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Discussion in 'iMac' started by azfalcons, Jul 26, 2015.
What is the best software or what do you all recommend for using to edit photos?
That depends on what you want to accomplish. Is it doing some basic fixing of colors or cropping of you iPhone photos on the one end of the continuum or doing artistic work on the other end? Give us more information and we can give you better help.
The best standalone photo-editing software is probably going to be Lightroom CC 2015 for about 10 dollars a month. You can opt for the entire Adobe CC package, but i think that's about 20 dollars a month for non-students. That comes with Photoshop too, along with about 20 other programs.
The wife has a nice Nikon she uses and on the of she does everything through photoshop. Wasn't sure what the best Mac program would be or just stick with photoshop
OP, as above we really need more information, however I hope you find the following useful:
Beyond the already installed Photos app you have a choice of Lightroom 6 either stand alone life time licence for around £100 or via monthly subscription along with Photoshop for around £9.99 a month ( probably US dollars is cheaper as we get shafted in the UK )
Most editing work can be done in Lightoom. It is also a full photo management software, for catalogue photos and uploading to Flickr or Facebook or whatever. Many many professionals use it and there are hundreds of tutorials on the web.
Photoshop has a steep learning curve, again the professionals choice but for home use rarely used unless you are blending photos or other specialist need.
Dedicated Mac software includes Pixelmator, available from the App Store. Very very good value, does layers and all sorts of other tricks. I use it mainly for removing unwanted objects or people, it works very well with Lightroom.
You also have Capture One Professional which is a RAW editing software like Lightroom. More expensive than Lightroom but many people ( myself included) believe it gives better results.
So basically, plenty choice depending upon your need. You can try Lightroom and Capture One Pro for 30 days free of charge. That's what I did, best of luck with it.
I would say a combination of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop would be the best. You can get the two as the Creative Cloud Photography bundle for $9.99USD per month, currently.
After that, there are a number of quite competent apps, including a few freeware apps like GIMP and Darktable.
Lightroom would be my recommendation because it's what I use to organize and do basic touch-up to RAW images. Since your wife is already comfortable with Photoshop there is no reason for her to not continue with it.
Take the plunge and get Lightroom. There's a little bit of a learning curve, but like somebody already mentioned, there are loads of tutorials out there. It is an outstanding photo organizing program and the editing features are more than adequate for most amateur photographers.
Stick with Photoshop. It's the standard. Check out the Photography Creative Cloud subscription; it includes Ps and Lightroom and Bridge and probably costs you less than you've paid for Photoshop itself. I think that you can use Ps and Lr in that package on two machines, so with one subscription you could perhaps use it on both her PC and your Mac, for instance.
Ended up buying Lightroom 6.0 standalone non-creative cloud edition for about $150 and it works great.