Photographic Image Editors (July 2007)
Photographic Image Editors are typically used to edit existing photographic images, rather
than create images from scratch. The editing may consist of correcting defects in the
original image, improving the color and other properties of the image, preparing the image
for use in other documents such as web pages, and merging elements of separate images together
to create composites - limited only by the artistry and imagination of the user.
The goal of this review is to find the 95% solution - an image editor that will meet the
needs of 95% of the users out there. Simply counting features, as is typically done by
the most demanding users, will almost always give the same result - which for photo editors
has been Adobe Photoshop for several years. The question to be answered here is how does the
competition compare and which ones are good enough for most users.
This review is in work. Until the review is complete, I suggest the following
applications for your photographic image editor needs:
Photographic Image Editor Features
These are the minimum features that I expect from a photo editor. Having
more features does not necessarily make for a better paint program because
past a point only a very few users can benefit from the the additional features. As the review continues, the list of features may change.
- ... in work
There is an enormous range of image editors, from commercial powerhouses to
fledgling image editors. These are the programs included in this review.
User Feedback & Suggestions
I welcome any suggestions on other photographic image editors that should be considered,
or suggestions on how better to review the selected programs.