Almost all the software applications reviewed and described on Life after Photoshop are available as a free trial, and here are the links. I always recommend using the trial version before making your mind up.
All information was correct at the time of writing. Some publishers do change their links and their offers from time to time and I will update this list as soon as I learn of any changes.
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- Download Lightroom: 7-day free trial
- Download Capture One 20: 30-day free trial
- Download DxO Nik Collection: 30-day free trial
- Download DxO PhotoLab: 30-day free trial
- Download Exposure X5: 30-day free trial
- Download ON1 Photo RAW 2020: 30-day free trial
- Download Aurora HDR 2019: 7-day free trial
- Download Luminar 4: 7-day free trial
Download Lightroom: 7-day free trial
To get the Lightroom trial you need to choose a Photography Plan that includes it. These include the Lightroom Plan with 1TB, the regular Photography Plan with both versions of Lightroom and Photoshop but only 20GB of storage, and the Photography Plan with 1TB which gives you Lightroom and Photoshop and 1TB storage for Lightroom CC.
- Lightroom CC review
- Lightroom Classic CC review
- More Lightroom articles
- Download Lightroom/Photography Plan trial • Click Compare Plans and select Start free trial for the plan you want
Note that you only get a 7-day trial for these Photography Plans, and you will have to give payment information at the start and remember to cancel your subscription ahead of the first payment if you decide not to proceed.
Download Capture One 20: 30-day free trial
Capture One 2020 is a direct rival to Adobe Lightroom, with more sophisticated RAW processing and local adjustment tools, powerful tethered shooting controls and the ability to be used as a catalog or in a ‘sessions’ workflow. It’s extremely powerful, produces wonderful results and can work with external photo editors too. See for yourself by downloading the 30-day trial.
- Capture One 20 review
- More Capture One articles
- Download Capture One trial • Click the Try it free button
Download DxO Nik Collection: 30-day free trial
The Nik Collection is one of the best regarded plug-in collections ever released. It’s now owned and developed by DxO, and version 3 brings a brand new non-destructive workflow and a new Perspective Efex perspective correction plug-in.
- DxO Nik Collection 3 review
- More Nik Collection articles
- Download the DxO Nik Collection trial • Use the Free trial menu on the top menu bar
Download DxO PhotoLab: 30-day free trial
DxO PhotoLab offers exceptional RAW processing and lens corrections, and powerful local adjustments too. The Elite edition costs more but it’s the one to get for the superb DxO PRIME Denoise and ClearView haze reduction. If you want perspective correction you’ll also need to get DxO Viewpoint. You have a 30-day free trial to help you make your mind up.
- DxO PhotoLab 3.2 review
- More DxO PhotoLab articles
- Download the DxO PhotoLab trial • Use the Free trail menu on the top toolbar
Download Exposure X5: 30-day free trial
Exposure X is an all-in-one photo browsing, editing and effects tool that specialises in analog/vintage looks but is also a highly effective everyday photo editor with RAW processing, lens and perspective corrections, tone and colour adjustments, retouching tools and local adjustments with layers and masks.
- Exposure X5 review
- More Exposure X articles
- Download the Exposure X5 trial • Use the various Free trial links on the page
Download ON1 Photo RAW 2020: 30-day free trial
ON1 Photo RAW is another all-in-one photo organiser, editor and effects tool and it goes even further than Exposure X to offer a non-destructive layers workflow for composite images and montages. Which one is best? Both have their advantages – but you can download the ON1 Photo RAW 2020 30-day trial to decide for yourself.
- ON1 Photo RAW 2020 review
- ON1 360 review
- More ON1 Photo RAW articles
- Download the ON1 Photo RAW 2020 trial • Look for the big Try it free button
Download Aurora HDR 2019: 7-day free trial
Aurora HDR is an extremely powerful HDR application that can merge bracketed exposures or work with single RAW files, and comes with an array of striking HDR effects and presets – but you can modify these or create your own effects from scratch using the program’s extensive HDR, tone and colour adjustments. It even supports image layers.
- Aurora HDR 2019 review
- More Aurora HDR articles
- Download the Aurora HDR 2019 trial: Save $10/£10 with coupon code “LAWTON” if you buy • Note: to get the free trial, use the drop-down Aurora HDR menu at the top of the Skylum web page and choose Download Trial.
Download Luminar 4: 7-day free trial
Luminar is another all-in-one program, and bristling with AI technology that brings new augmented reality tools and intelligent object recognition and selections to photo-editing. It’s brash, wild and exciting, but not at all like a regular photo editor. Will you like it? Note: to get the free trial, use the drop-down Luminar menu at the top of the Skylum web page and choose Download Trial.