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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesVisual ArtsPhotography · 2 months ago

What apps or websites are the best for editing photos?

Im starting to get into photography and don’t know what to edit the pictures on 

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  • 2 months ago
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    Ok, a few things need to be mentioned first.

    An "app" is seldom, if ever, a proper photo editing PROGRAM. If you are thinking photo editing is properly done on a phone, you are sadly mistaken. You need a REAL COMPUTER with an actual mouse and keyboard. Anything else is simply throwing goofy filters on a photo.

    A website is the WORSE way to edit any photos. You DO NOT want to have to be uploading photos to a website just for editing. You will not be able to upload the full file size, the output will be even less, and you typically cannot edit any RAW files on some free website. Such sites are for the most rudimentary of adjustments for the most rudimentary amateurs.

    The GIMP was mentioned. It is a good program, and free, which is downloaded to your computer, ... BUT.... it is a royal pain in the rear to learn and use. I have used photo editing programs for just over 20 years now, and *I* do not find GIMP at all worth struggling to learn.

    The hands down king of the hill when it comes to photo editing programs is ADOBE PHOTOSHOP. Now, the full blown pro version of PS practically requires college courses and endless study and practice to become anything approaching an expert, plus it is now only available on a subscription basis. It is truly far beyond what you need, or what most people need to be frank about it.

    There is an excellent alternative though, which is ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS. This is a program you purchase for a one time cost, (usually around $70), and download to your computer, (or you may still be able to buy it on a CD). Just buy the latest version, which is something like 14 or 15, I'm not sure of that. It offers a HUGE amount of tools for the pro and amateur alike, it's advantage is it works with the new user with tons of helpful guides and relatively automated adjustments. You can also use it in the full "Expert" mode that does away with all the aids and guides. This is the program I HIGHLY recommend to you. It even has the Adobe RAW converter so you can shoot your photos in the RAW format and take them straight into PS Elements for RAW conversion and then any further editing you wish. It is a program that STILL requires some time and effort to learn, but it at least helps you out along the way. There are also tons of books that can help you immensely, the best being written by Scott Kelby.

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  • qrk
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    A good free image editor is The GIMP. GIMP is full featured which means it has a steep learning curve.

    So-so free editors are Irfanview, Xnview, and probably a few others. They will do very basic editing and frustrating to use if you come from a Photoshop or Lightroom background. For a beginner, they will work.

    Photoshop is good, but expensive. Full featured and has a steep learning curve.

    LightRoom is even better for photographs and payware. If you come from a darkroom background, LightRoom makes a lot of sense.  With LightRoom, shooting in raw format will be a big benefit.

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  • Olive
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    AVS Video Editor App

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  • Adobe Photoshop.

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