I edit photos regularly and I have to use powerful packages to get the best results.
Adobe Photoshop definitely, but Corel paint shop pro (previously Jasc Paint Shop Pro) is not far behind. PhotoPlus 6 is a free photo editor with all the essentials and can allow a home user to make their photos look more professional. It’s small and easy to use.
A little higher rated than PhotoPlus 6 is Microsoft photo premium 10 (also known as Microsoft picture it!). It has all the tools for a professional but you need to get used to the package first for you to enjoy it. It’s good enough for a home user trying to make their pictures look a little more professional but not for a professional trying to make their picture look even more professional.
I am just fully realising the potential in Corel Paint Shop Pro. I downloaded it because a friend recommended it to me and showed a picture he had made on it, and it was a good picture, good enough to make me download it. I had for over 2 months before I used it and that was only because I had to. When I first opened the program, the way it looks and the layout is so overwhelming that I closed it straight away and if you don’t have the time, you can’t be trying things out and experimenting. I didn’t open it again for over 2 months. After I tried it and was getting the hang of it I started using it more often. A review once said it does not have all the functionality of Photoshop and not for professionals but I disagree. It’s very good for home users and professionals alike and there is not a thing you can do on Adobe Photoshop that you cannot do on Corel’s Paint Shop Pro. There are so many file formats to save in, which is very useful when you are going to continue editing a picture on another software package. It makes a new layer for everything and can open more than one document in the same window. I’m starting to love it but it does take quite a bit of space. I’ve also tried it on Windows Vista, so much more appealing.
There are different versions of Adobe Photoshop for Apple Macs and Windows. It’s also the most expensive but then it does meet industry standard. I first used it on a Mac and was impressed with the way it looked, the functionality and so on, especially with the way it looked. I downloaded it to Windows XP and wasn’t so impressed. It looked so dull and boring; Adobe could have used different skins instead of making it to use the windows shell. It’s not too over crowded with buttons and panel which you can later put on yourself. You can easily switch between Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Image Ready if you have it installed. It’s good to be able to do if you are making a gif animation. Every tool you could possibly need and it’s easy to master. Adobe Photoshop is the most popular but then, it is Adobe.