Post Processing for Photographers :: Digital Photo Secrets

Which Editor Is Best?

Are you just starting with Post Processing and don't yet have an image editor? This page will help you choose.

I don't have an Editing Program

If you don’t have an editing program, I recommend you purchase Photoshop Elements. It’s available as a digital download (so you will receive immediately) from Amazon and costs around US$80. There are no ongoing subscription fees, so you can continue to use this version for as long as you want. Purchase Elements here.

Then purchase the Elements Edition of Post Processing for Photographers.

Editing Program Features

Photoshop Elements is the most popular image editor on the market today. It’s reasonably priced (around US$80) and has most of the features you’ll ever need for post production of your photos. It doesn’t have the advanced features of Photoshop CC, but you will rarely need these features. Purchase a digital edition from Amazon.

Adobe Lightroom has been designed with the photographer’s workflow in mind. It specializes in post processing your images, and in organizing many thousands of photos in your library. You can purchase from Amazon for around US$150.

Photoshop CC is the grand-daddy of image editing programs. It can handle almost any editing task you throw at it! However, with that power also comes complexity. Traditionally, Photoshop CC/CS cost many thousands of dollars, but Adobe has recently switched to a subscription system and you can purchase for $20/month (or $10/month if you commit to a full year). Photoshop also comes with a 1 month trial.

Photoshop CC and Lightroom for US$10 month. Adobe currently has a special offer where you receive the latest version of Photoshop CC, and Lightroom for only US$10/month. There are some catches though – you must commit to a full year (so the full cost is $120), and if you stop paying, you can no longer use the software. However, you’ll automatically be upgraded to the latest software as soon as new versions are released. Take up the offer here.

I have an Older Version of One Of These Programs

My videos were produced using the latest version of all software when created (Elements 12, Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC 2014), you might already own an older version.

In most cases, you’ll be fine. Most of the techniques I teach have been a staple of all editing programs for years, so they will be available in your version too. However, the features might have moved to different menus, so you might need to do a little hunting. If you can’t find a feature, feel free to ask me via my special customers-only support email.

Another option is to upgrade. If you have a previous version of Lightroom or Photoshop CS, you can upgrade to the latest version at a reduced price (Upgrade for Lightroom; > Upgrade for Photoshop).

I Use A Different Editor

Unfortunately, I am not able to support every photo editor that has been released. I’ve chosen the above three because they are the most popular and easy to use, and available for both PC and Mac.

However, you are free to use your own editor for the course. Most editors are able to perform all the post processing I’ll talk about in this dash. As my videos are tailored to each of the above programs, you will need to do some searching to find how your program names each feature, and where it is found in the menus. I recommend purchasing the Elements version of this course as that has the most generic features.

Choose Your Preferred Editor

Each of my videos is tailored to the three most popular image editors on the market today - Elements, Photoshop and Lightroom. There is a different video for each editor, so you can follow along on your computer. Purchase the set matching your editor, or order multiple sets.

Photoshop Elements

Photoshop Elements is the most popular image editor on the market today. It’s reasonably priced (around US$80 from Amazon) and has most of the features you’ll ever need for post production of your photos. Elements doesn't have the advanced features of Photoshop CC, but as a photographer you will rarely need these features.

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Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom has been designed with the photographer’s workflow in mind. It specializes in post processing your images, and in organizing many thousands of photos in your library.

The big advantage of Lightroom is that never changes your original images - it always works on a copy which means you can undo all your changes at any time.

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Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC is the grand-daddy of image editing programs. It can handle almost any editing task you throw at it! However, with that power also comes complexity. Traditionally, Photoshop CC/CS cost many thousands of dollars, but Adobe has recently switched to a reasonably priced subscription system.

Purchase Now - $29

Use a Different Editor?

Not a problem! The techniques I show can be easily adapted for whatever post processing editor you use.

Purchase the Elements edition which will be the closest to your editor.

Purchase Now - $29