Best photo editing software: Reviews & buying advice

Thomas Macaulay
Thomas Macaulay

Thomas Macaulay

Tom is online editor. He studied English Literature and History at Sussex University before gaining a Masters in Newspaper Journalism from City University. He's particularly interested in the public sector and the ethical implications of emerging technologies.


Photos have been manipulated since the early days of photography in the 19th century, when snappers would use ink, paint and scratches to alter their pictures. The emergence of digital photography transformed the editing possibilities.

The usability, features and prices of today's editing apps vary immensely. The best pick for you will depend on the type of images you take, the purpose of your editing and the time you want to spend doing it.

Advanced photo editing software can have a hefty price tag attached, but there are also more affordable options on the market with an impressive range of features.

Our top picks overall are:

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. GIMP
  3. Corel Paintshop Pro

Read on for the full list.

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