Image Editing Programs

There are a lot of programs to help you edit or retouch your photos. Each accomplishes different tasks, uses different commands and takes a different amount of time and money.

Adobe alone offers several options: Photoshop, Fireworks, Illustrator, Macromedia and FreeHand. Others include Microsoft Publisher, GIMP and Corel Paint Shop. You could also download an online image editor or pay someone to fix your photos.

The choices are overwhelming. Fotofix suggests that you consider the following when trying to decide if you should buy an editing program:

How much time do you have? Learning a new editing program is extremely time-consuming and doesn't translate into expertise in any other program. A downloadable image editor can take a substantial amount of time to learn, and these programs are extremely limited in what they can accomplish. The more complicated features of a program may take a long time to learn and hinge on knowing how to operate the easier features.

If you do happen to have plenty of free time on your hands, research the various available programs, decide what editing tasks you need or want to accomplish and compare the features to determine which is best for you.

How much money do you have? Editing programs and classes tend to be extremely expensive. However, if you're going to use it frequently, a quality program may be a worthy investment.

Many people get caught up in the idea of editing their own photos before they know much about how to actually do it. For example, if you buy a $1000 editing program and then decide after four photos it's "not your thing," you'd end up paying $250 per self-edited photo.

Although an online image editor may seem like a good alternative, they only do a fraction of what a for-purchase program does. Plus, if you download a program that turns out to be unsafe, you could end up paying a chunk of change to debug your computer.

Bottom line: Make sure you get your money’s worth if you decide to buy an editing program.

How much patience do you have? Learning a new computer program can be a daunting task for even the most tech-savvy among us. Many people don’t like to spend hours dissecting a user’s manual or sitting on hold to get a question answered.

Editing programs are complicated for a reason: they do remarkable things. However, learning to do these things can come at a price.

For people who want great-looking photos without the hassle of buying an editing program, Fotofix is for you. We know both your time AND your money are valuable.

FotoFix provides you with professional and individualized alterations of your photos but only charges a fraction of what other companies charge. Click here to submit your photo and see what FotoFix can do!

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