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    Best photo editing software? 7 Photoshop alternatives tested and rated

    | Accessories | Reviews | 12/03/2013 01:00am
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    How we tested this photo editing software

    Serif PhotoPlus X6 Review: is this budget photo editing software better than Photoshop?

    All of the photo editing software featured here were tested on a dual-core computer with 8Gb RAM in order to achieve a level playing field for speed and performance comparisons.

    Lightroom 4, Aperture 3.4.3 and DxO Optics Pro were run under Mac OS X 10.8, while Elements 11, PaintShop Pro X5 and PhotoPlus X6 were tested with Windows 7.

    The applications were evaluated using a range of criteria:

    • Range of tools compared to Photoshop
    • Additional options that are missing or less advanced in Photoshop
    • Ease of use and interface design
    • Range of effects and quality of results
    • Suitability for users of different levels

    The brief was principally to find which program(s) are genuine alternatives to Photoshop, but also to highlight new advances or ideas in image-editing that Photoshop users may not have considered.

    We use reviewers with long-standing experience in their respective fields, both with the products being tested and their previous versions. Our reviews also allow for the latest trends and developments in the marketplace.

    PAGE 1: Why you might want a Photoshop alternative
    PAGE 2: The photo editing software we tested
    PAGE 3: How we tested this photo editing software
    PAGE 4: Best photo editing software – our top Photoshop alternative

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    Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 at 1:00 am under Accessories, Reviews.

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