10 Best Photo Editing software

Image Editing Software

Whether you’re a complete novice, amateur or professional digital photographer, there’s editing software on the market that will suit your needs.

Editing software is essential for the digital photographer to get the best out of their images. Many digital camera manufacturers offer their own software such as Canon and Nikon, but if you want a comprehensive editing software then look no further:

Listed below are some of the most popular and best selling:

Adobe Photoshop Elements 11

Product Description

Bring your photos to life with a powerful picture editing solution built from Adobe Photoshop software, the professional standard for digital image editing.

  • Use Photoshop Elements 11 for all your photo needs. Intuitively organize and find photos; edit and enhance them; create custom photo keepsakes; and share via print, the web, and more.
  • Find and manage all your photos and video clips in the convenient Organizer. Use automated options to find your best photos and clips.
  • Use one-step shortcuts to whiten teeth; make skies bluer; or fix color, contrast, and lighting?and then choose the best result from a group of adjustment previews. Instantly remove clutter from photos, too.
  • Price:$49.99

Serif Photoplus X5 Ultimate (for fast raw processing)


Take photos then make them great with PhotoPlus X5. Use it to edit, enhance, and organize your entire image collection. Remove red eye, restore old photos, add amazing effects and everything in between. You can even perform advanced tasks like editing Raw files, HDR image merging and more.

  • Fast, powerful and intuitive photo-editing software
  • Remove red eye, restore old photos, and add amazing effects
  • Perform advanced tasks like editing Raw files, HDR image merging, and more
  • Quickly and accurately remove people and objects from photographs
  • View, organize, and share images with PhotoPlus Organizer
  • Price: $69.99

Paintshop Pro X5

  • Enhanced! Manage, adjust and edit modes
  • Including award-winning NIK Color Efex Pro 3.0 photographic filters
  • Enhanced! Paint Brush
  • REALLUSION FaceFilter Studio 2 for amazing portrait retouching
  • Use new social media integration to instantly share your creations on Facebook, Flickr and Google+.
  • Price: $48.99

Product Description

With powerful photo-editing and design tools, plus over $200 in valuable creative extras, Corel PaintShop Pro X5 Ultimate provides everything you need to create stunning photos and dynamic designs. Explore your creativity with ultimate extras, including award-winning NIK Color Efex Pro 3.0 photographic filters, REALLUSION FaceFilter Studio 2 for amazing portrait retouching, and a creative collection of royalty-free backgrounds, brushes and textures. Easily organize your photos and tag people and places using the new Find People and Map View features. When you’re finished, use new social media integration to instantly share your creations on Facebook, Flickr and Google+.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4

    • Get everything you need beyond the camera-Organize, perfect, and share-Lightroom combines all your digital photography tools in one fast, efficient application.
    • Get the best from every image – Get the highest possible quality from every pixel in your images, whether you shot them with a pro DSLR camera or a camera phone.
    • Share effortlessly-Craft elegant photo books and easily share your photographs on social networks or in web galleries, slide shows, prints, and more. Lightroom includes efficient tools to showcase your work for friends, family, and clients.
    • Highlight and shadow recovery–Bring out all the detail that your camera captures in dark shadows and bright highlights. Now you have more power than ever before to make great images under challenging lighting conditions.
    • Photo book creation–Create beautiful photo books from your images with a variety of easy-to-use templates included in Lightroom, and then upload your book for printing with just a few clicks.
    • Price: $103.47

The Lightroom 4 software helps you create amazing images that inspire, inform, and delight. Bring out the best in every shot with powerfully simple one-click adjustments and a full range of cutting-edge advanced controls. Craft elegant photo books and effortlessly share your best shots on social networks, in web galleries, and more. Perfect your images, organize all your photographs, and share your vision—all with one fast, intuitive application.

Photo Expressions Platinum 5

    • Edit and enhance photos and create memorable photo projects–all from one easy-to-use interface
    • Organize photos with smart auto tags and tagging features for face and scene recognition
    • Create sensational projects with professional templates for cards, scrapbooks, slideshows and more
    • Burn, print, copy and preserve photos; upload to Facebook, YouTube and Flickr
    • Share your memories with friends and family online–with just one click
    • Price: $14.99

Photo Expressions has all the tools you need to organize and edit your photos, create sensational photo projects, share your projects, and burn and preserve your photo memories. All of this in one easy-to-use Interface–no comparable photo editing software is as easy to use or as powerful!

Photo and Video Pro Suite X5

    • Enhanced! Manage, adjust and edit modes
    • Including award-winning NIK Color Efex Pro 3.0 photographic filters
    • NEW! Single RAW Photo
    • NEW! Graduated Filter effect
    • Use new social media integration to instantly share your creations on Facebook, Flickr and Google+.
    • Price: $56.96

Get easier and more creative ways to enhance photos, create graphics and produce striking video—in one complete package—with the affordable, social media-savvy Corel Photo and Video Suite X5. Every photo is better thanks to the easy editing tools and new Instant Effects in PaintShop Pro. Video production is faster and more versatile with support for screen recording, drag and drop creative effects and web video, including HTML5, in VideoStudio Pro. Built-in learning tools, templates, and tutorials help you every step of the way. And sharing is easy, so you can post to your own website or on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social sites.

Corel Aftershot Pro

    • Complete RAW workflow: Get super-fast RAW processing and color accurate images
    • Flexible Photo Management: Choose from a variety of workflow options to organize, manage, enhance, and output photos virtually any way you want .
    • Advanced non-destructive editing: Experiment with a huge range of adjustment tools without altering your original photos
    • Breakthrough Performance: Accelerate every part of your workflow — and get back behind your camera faster.
    • A Multi-platform solution: Corel AfterShot Pro runs on Windows, MAC OS, and Linux so you can take advantage of this powerful photography workflow software on the platform of your choice.
    • Price: $56.95

Corel AfterShot Pro is a fast, flexible photos workflow solution that combines robust photo management, advanced non-destructive editing and complete RAW processing. Organize your photos in catalogs or folders. Find images quickly with extensive Metadata tools. Experiment with and alter images freely with non-destructive adjustments and apply enhancements precisely with selective editing. With RAW support, powerful batch processing and a variety of output options, AfterShot Pro is the fast way to professional photos.

Nikon Capture NX 2 (Full version)

    • Full-featured photo-editing software for quick and easy image editing
    • Color control points let you quickly change the colors of select images
    • Automatic retouch tool for removing blemishes, dust, and other distractions
    • Redesigned interface with customized workspaces and new image browser
    • Supports Windows XP or Vista, 32 bit, or Mac OS 10.4.11 or 10.5.7
    • Price: $134.95

Nikon’s Capture NX 2 software is a full-featured, nondestructive photo-editing program that gives photographers all the tools they need to quickly and easily edit their photographs. Also available in a reduced-price upgrade version (requires a valid serial number from v1.x), the software offers such editing features as color control points, selection control points, an auto-retouch brush, and shadow/highlight adjustment.

Enhancing the hue, brightness, and saturation of an image is as simple as placing a color control point on your image, then adjusting the length of the sliders. For example, color control points are a remarkably convenient way to change the color of flowers to look better against green surrounding foliage.

As an alternative, editors can take a dull gray sky and add blue to change the mood of a captured scene. The selection control points, meanwhile, let you selectively edit photographs without manually outlining or masking the area for editing. Simply place a selection control point anywhere on the photograph, and then choose from almost any adjustment, including D-Lighting, Unsharp Mask, or Noise Reduction, while limiting the ‘reach” of that adjustment to just the selected area.

Capture NX 2 also adds an automatic retouch tool to its image editing toolbox, allowing users to seamlessly remove blemishes, dust, and other distracting elements from photographs while maintaining the integrity of the image. And thanks to the shadow/highlight adjustment, you can easily open up shadows or recover blown-out highlights. Highlight recovery is most effective for RAW (NEF) files; however, it will work with JPEG and TIFF files as well.

The software’s redesigned v2 interface includes such features as customized workspaces, an improved toolbar function and layout, improved edit list functionality, a redesigned image browser with a favorites folder, and improved image resolution adjustments. The software’s holdover features from v1.x range include black/white/neutral control points, color management control, color aberration control, distortion control, a color booster, contrast/brightness adjustment, a saturation/warmth adjustment, black-and-white conversion, straighten and crop tools, and much more.

Finally, Capture NX 2 features award-winning U Point technology for precision selection and application of enhancements without complicated selections or layer masks. Designed to closely match the way photographers work with their images, Capture NX2 is easy to learn and creates the highest-quality results. Note that the software fully integrated with all Nikon software, including Camera Control Pro 2, Image Authentication Software, Transfer, and ViewNX.

Portrait Professional Studio 10

    • Quickly and easily improve portrait photos
    • Subtly reshape any aspect of the face to make it more attractive. Fix skin blemishes such as spots or pimples, fix red-eye
    • Studio edition adds support for color profiles, 16 bits per color samples, camera RAW files and Photoshop plug-in
    • Reduce and/or remove wrinkles, grease, sweat or unsightly shine highlights from the skin
    • Multilingual supporting English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese
    • Price: $69.95

Portrait Professional is a software application for Windows or Mac that lets anyone easily enhance photos of people.Portrait Professional has been shown hundreds of photographs of beautiful human faces, and using sophisticated statistical techniques, it has learnt how to subtly airbrush and touch-up photographs to make them more beautiful.

This means that Portrait Professional will automatically make hundreds of improvements to your portraits. All you have to do is choose how subtle or dramatic to make each change.

Portrait Professional touches up and enhances people in the same way that good lighting and perfect makeup is used to make someone look more attractive. The software really can make anyone look as good as a celebrity in a magazine.

However, Portrait Professional will not simply make a person look like someone different. The software has advanced techniques to make the result look completely natural.

Portrait Professional allows unskilled users to get sophisticated fully professional touch-up in minutes. For the first time portrait photo software for all!

Even experienced Photoshop users are impressed at the speed with which they can get a totally natural looking airbrushed touch-up, just by moving sliders.

The Studio edition is the premier edition of Portrait Professional, which adds the following features over the standard edition:
– Reads camera RAW files
– Supports color profiles for working with calibrated color
– Supports images with 16 bits per color sample (48 bits per pixel) for more accurate colors

System requirements: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Intel Macintosh with OSX 10.5 or later.

Adobe Photoshop CS6

    • Content-Aware Patch-Patch images with greater control using Content-Aware Patch, the latest addition to the Content-Aware family of technologies, which allows you to choose the sample area it will use to create your patch.
    • Mercury Graphics Engine and 64-bit support-Count on the new Mercury Graphics Engine for blazingly fast performance when editing with key tools, and take advantage of cross-platform 64-bit support to speed up imaging tasks.
    • New and reengineered design tools-Create superior designs fast. Get consistent formatting with type styles, use vector layers to apply strokes and add gradients to vector objects.
    • Intuitive video creation-Bring Photoshop editing power to your video footage. Easily enhance any clip using the full range of familiar Photoshop tools, and create videos using an intuitive set of video tools.
    • Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 7 plug-in-Bring out the best in your JPEG and raw files with improved processing and an enhanced control set; reveal every detail in the highlights of an image while still retaining rich detail in the shadows; and much more.
    • Price: $525.26

Adobe Photoshop CS6 delivers magic that helps you bring your creative vision to life. Edit raw image files and other photos with state-of-the-art photo editing. Create compelling HDR images, black-and-whites, and panoramas. Retouch images with astonishing ease and control. Design anything you can imagine—at amazing speed. Paint and draw naturally and expressively. Even put your ideas in motion by intuitively creating stunning videos.

  1. Jane Muskoviz December 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I learned something today. Do check out this great tool to send many photos called Binfer. I have sent many pictures with Binfer. It’s a nifty little tool. The link is http://www.binfer.com

  2. priscilla September 13, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Great list! But if you are fearful to do it yourself, there is a website to help do it for you http://zhopped.com.

  3. hemanti February 26, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    i mostly use instafusion app to edit my photos…

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