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Since the advent of the digital camera software has all but replaced the darkroom, so much so that is a computer is often referred to as a photographers? digital darkroom. Photo editing software has become the second most important tool in the photographers? arsenal, behind their camera equipment, and in some cases more important. The number of different editing packages are staggering, and come in many different forms, some are bundled all together, known as Editing Suites, others come alone, often referred to as stand alone, they cover everything you could possibly want to achieve in your post processing.
So what software do you need? Well that is a bit of a difficult question to answer. If you shoot in RAW, the first bit of software you will require is a RAW processor, like Adobe Camera RAW or Lightroom (the leading manufacturers? software) or a multitude of other packages some of which usually comes bundled with an SLR camera, this allows the tweaking of white balance or exposure that shooting in RAW is great for.
Once you have processed your RAW file how you like it, you will likely use another photo editing package, such as Photoshop the leading package of the moment or GIMP, probably the best known free software around at present, there are again many of these available including some that are online editors, useful if you are out and have no access to your usual software. These will be ideal for tweaking further, adding layers, adjusting levels or sharpening, among others.
Beyond this there are plugins, filters or further software, like noise reduction software, all items that allow many other techniques to be achieved such as portrait professional a piece of kit that will allow portraits to be airbrushed in a professional manner.
The best way to know what you need is to try and trials or read the details of what the software does, and go from there. We have tutorials and tips on some of the software on our how to post process pages, if you need any more help.
One thing that is important to remember though is photography or photographic software is not just about image manipulation. No there are all manner of pieces of software out there for the photographer that might help other aspects, for example finding sun rise/set directions, recovering lost data from a memory card or any manner of other important aspects. We have tried to include as many of those as possible as well.
On these pages our aim is to offer links to as many software packages, both commercial and free as we can find, but if we miss any please let us know.
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Film Free Projection
Film Free Projection; a program developed for camera clubs to run their traditional club competitions but with a digital projector connected to a laptop computer.
Julieanne Kost's Blog
Indepth tutorials, training, techniques and shortcuts for working with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
Nova Photography Training
Our software courses are designed to help you learn the most useful digital processing techniques that will help you realise the full potential of your photos.
Since 1993, ACD Systems International Inc. has been one of the world?s leading providers of image management and technical illustration software.
Adobe - Lightroom
Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3 software helps you bring out the best in your photographs, whether you're perfecting one image, searching for ten, processing hundreds, or organizing thousands.
Adobe - Photoshop Family
Create powerful images with the professional standard
Apple - Aperture 3
The new Aperture 3 gives you powerful yet easy-to-use tools to refine images, showcase your photography, and manage massive libraries on your Mac. It?s pro performance with iPhoto simplicity.
Artise Golden Section
This program is a unique design tool for artists, designers, programmers, photographers. It allows you to design using the golden section proportion visually over your preferred design software.
Welcome to AutoStitch. If you have an iPhone, please check out our new iPhone version of AutoStitch below! If you're looking for the Windows demo version, you can download it using the link above, or read on to find out more about AutoStitch. Thanks for visiting!
Bibble 5 is an ambitious project to revolutionize Digital Photographic Workflow. Expanding on Bibble 4's speed and power, Bibble 5 is designed to unite unparalleled photographic editing capability and blazing speed in a sleek, modern interface.
Breeze Systems - Breeze Browser Pro
It's a compact and robust downloadable software program that uses a "browser" style interface to present and organize digital images, convert raw images, generate web pages, link geo-tagged images with Google Earth? and online maps, produce proofs and contact sheets. BreezeBrowser Pro handles most major digital image formats.
Breeze Systems - Digital Photo Booth
Breeze Systems' photo booth software powers rental photobooths worldwide. Guests start the booth using a touchscreen or pushbutton, see themselves pose live on screen as the software automatically takes a series of photos and prints them out so that guests can take away a unique memento of the occasion.
Breeze Systems - Remote Pro
Breeze Systems also provides customized remote capture applications for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras and PowerShot cameras. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements.
Camera Bits - Photo Mechanic
Photo Mechanic is a standalone image browser and workflow accelerator that lets you view your digital photos with convenience and speed.
Plugins for photoshop/Gimp/infraview
Corel - Paintshop Pro
Ideal for everyone from home users to professional photographers, Corel digital photo-editing software helps you bring out the best in every photo. Easily fix, enhance, share and protect your digital images with photo-editing tools that are fast, powerful and fun.
A mix of paid for and freeware software for photographers.
Dynamic Photo-HDR is a next generation High Dynamic Range Photo Software with Pin-Warping, Anti-Ghosting, Fusion and Color Matching.
Face off Max
Having a new body? Appearing on a magazine cover or in a celebrity group photo? Face Off Max lets you put any face into any situation no matter how fantastic!
FastStone Image Viewer (Freeware)
FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping and color adjustments.
FastStone MaxView (Shareware)
FastStone MaxView is a fast, compact and innovative image viewer that supports all major graphic formats. Its intuitive layout lets you view images in a variety of ways.
FastStone Photo Resizer (Freeware)
FastStone Photo Resizer is an image converter and renaming tool that intends to enable users to convert, rename, resize, crop, rotate, change color depth, add text and watermarks to images in a quick and easy batch mode. Drag and Drop mouse operation is well supported.
FastStone Screen Capture (Shareware)
FastStone Capture is a powerful, lightweight, yet full-featured screen capture tool that allows you to easily capture and annotate anything on the screen including windows, objects, menus, full screen, rectangular/freehand regions and even scrolling windows/web pages
An online photo editing tool.
Foto SF is the business software for photographers to help you organise & market your business like never. The easy-to-use photo studio management software which gives back the control you need for your business.
This is the official GIMP web site. It contains information about downloading, installing, using, and enhancing it. This site also serves as a distribution point for the latest releases. We try to provide as much information about the GIMP community and related projects as possible. Hopefully you will find what you need here. Grab a properly chilled beverage and enjoy.
the ultimate cropping solution for Photoshop
More than 1.5 million users worldwide swear by GraphicConverter X | Classic ? from amateur photographers to professional designers. The press has dubbed the program the equivalent of the "Swiss penknife" describing it as a "universal genius for photo editing on the Mac"
HeliconSoft - DCRAW
DCRAW is an open source program to convert numerous RAW formats.
HeliconSoft - Helicon Filter
Helicon Filter is a complete photo editing solution for the digital photographer.
HeliconSoft - Helicon Focus
Helicon Focus is a program that creates one completely focused image from several partially focused images by combining the focused areas.
HeliconSoft - Helicon Photo Safe
Helicon Photo Safe is all-in-one solution for image management. We made it completely FREE!
Human Software Co.
Plugins for a multitude of imaging software packages.
Imagenomic - Noiseware
Noise reduction software, stand alone or as a photoshop plugin
Imagenomic - Portraiture
Portraiture is a Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture plugin that eliminates the tedious manual labor of selective masking and pixel-by- pixel treatments to help you achieve excellence in portrait retouching.
Imagenomic - RealGrain
If you long for the darkroom age, the soft, warm graininess of the film, or you seek to infuse that fuzzy, retro look or perhaps enhance your digital photos by simulating the greater range and texture of traditional film, then RealGrain is the plugin for you.
IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 , 2008, Vista, Windows 7.
Kubota Image Tools
KUBOTA IMAGE TOOLS CREATES TIME-SAVING PHOTOSHOP® PLUG-INS AND LIGHTROOM® PRESETS
Light Blue Software
Award-winning business management software for photographers
Light Blue Software - photographic business software
Award-winning business software for photographers
Lightcrafts - Aurora
Aurora brings out the natural beauty in your digital photos by allowing you to remove dark shadows, bad lighting or other problems that can ruin a photo. Aurora is a powerfully simple way to visual edit, organize, share and store your photos.
Lightcrafts - LightZone
Photo editing for professional photographers who like things made simple.
LucisArt 3 is Photoshop plug-in software that lets you quickly and easily reveal incredible image detail, create HDR images from a single image, and create numerous special effects. 5 Minute Learning Curve.
LumaPix::FotoFusion Extreme is an exceptionally powerful image layout environment designed for professional photographers like yourself.
An online photo editing site
Makers of specialist Mac photo software.
Neat Image is an image filter to reduce noise and grain in photographic images produced by digital cameras and scanners.
Nik Software, Inc. is a privately-held American company that develops software solutions for the growing digital-imaging and photography markets
Nikon Capture NX2
Nikons RAW editing software.
Noise Ninja is the most effective and productive solution for removing noise and grain from digital photographs and scanned film images.
Oloneo PhotoEngine and Oloneo HDRengine are the only application to offer digital photographers full control over light and exposure in real-time, as if they were still behind the lens.
OnOne - FocalPoint
FocalPoint 2 is an amazing new application that allows you to simulate the blur and depth of field you would think could only be done in camera.
OnOne - Mask Pro
For removing unwanted backgrounds, Mask Pro is the Photoshop plug-in recommended by Advanced Photoshop magazine.
OnOne - Perfect Layers
Perfect Layers is the fast, easy and affordable way to create layered files outside of Photoshop.
OnOne - Perfect Photo Suite
The Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 includes 7 award-winning products to help solve 7 of the most common problems photographers face.
OnOne - Perfect Resize
Genuine Fractals 7 is Perfect Resize 7. It's the same great product, just with a new name and it remains the industry standard for enlarging and resizing images.
OnOne - PhotoFrame
PhotoFrame 4.6 Professional Edition is the easiest and fastest way to add an authentic darkroom touch with a film edge or to create beautiful albums or scrapbook pages.
OnOne - PhotoTools
PhotoTools 2.6 Professional Edition is the fastest and easiest way to add a professional look to your photos in Photoshop.
OnOne - PhotoTune
Great color, it's not as hard as you think. If you can compare images side-by-side and pick the best one, then you can easily color correct and enhance your images with PhotoTune 3.
DigitalFilm is a professional software for emulating the photographic reversal film.
Optik Verve Labs
Save hours of time by instantly applying photographic effects to digital images with just one click.
Phase One - Capture one
The raw converter for ultimate image quality. Capture One Pro 6 is a professional RAW converter and image editing software.
Rotating or cutting images, removing red eyes now and then - this was yesterday. Image editing of the next generation goes further and addresses directly the weak points of digital photographs, to which even the most expensive cameras are not immune.
Photo Ps Pro.
Photo Pos Pro Photo Editor is a free photo editor offers users a wide variety of possibilities in the fields of Image Enhancing and Image Editing and in the field of Computer Graphics Design.
A large collection of fine photography filters and effects with a simple push of a button. With several families of filters: Black and white, colorize, creative and tools, the program will apply with a single click surprising effects and image enhancements to your pictures.
PhotoFiltre is a free image editor that makes a great lightweight alternative to Photoshop for users who want something more simple and easy to use.
PhotoFiltre Studio is a complete image retouching program. It allows you to do simple or advanced adjustments to an image and apply a vast range of filters on it.
If you have ever photographed a high contrast scene, you know that even the best exposure will typically have blown out highlights and flat shadows. The solution is High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing
Photoscape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.
Sometimes Photoshop can be a dream, allowing you to experiment and express your creativity. But sometimes you just have to get stuff done.
Software for automatic removal of unwanted objects in the photos
Picasa is free photo editing software from Google that makes your pictures look great. Sharing your best photos with friends and family is as easy as pressing a button!
Picnik makes your photos fabulous with easy to use yet powerful editing tools. Tweak to your heart?s content, then get creative with oodles of effects, fonts, shapes, and frames.
Pics Checkout is a unique and innovative technology that allows you to integrate images simply, effectively and automatically with your database. Our online application does this using a simple barcoding process, taking the stress out of image and data matching every time you take a picture.
Noise reduction program Picture cooler 2010 -- Vista Windows 7 --32bit and 64bit compatible.
Picture-shark is the first choice for people who want to "stamp" visible logos or text on their image files.
It is always a delight to share pictures and impressions with friends and relatives. But if you want to turn them into something special, consider creating a slideshow.
Pixelmator, the beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editor for Mac OS X has everything you need to create, edit and enhance your images.
Need a quick fix for that photo? With pixer.us you can edit your photos online using only your browser.
Welcome to the most popular advanced online image editor in the world!
Portrait Professional 9 is new portrait airbrushing software that has been "trained" in human beauty.
ProStockMaster is a free desktop software application helping to sell photos online through stock photography agencies. Adopted by thousands of amateur and professional photographers since its first launch in 2006, ProStockMaster is the first of its kind application dedicated to ease the process of working with multiple microstock and traditional stock photography agencies.
PTLens is software that corrects lens pincushion/barrel distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberration, and perspective.
To get the best quality out of your digital camera, it is often recommended that you record your pictures in RAW format. This format is mostly specific to a camera and cannot be read by most image editing applications.
Raw Therapee is a free RAW converter and digital photo processing software.
Recuva - file recovery
Accidentally deleted an important file? Lost something important when your computer crashed? No problem! Recuva recovers files deleted from your Windows computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player. And it's free!
Photobase is a unique, visually intuitive, business administration software for Professional Wedding Photographers. Allowing quick secure storage, retrieval and tracking of client information and job progress. Create; Invoices, Receipts, Quotes & Letters.
PhotoPlus Starter Edition is the amazing free digital photo editing software from Serif. This version is 100% free and is yours to keep so download it now and start editing and enhancing your photos.
Smart Shooter allows you to fully control your camera from your PC, giving you freedom to explore and experiment to help take the perfect picture
The requirements for software that you will use at an event differs from other types of photography and any software used must fit in seamlessly into your workflow.
The Photographers Ephemeris
The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE) is a tool to help with the planning of all types of outdoor photography, but particularly landscape and urban scenes.
The Photographic Organiser - photographic business software
Photographic business software
Time Exposure designs, sells and supports professional photography software and services for the professional digital photographer...
Topaz Labs - Adjust
Quickly and easily make your photos stunning by using Topaz Adjust's creative exposure, powerful detail enhancement, and unique color manipulation tools.
Topaz Labs - Clean
Topaz Clean is a powerful detail smoothing and edge stylization plug-in that simplifies advanced techniques typically used for creating smooth, flawless skin and curly, vectorized effects - allowing you to quickly and easily reduce or remove the depth of detail within images, while maintaining important structural detail and enhancing edges.
Topaz Labs - DeJPEG
Topaz DeJPEG enhances the quality of JPEG photos by enhancing photo details while eliminating JPEG compression artifacts, mosquito noise, and image blur. Topaz DeJPEG is specifically designed to make your compressed JPEG photos look the best they possibly can.
Topaz Labs - DeNoise
The Topaz DeNoise 5 image noise reduction plug-in uses IntelliNoise? technology to optimally remove noise and recover image detail.
Topaz Labs - Detail
Topaz Detail 2 employs one-of-a-kind advanced technology to optimally remove, recover and enhance image detail...without halos or artifacts.
Topaz Labs - Fusion Express
The free Topaz Fusion Express add-on allows you to easily access your favorite Topaz enhancement programs without Photoshop.
Topaz Labs - InFocus
Topaz InFocus uses the latest advancements in image deconvolution technology to restore, refine and sharpen image detail.
Topaz Labs - ReMask
Topaz ReMask is a multi-purposeful plug-in specifically engineered to handle the most common masking and extraction tasks facing photographers and designers.
Topaz Labs - Simplify
The Topaz Simplify plug-in transforms regular photos into beautiful watercolors, line art, and photorealistic paintings.
The Unidentified Flying Raw (UFRaw) is a utility to read and manipulate raw images from digital cameras. It can be used on its own or as a Gimp plug-in. It reads raw images using Dave Coffin's raw conversion utility - DCRaw.
Watermark Factory allows you to add text or image watermark to any picture. Protect your copyrights or simply add comments to any picture. This useful program has beautiful and easy to use interface. You will be able to process thousands of files in a few seconds.
Zoner Photo Studio
Software by photographers for photographers.
Photoshop User TV
The weekly Photoshop TV show featuring "The Photoshop Guys" Scott Kelby, Dave Cross and Matt Kloskowski. Presented by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP).
Photoshop Video Tutorials
Video tutorials for Photoshop
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