing

Shashank Sharma first dis­cov­ered the power of image editors when he could turn even a hazy image of the Taj Ma­hal into one full of de­tails…

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Want to re­move some red eye, or­gan­ise your pho­tos or do some se­ri­ous ma­nip­u­la­tion? Then Shashank Sharma has the pho­toedit­ing power pro­grams you need.

P er­haps be­cause of the per­va­sive reach of so­cial me­dia plat­forms in our ev­ery­day life and cheap in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity, pho­tog­ra­phy has be­come an in­te­gral part of our ev­ery­day life. Once thought of as the do­main of pro­fes­sion­als muck­ing about with ISO set­tings and aper­ture on their rugged Canons and Nikons, many cell­phones now of­fer the same fea­tures, and even en­able you to shoot im­ages in the pro Raw for­mat.

Not only must one use a cat­a­logu­ing soft­ware to make sense of all these pho­to­graphs, but oc­ca­sion­ally also an image edi­tor. You can use the image editors fea­tured in this Roundup to en­hance your im­ages, and even colourise a black and white photo!

GIMP is a beloved image edi­tor with a vast ar­ray of fea­tures, and is one of the most pop­u­lar open source tools. Its pop­u­lar­ity is the rea­son why we haven’t in­cluded it in our list. This isn’t in­tended as a slight to GIMP or an at­tempt to sug­gest that it’s in any way in­fe­rior to the tools fea­tured, but merely to bring at­ten­tion to the other projects.

This Roundup is in­tended for ev­ery­day en­thu­si­asts who per­haps haven’t used an image edi­tor be­yond crop­ping or ro­tat­ing im­ages, and will hope­fully help them take the next step to­wards ad­just­ing their im­ages.

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