The answer to the best graphics design software can vary from designer to designer, some say Adobe software’s, apple users may say Affinity but the thing is, it really depends on your own personal preference. In this guide, we aren’t going to tell you the best software’s but we will tell you some of the advantages and disadvantages of various software’s. Please be aware that some of these software’s are not for beginners and will require some time to become efficient with them.


Adobe Photoshop

Of course, this was going to make the list, arguably the most fashionable design software in the world, with over 5 million active licences globally it’s not surprising that photoshop can be used on a basic AND professional level.

Photoshop can be used straight out of the box to perform tasks such as removing backgrounds, adding colour corrections to give even a standard camera photo a professional feel and new artwork images can be made.

Photoshop is not the easiest software to get to grips with but it certainly is not the hardest, a lot of this is achieved by the layout of tools and icons, they are very simple and easily recognisable. Photoshop is also very good for editing multiple images as you can quickly and easily take from and add to different artwork tabs.

Although photoshop can be relatively simple to use it is certainly not a beginner software, this does not mean beginners can’t use it… but it is not designed for beginners and it does come with many features that will take a while to get used to master. Many people us the software daily and still can learn new things out of the blue which is why it is such a popular download. I would not recommend this product to beginners simply because they can make use of maybe a free software until they are more attuned and comfy with such things. Another point to keep in mind is that photoshop is a pretty beefy piece of software which needs the PC to go with it.

Check it out here.



Phase One Capture One Pro 10

Capture One started out as a dedicated software tool for Phase One’s professional medium-format cameras, but it’s been developed into a very powerful raw conversion and image-editing tool for any camera owner. Like Lightroom, it can import your images into a centralised, searchable database and then apply non-destructive adjustments and pre-set effects. Your original images are never directly modified, and the changes are only made permanent when you export processed JPEG or TIFF versions. But there’s more to this program than the bare specs suggest, because Capture One Pro’s raw conversions are quite superb, often extracting visibly sharper detail, with less noise, than Adobe Camera Raw.

Check it out here.

Affinity photo 1.5

For some, this is a cheaper and more cost-effective solution to photoshop as it requires no large upfront fee OR monthly subscriptions. All together you can pick this up for around £50 or less and it will also perform very well. In my opinion, this software is the only true industry rival when it comes to photo editing… Just like the Adobe version, it comes with some heavy features and tools which can be used by professional photographers and designers. As this has been designed to compete with photoshop it has taken a lot from it, such as the ability to open, read and edit PSD files which are native to photoshop but this does not mean it has taken photoshops tools and used them… it has avoided copying them in that sense as they want to develop their own brand of software’s such as Affinity Designer and Affinity Publisher. Overall, if you wished to begin photo editing… I would recommend this software first as it is cheap and powerful. Once comfortable you could maybe invest in photoshop too but you will never lose this software as it is a onetime fee!

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GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Program is a fantastic free to use alternative to other photo editing software’s such as photoshop. Although it is a free solution it still manages to cram in some great professional quality tools for fine tuning images. Just Like photoshop, GIMP offers things like selective layers, customizable brushes, automatic image enhancement tools and support for many plugins, do be aware that some come pre-installed but others must be downloaded. One thing I do like about GIMP is the community surrounding the product. There are genuinely people out there that are willing to help if you get stuck also like others there are many tutorials out there to help you get started. Overall, I would recommend this programme to anyone as it is free to use! This would be a great starting point if you wish to edit images!

Check it out here.



Paint.NET is a great starting point for beginners, this feature full piece of software is great on a low budget as it is free to use! One of the main points about this software is the fact its basic features are so polished it really makes up for lack of some of the more advanced tools, however this does not mean it has NO advanced features as the software is excellent for editing with levels and curves which is not basic stuff. if you do choose to use Paint.NET as your first editing software another useful thing to know is that you can download and install extra features and functions that either the community or the company make. Both of course are mostly free with maybe a few exceptions. One feature Paint.NET has that I think some more advanced options should also use is when you make any change to a photo it stores it on a list that is only limited by your hard drive which basically means you can undo as many times as you like until at the place you want.

Check it out here.

So, these have been some of the best Photo Editing software’s we would recommend to you.

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