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IMAGE-MANIPULATION SOFTWARE
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.
www.adobe.com
Photoshop Elements
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.
www.adobe.com
GIMP
The GNU Image Manipulation Program is a free,
powerful application for image enhancement and
compositing. Mac and Windows.
www.gimp.org
Painter
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
and Windows.
www.corel.com
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.
www.corel.com
PhotoImpact
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.
www.ulead.com
Photo-Paint
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).
www.corel.com
PhotoRetouch Pro
With powerful correction tools, this very color-
management-aware software is designed for
professional color-correction work. Highly
recommended, but costly. Mac only.
www.binuscan.com
PhotoSuite
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.
www.roxio.com
WORKFLOW SOFTWARE
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.
ACDSee
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.
www.acdsee.com
Adobe Lightroom
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
over printing.
www.adobe.com
Apple Aperture
Powerful RAW conversion, with class-leading
image-management features, efficient image-
enhancement tools, and excellent image viewing
and metadata-handling features.
www.apple.com
SOFTWARE RESOURCES

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