Despite the dominance of Photoshop, there are
many software applications that are capable of
excellent results. The simpler programs are better
suited to the beginner or those who do not wish
to commit a large amount of time to learning how
to use the software.
Photoshop This is the industry-standard software
package due to its many features, such as color
management, and a vast range of elements that
can be expanded with the widest range of
plug-in software. However, it can be difﬁcult to
master and is burdened by some weak features.
Mac and Windows.
An extremely capable image-manipulation program
that is easy to use and comes with many presets and
templates. Suitable for the majority of digital
photographers. Mac and Windows.
The GNU Image Manipulation Program is a free,
powerful application for image enhancement and
compositing. Mac and Windows.
Enormous range of Brush tools (more than 30
categories, with innumerable options), with highly
controllable painting effects and powerful cloning
tools. An excellent supplement to Photoshop. Mac
Paint Shop Pro
Affordable, powerful software with good Layers
features and excellent support for RAW formats.
It is suitable for most requirements, including web
work. Windows only.
Very good range of tools, strong on features for
web imagery, in an affordable package. Useful for
graphics to video. Includes cut-down version of
Corel Painter. Windows only.
Powerful, comprehensive features, with good
Layers and cloning elements. Windows only.
Not to be confused with the low-cost image editor
Ability Photopaint (www.ability.com).
With powerful correction tools, this very color-
management-aware software is designed for
professional color-correction work. Highly
recommended, but costly. Mac only.
Inexpensive, tutorial-based software with a good
range of tools and Layers handling, together with
good functions for web work and creating slide
shows on DVD. Windows only.
These applications aim to provide all you need
for a digital image workﬂow—from uploading
of images and adding metadata, to image
enhancement and management, to output as
books, prints, or to the web.
This has been reﬁned over the years as an efﬁcient
tool for the whole digital image workﬂow, with
excellent support of RAW formats and the ability to
apply adjustments selectively.
This offers powerful RAW conversion, with good
image-management features and excellent
enhancement tools and metadata handling, but
the workﬂow methodology is rigid. It has a
good range of web-page options and controls
Powerful RAW conversion, with class-leading
image-management features, efﬁcient image-
enhancement tools, and excellent image viewing
and metadata-handling features.