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Photo Editing Tools

If you are new to photography, you might have a series of questions:

  1. What are photo editing tools?
  2. What photo editing software should I use?
  3. Which photo editing software is best for beginners?

Without getting too far into the weeds, this page shows a few of the main software tools designed to make your photos shine without getting lost in the technical jargon associated with image science. In upcoming posts, we'll do a deep dive into the technical specifics.

What are Photo Editing Tools?

As a photographer, I've shot in some professional sense for 40-years. I wish I could tell you that all my work is awesome and I never miss the mark. Sometimes we have to act fast and catch a shot, and maybe the aperture is set wrong. This image is dark, or far too bright.

Photo editing tools can give you the latitude to fix it. Sometimes the weather isn't cooperative or colors are dim. Through a photo editing program, you can add color, or if you choose, turn the image into a black and white. Through these tools, you can adjust size or resolution. There are hundreds of options that allow you to create the image that you perceive meets your artistic goal.

Life in the “Film” Age.

While film is still an option in our society today, most cameras today are digital. Back in the day when all I shot was 35mm, medium format of 4x5 film cameras, we had few options to ensure the image had proper exposure. When a client paid me to provide good images, sticking with the science of photography was important.

Sometimes, with medium and larger format cameras, we could attach a Polaroid back to the camera as confirmation. The true image came when the lab delivered the film, or when I did it in my darkroom. In those days, we didn't have a digital display on the back of the camera with instant feedback.

Today, the skills of photography are still important to have consistency in your work. When an image needs some extra touch, or as an artist, you want to create something amazing, today's photo editing software will do the trick for you.

Here’s a Look at the Tools.

As the reviewer, I either have used, or continue to use, these tools in my creative workflow. I plan to do a detailed look at each in upcoming posts. To stay informed of the latest news, Subscribe to the Newsletter. I don't like Spam, so you won't get any by signing up.

Here's the list (Entered Alphabetically).



Photoshop is the "Industry Standard" for Photo Editing

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  • Corel PaintShop Pro is a Complete Photo Editing Studio
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Technology.
  • Easily crop areas to alter the focus using composition guides, Golden Ratio and Rule of Thirds.
  • Resize with ease using one of several presets, or resize by pixels, percentage or print size.
  • Restore and repair old photos.
  • Remove Tool takes out unwanted Objects or People.
  • Cut Tool cuts or crops objects from your photos and paste them onto other pictures and backgrounds.
  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and clear up minor blemishes.
  • Fix Old Photos.
  • Clone Tool.
  • Remove Backgrounds.
  • Easily create impressive photo montages.
  • A Game-Changer in Photo Editing
  • Fast Raw Processing
  • AI-Powered Photo Editing
  • Free Resources, Tutorials and Training Videos
  • Easily Combine Photos with Composites

Photo editing

This is an incredible piece of software.

  • Master portrait retouching with intuitive AI tools.

  • Create a bokeh effect with any lens in any light

  • Remove the background without masking.

  • Relight backlit photos in 3D with virtual flash.

  • And More...
  • Sharpen, Remove Noise, and Increase Resolution with Artificial Intelligence
  • Shoot in Low Light with the Cleanest Results.
  • Correct heavy noise and soft focus.
  • Restore focus on the most important details


  • Viewer Pro
  • Portrait Pro
  • Panorama
  • HDR
  • Montage
  • Retoucher, and More…
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