Here in 2018, we are definitely living in the age of the photograph and simple photo editing is undoubtedly a big part of the appeal.
Visual social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat are gaining in popularity with younger generations, while more traditional ones, including Facebook and Twitter, are finding themselves with an increasingly mature audience.
Thanks to the ubiquitous smartphones we all carry around with us everywhere we go, it’s a rare thing for us to not be able to capture a picture of a special moment or a beautiful scene we find stretched out before us. Most cameras now also come with a range of photo editing tools which allow us to easily apply filters, crop images, and adjust contrast/brightness/saturation etc. to make sure our snaps look amazing before we upload them to our favourite social networks.
However, while the built-in tools we’ve already discussed may be more than suitable for your average amateur photophile, some will want more comprehensive and robust photo editing software with which to spruce up their images. Thankfully, for those people looking for a more professional package, there are a host of options out there to help your pictures look amazing.
Here are three of our favourite pieces of photo editing software for Windows 10.
Movavi Photo Editor
With Movavi Photo Editor you get a fun and simple-to-use photo editing suite with a whole load of enterprise grade features thrown in. Improve framing and image composition with crop, flip, straightening and resizing tools, and enjoy features which let you tweak manual colour controls.
For those short on time, the ‘Magic Enhance’ feature will automatically improve the quality of your images, like a more advanced version of smartphone filters. Users can even remove objects from the image and replace background items to create special effects and shareable memes.
The ‘Add Makeup’ feature lets you create photo studio quality portraits with ease. Make skin flawless and smooth with advanced airbrushing features, and apply tints to lips and whiten teeth for flawless smiles. Brighten eyes with vibrancy adjustment tools, and add digital mascara, eyeshadow and blushes to complete the perfect look. You can even change hair colour to test a daring new look before applying the dye for real.
Designed from the ground up as an alternative for household name photo editing software such as Photoshop and Lightroom, Luminar Photo Editor is a fully featured and powerful software package which contains everything amateurs and professionals alike will need to create beautiful images.
You can apply one of dozens of pre-set edits and filters to get you started, and then tweak their individual sliders and settings to make them truly your own. Powerful tools such as fast object removal and noise reduction will further improve the quality of your photos with just a few clicks. You can also edit with layers, blending modes, compositing features, and raw white balance correction.
The interface is clear and simple to navigate, as well as being completely customisable, and comes with the ability to add and remove panels and toolbars as you need them. If you don’t want to customise the workspace yourself, you can choose from a range of pre-sets depending on what you want to achieve.
As a great extra feature, Luminar Photo Editor doesn’t only work as a standalone app but can also be launched as a plugin for many existing photo editing suites including Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, and Apple Photos, giving you great versatility.
While MAGIX Photostory has everything you’d expect from a professional grade photo editing software suite – including colour and lighting correction, red eye correction, and more – its real power lies in its ability to create fantastic panoramas, slideshows, and collages.
MAGIX Photostory turns your pictures into a storybook. You can add text, titles, DVD menus, and more. Take the tedium out of flicking through holiday snaps by transforming them into a delightful presentation which is sure to capture the imagination of any audience.
You can add pictures from almost any device, from smartphones right up to high end DSLR RAW format cameras, and the premium version adds virtual reality and 360-degree functionality to give you even more options.
With the VR and 360 options activated, you can use your panoramic images to create immersive worlds which people can explore from their own perspective using compatible virtual reality hardware.