Photo Editors for Managing Digital Photographs - dummies

By Robert Correll

Managing your photos involves finding the best way to name, store, edit, process, and keep track of the photo files on your computer. The more photos you have, the more you’ll find it helpful to have a program assist you.

Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is the industry standard graphics editor. It has no photo management tools. Photoshop is available by subscription from Adobe, through Creative Cloud.

Photoshop can be used for things that Lightroom can’t do, or does poorly. You can handle all basic image processing in Lightroom and, if necessary, export the photo to Photoshop to finish it. You can remove distractions from photos, create complicated layers to isolate adjustments to certain parts of the photo (the background, for example, or a person’s face), apply creative filters, and more. The figure shows that several layers have been created to handle different edits in this photo of a waterfall. Photoshop also opens and processes Raw photos with the help of Adobe Camera Raw.

Use Photoshop for more complex photo-editing tasks.

Corel PaintShop Pro

PaintShop Pro (X9 is the latest version) is an all-in-one photo editor that feels a bit like a cross between Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. You can manage, adjust, and edit photos using one application. PaintShop Pro supports Raw files from most cameras.

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

GIMP is basically free Photoshop. Do you need more? Okay. The main drawback for photographers is the lack of built-in Raw support. If you need that, pass on GIMP. If you use JPEGs only and want to try out an advanced image editor with plenty of other features for free, give it a try.