Choosing Photo Editing SoftwareThe first thing you should consider before looking at software packages, is to decide how you plan to manipulate photographs and photo-images Think carefully about whether you need just the basic features used by typical amateur photographers, or whether you are going to want the high-end features that professionals use.
Note also that the programs described here also generally include tools for drawing on, painting on, and manipulating bitmap images, regardless of how they originated, so although these programs are primarily used with photo-images, don't imagine that you are limited to just those - you can start from existing non-photo images, screen shot, or from a blank canvas.
You should also think about your budget - how much are you prepared to spend on the software? You should of course bear in mind any special offers or discounts that may be available. For example, many software packages are available in educational or academic versions to bona-fide students and members of educational institutions (usually such versions have a full set of features, but check!), and if such a discount is available to you, and suitable for your needs, you will of course want to take advantage of it.
Once you have though about these matters, it is now time to start looking at programs. Here are some of the options that you should consider:
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