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Choosing an Image-Editing Program for Your Digital Photos

If you want to edit the photos you take with your digital camera, you have many choices in image-editing programs to do the job. You can get professional-level (and expensive) editing software, but you can also find less costly options — some are even free:

  • Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements: Photoshop is the (pricey!) photo-editing software for professional photographers, graphic artists, Web designers, and the like. This figure shows an image being edited in Photoshop.

    Photoshop Elements was designed to put a good number of Photoshop’s tools in a more reasonable price range.

  • Corel Paint Shop Pro: Corel Paint Shop Pro is relatively inexpensive and powerful. It was designed for regular folks, but it includes photographer-quality tools.

  • Corel PhotoPaint and Ulead PhotoImpact: Applications like Corel PhotoPaint and Ulead PhotoImpact want to compete with Photoshop, although neither does everything that Photoshop can do.

  • Corel Painter: Painter’s natural media tools let you paint on image canvases in ways that are completely different from what you can do with Photoshop.

  • Lower-end products, shareware, and freeware: The lower-end products are great for quick adjustments to size, rotation, and even simple color and contrast changes.

    If all you want to do is capture images from your digital camera and make minor adjustments to their size and general quality before sending them to friends via e-mail, these packages may be just what you need.

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