If you are serious about your photography, which you should be considering you’re reading a blog about commercial art, you would know the value a photo editor brings to your workflow. Photo editing today is not what many people associate it with – the use of filters and heavy presets. It’s rather something much more subtle that helps give your images that extra ‘pop’ when you need. It can be taken to an extreme level too if you’re someone who likes using photos as a base for digital art etc., but generally speaking, professional use photo editors to fix up flaws in their photos and add a creative element to their artwork.
So, if you haven’t chosen a favorite image editor just yet, here are a few key tips to keep in mind.
Determine Your Needs
Every photo editor today strives to make itself stand out from the crowd because there are just too many to choose from. Some editors focus more on professional presets, while others focus less on creative effects but more on the removal of noise. So, before moving ahead, you should have a fair idea of what you need your image editor to do for you.
Use Those Trials
Check out some lists of the best photo editing software for beginners online, and then see which of those offer free trial versions. Having access to a fully featured trial version of an editor will help you understand what it does much better than reading about it or watching reviews. So, go ahead and download some different editors’ trials and then use them for a good amount of time to see what works better.
Mind the Price
Most professional-grade photo editors don’t come free. They range from quite inexpensive to very expensive. However, this does not necessarily mean that every cheaper editor is worse than every expensive one. Despite that, you should be aware of the price you’ll have to pay to use an editor before you download its trial. It wouldn’t be ideal to fall in love with an editor only to find out you can’t afford it. So, do your research beforehand and be smart about the one you choose.
Another point to note here is that while some editors come for a one-time fee, others employ a subscription model. This latter option might seem more feasible because of the lower amount you see on the screen but know that this cost adds up to a lot over a period of months and years.
That’s about it for this one. These suggestions may seem simple but will surely help you make the right choice when it comes to choosing a photo editor.