Good photo editing apps for computer

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Photographs are little gems and just like with shaping a rough diamond it requires a lot of work as well as skill to reveal the true and full beauty of a simple snapshot. And there are a thousand different ways to get there. Here are ten image editing programs that may come in handy one way or the other.
1. GIMP
The GNU Image Manipulation Program is a powerful and free piece of software that can handle all basic image editing tasks and much more beyond that. The fact that it’s open source and available for UNIX platforms, Mac and Windows makes it extremely flexible.
1. Paint.NET
This is probably the most powerful free photo editing software on the market. It can complete simple tasks such as red eye correction, resizing, cropping, but it also supports layers. The program is open source and a great collection of user created plugins is available from its online community.
It’s hard to recommend one over the other here, so depending on what you want to do with these programs, Paint.NET and GIMP are probably equally great…given you are a Windows user.
2. Autostitch
This is the perfect tool if you want to create panorama images from a series of photos. It works fully automatic and doesn’t require user input. The program can handle both horizontal and vertical stitching. The demo is fully functional and free. One thing you have to be prepared for though is the amount of system resources this program will occupy, depending on the options you select. The image below was stitched together from six individual pictures. It took less than 30 seconds, but I used simple default settings.
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Whether you use a compact digital camera, a mobile device with a camera or a high-end DSLR, Mac photo editing software makes it easy and affordable to edit your photos exactly how you want them. Just a few clicks of the mouse can get rid of unwanted blemishes and red eye, and soften wrinkles. You can also crop a photo that may have had a poor viewing angle, to better focus on the subject. Plus, make the colors pop by adding a filter or adjusting the chroma, or add creative touches like frames or text, and so much more.

The top three Mac photo editing software apps we looked at – Photoshop Elements 10, Pixelmator 2.0 and Acorn 3 – have all these features and more. Be sure to check out our articles on Mac photo editing software.Of course, you’ll want to share your beautiful works of art, and most software that we’ll discuss has sharing features right on the interface so you can easily email your pictures to friends and family, or upload them to websites like Facebook, Flickr or Picasa. Some also connect with device-sharing services like iCloud’s Photo Stream and Adobe Carousel. Most apps allow you to create and print professional photo books as well.All Mac photo editing software apps need to include a comprehensive toolset with tools for adjusting exposure levels and color tones, cropping photos and resizing subjects. Some apps have a browser so you can organize pictures within the software, though many users prefer to organize pictures in iPhoto anyway and simply integrate a photo editor with this app that ships with iLife ’11.

Ease of Use

Many of the apps have an interface that closely resembles Photoshop Elements 10, which is aesthetically sound but somewhat difficult to navigate at first. However, the best Mac photo editing software apps we reviewed feature extensive tutorials to help get you started.

Importing
Aside from opening a photo from a hard drive, can the app import images directly from cameras, scanners and other sources? Or do you need to use another app to do so, such as iPhoto or Apple’s Image Capture?

Editing
Arguably the most important of features, editing tools help to correct and enhance your photos. What kind of editing tools does the app have to change color, brightness and contrast, perform crops, add filters, plus add and edit layers, text and more? It’s important that these tools offer a fair amount of manual controls, to satisfy those who want to customize the look, but also an intelligent auto function for those new to the software.

Sharing
What kinds of sharing options does the app feature? Can you export directly to a photo sharing site like Facebook, Flickr or Picasa? Can you email photos without having to launch your mail software and attach the pictures? Good sharing options are an added bonus many products don’t have yet, but our favorite Mac photo editing software apps make sharing a priority.

Output Capabilities

There are different format types an app can and should be able to save a photo as, including JPEG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, and others.

Organizing

Many of the Mac photo editing software apps feature a special browser to organize your photos. It’s an important way to streamline the process by doing as much of the organization in the app as possible without having to go to your Mac’s Finder to keep track of photos. Some of the apps forego a photo browser but give instruction on using iPhoto to organize photos. This isn’t ideal but it works.

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