The Alien Skin Exposure X4.5 update has brought support for LUTs and new Haze and Lens Flare updates, adding to its already impressive list of features. Exposure X4.5 is a powerful, effective and engaging all-in-one photo browsing, organising and editing tool that can product hauntingly beautiful analog-inspired images. It can help recapture the emotion in photography that’s so easily lost in a world of histograms, megapixels and lab charts.
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For value for money, features, power and the sheer innovation in its editing tools, Luminar 3 is brilliant, the new 3.0.2 update has fixed a couple of early frustrations in the Libraries feature and Luminar has come a long way in a short time.
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Verdict: 4 stars ★★★★ AI Gigapixel isn’t magic and isn’t perfect, but it does take a different approach to other blow-up apps that sometimes comes off. It’s perhaps the least worst solution for a situation you’d rather not be in. Continue reading Topaz Labs AI Gigapixel 2.1.1 review
Verdict: 4 stars ★★★★. PhotoLab’s RAW processing, lens corrections and local adjustments tools are just as spectacular as they ever were, but its new ‘PhotoLibrary’ feature feels unfinished and disappointing. Continue reading DxO PhotoLab 2.1 review
Verdict: 5 stars ★★★★★
Another photo-editor that gets a five-star rating? Yes indeed, this time for features, versatility, value and for finesse. ON1 has brought Photo RAW 2019 a long way, not just improving the tools it offers but also the whole user interface and workflow experience. Definitely try it before you make your mind up, but it really is a genuine Lightroom/Photoshop rival which adds in a huge library of ready-to-use effects.
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Verdict: 4 stars ★★★★ Luminar’s innovative approach to image-editing, its presets, workspaces and filters, are a fresh new take on the photo editing experience, and underneath is a surprisingly powerful image-editor with layers, masks and blending tools. It’s not that … Continue reading Skylum Luminar 2018 review
Verdict: 5 stars ★★★★★ With the inclusion of local adjustment tools, DxO has transformed a great RAW conversion and optical correction tool into a powerful image editor. To get the most from this software, however, it’s best to get the … Continue reading DxO PhotoLab review
ON1 Photo RAW 2017 is an all-in-one photo browsing, editing and effects tool which can work as a standalone program or as a plug-in for Lightroom or Photoshop. It’s a replacement for ON1 Photo 10.5, and it’s the latest version … Continue reading ON1 Photo RAW 2017.6 review
Photographic experimenters and artists are always looking out for new and exciting tools to expand their vision, and CyberLink PhotoDirector 9 does seem to offer some interesting and alternative approaches to photography, including 360 photo and video editing and … Continue reading CyberLink PhotoDirector 9 review
If you organise your photos by folders and find this perfectly satisfactory, then you can use any number of different programs to keep your images organised. Adobe Bridge is a good starting point as an image browser if you already … Continue reading Best image browser and cataloguing software
Choosing the best photo editing software is difficult, not just because there are so many software alternatives on the market, but because they all do different things. Some are strongest for image cataloguing, some are best at RAW conversions, others … Continue reading How to choose the best photo editing software