Best Photo Editing Software for 2020


If you do digital photography, you need software to edit your pictures. When they hear photo editing, many people imagine Adobe Photoshop. That’s fair. Photoshop gives you all the tools you need to create any effect you can imagine. But at the same time, you need to do a lot of work and have a lot of experience to unlock the potential of Photoshop. So, it’s not the best choice for beginners.

Adobe Photoshop:

Photoshop isn’t cheap and it’s not the simplest program, but it’s the best tool in the world. Nowadays, the only way to get Photoshop is to subscribe to one of Adobe’s subscription-based Photography plans.

Photoshop isn’t only for photographers. It’s for illustrators, designers, videographers, and artists. It lets you work with masks and layers, add ready-made filters, and make your own filters. You can change every characteristic of your photo – single colors, shades, etc… You can change the white balance and create a picture with any form: diptych, triptych, collage, etc. But you need to watch tens of tutorials to master all these features.

Affinity Photo:

Do you want a low-cost and powerful Photoshop alternative? Now you’ve got it. Affinity Photo 1.6 has the same features as the famous Adobe product, but its price is much better. Previously, Affinity Photo worked only on Mac, but now it’s available for Windows too. You can find a full comparison of Affinity Photo to Photoshop here.

It matches Photoshop in terms of selection, masking, and layer tools, and Serif, the developer of the Affinity products, has focused particularly heavily on retouching, with cloning, healing, and retouching tools, and inpainting tool for automatic object removal, and a dedicated Liquify Persona (workspace) for localized image distortion effects.

Photo lemur:

Photo lemur promises the quickest photo editing. Just drag and drop your pictures to get the result. Artificial Intelligence does all the work. This program is good for portrait photographers because of Face Finish technology, which removes imperfections, enhances eyes, and whitens teeth. The smart browsing option lets you improve multiple photos at once.

Photo lemur is a simple program for beginners. If you want to improve your pictures fast without understanding tens of options, use Photo lemur.

Aurora HDR:

This software is based on a Quantum HDR Engine powered by Artificial Intelligence. It provides 20+ tools to help you get beautiful HDR photos. At your disposal are a polarizing filter, color toning, igniting, dodge and burn, and other features. And Aurora HDR has a few exclusive tools:

  • HDR Denoise – intelligently cleans noise
  • HDR Smart Structure – improves depth and details in your images
  • HDR Clarity – boosts clarity and adds localized contrast only where needed, without touching the whole photo

Aurora HDR gives you 80 unique Looks, or presets, which can turn your photos from RAW to creative in a few seconds. Manual mode is available too. Aurora HDR comes with no subscription and a 60-day moneyback guarantee.

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