The 5 Best Photo Editing Apps for 2018

A good Pro photo editor, that can also help you with finishing up and perfect upscaling of your images, is a real lifesaver. Choosing a photo editing software is very difficult. There are few photo editors that you can rely on when editing photos and will get the most from your pics. 

To achieve best results in professional photography post-processing we have mainly these options with professional photo editing apps such as

Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Affinity Photo or Zoner Photo Studio Pro.

Let’s find out which of these photo editors can suit you the best. So let’s start with my favourite

 

Adobe Photoshop CC The 5 Best Photo Editing Apps in 2018

Adobe Photoshop CC

Annual plan, 10 EUR/mo for Creative Cloud Photo.
The pioneer of image editing and still one of the best software. I use Photoshop for nearly 60% of my image postproduction editing and image manipulation. It’s great for detailed retouching, colour correction, collages, mockups, composition and digital montages.

It is difficult to use it as a fast, day-to-day tool, for organizing images and multiple enhancement.

With the help of Adobe Bridge app, included with Photoshop CC you can organize and prepare photos before editing in Photoshop. Great work can be done with images opened from Bridge to Camera RAW, which has nearly the same functions to edit RAW files and with better results and processing than with Adobe Lightroom.

 

Adobe Lightroom The 5 Best Photo Editing Apps in 2018 Affinity Photo

Adobe Lightroom CC

The Lightroom is included Creative Cloud Photography Collection package for photographers and has all the essentials to organize, edit and share photos on your desktop and mobile devices.

It is well known for its workflow speed issues, but when you will learn the best workflow, it will offer you its amazing features.

This app works best when organizing, editing, processing and exporting photos. Image quality is very good, but if you want one of the best go for

 Capture One Pro The 5 Best Photo Editing Apps in 2018

Capture One Pro 11

from Phase One / Price: 279 EUR+VAT
One of the greatest professional raw converter and image editing software that import, convert, organize, and adjust images that need at least 8 GB RAM.

It is a bit faster than Lightroom, with the possibilities of creating great results, when properly learned. Great is that export files into PSD for better post-processing in Photoshop.

It built over the years the great quality processing as with 3-way sharpening, Engine 10 to improve image quality, Recipe Proofing to set the right settings.

 

Affinity Photo The 5 Best Photo Editing Apps in 2018

Affinity Photo

from Affinity by company Serif (Europe) Ltd. / Price: 54.99 EUR
Professional photo editing software with a huge toolset specifically engineered for creative and photography professionals.

Slower than Photoshop on startup load, opening files and HDR images.
Saving files to jpg or png force you to export the file. No adjustment layers.

It’s better in features than PS. The user interface looks somehow better than PS.
The price is quite low when you compare the monthly payments with PS.

 

Zoner Photo Studio Pro The 5 Best Photo Editing Apps in 2018

Zoner Photo Studio X

from Zoner Software / Price: 72 EUR
This photo software covers photography workflow – from downloading to sorting, managing, editing, and processing RAW images. It even displays Adobe Photoshop files.

Zoner Photo Studio recognizes the photos in your camera and automatically sorts them into folders. If you set it up, it will also rename, tag and back them up.

Great for retouching images, or creating full-blown multi-layered compositions. Best functions are HDR merge, Panorama stitching, Focus stacking, Batch processing, PSD editing, and 360° image editing.

 

Conclusion

Over the years I had used  Adobe Photoshop for the most of photo editing and mainly for image manipulation. With help of Adobe Bridge, its Camera RAW, and Adobe Lightroom, it was somehow easier to prepare and convert RAW files from cameras. But with the professional output, it was always the best to use Capture One Pro, which is perfect to prepare, process and export files with the best quality and colour accuracy possible. Affinity Photo is loved for its responsiveness but is hated for the media size it produces, and incompatibility of Photoshop add-ons. Zoner Photo Studio PRO which I tried for some time was for me a little bit difficult to use its user interface. It has the advantage to see also PSD layered files, but ended up on my secondary PC as a back up for transferring and editing photos when Photoshop and Capture One are not available.

Which photo editor would you choose and why for your image editing? Share your opinion with me!

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Comments
  1. Qitta says:

    Thank you for this review. I have noticed that it’s not that easy to switch to other professional software after having used adobe products. For example I like GIMP, it is free of charge but one should really learn from the scratch, because the functions are so different.
    I hope to become a professional one day bit now, if i need a perfect portrait i still turn to professional photo retouching services like this one https://geniusretouch.com/, i can even describe them what effect i want the photo to have in the end, and they usually do a great job. And… the annual plan for Adobe Creative Cloud changes so often… It is not 10 Eur per month any more…

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