Best photo editing software? 7 Photoshop alternatives tested and rated

Best photo editing software? 6 Photoshop alternatives tested and rated

The photo editing software we tested

Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 review

Best Photo Editing Software: 01 Adobe Photoshop Elements 11, £79

It looks like a cut-down version of Photoshop designed for novices and intermediate photographers, but Elements actually does a lot more than you might think

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Adobe Lightroom 5 review: is this the game-changer you've been waiting for?Best Photo Editing Software: 02 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, £102.57 / $149.99 (standalone download; £57.64 / $79 for upgrade)

Offers a new approach to digital imaging that combines powerful cataloguing tools with non-destructive editing. This latest version offers a range of useful new tools like Advanced Healing, Radial Gradient and Smart Previews? Could it really replace Photoshop?

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Apple Aperture 3.4.3 Review - how it scores

Best Photo Editing Software: 03 Apple Aperture 3.4.3, £55
Apple’s professional image cataloguing and editing tool is a direct rival to Photoshop Lightroom, but at around half the price. If you own a Mac, you need to take a serious look

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Best Photo Editing Software: 04 Corel PaintShop Pro X5, Standard £60
Ultimate £80
You get image cataloguing, image editing and, in the Ultimate edition, a set of Nik special effects. And at the time of writing, PaintShop Pro is cheaper still as a download

Read our Corel PaintShop Pro X5 review

 

DxO Optics Pro 9 review

Best Photo Editing Software: 05 DxO Optics Pro 9, Standard £79, Elite £159

French optical specialist DxO has made a science of lens corrections, and DxO Optics Pro 9 can transform your camera’s pictures in an instant

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Serif PhotoPlus X6 Review - how it scores

Best Photo Editing Software: 06 Serif PhotoPlus X6, £71

It looks like Photoshop, it boasts the same tools as Photoshop (mostly), so is PhotoPlus X6 a genuine giant-killer? Serif’s got its sights set on its Adobe rival

Read our Serif PhotoPlus X6 review

 

Capture One Pro 7 Review - Final score

Best Photo Editing Software: 07 Capture One Pro 7, $299 / €229 (new version; $99 / €69 for upgrade)
Capture One Pro 7’s image  quality and new cataloguing tools give it real mass-market appeal, but its tethering features and price still push it towards the professional end of the market. Nevertheless, it’s a powerful photo editor and perhaps the strongest rival to Photoshop

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PAGE 2: The photo editing software we tested
PAGE 3: How we tested this photo editing software
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