How To find the Right Image Editor for You
How To find the Right Image Editor for You

There are many different choices when it comes to image editors. From the powerful to the simple there’s something for everyone. Which one is for you? Read on to see what type of image editor will best suit your needs and budget.

You do are a graphic/UI/UX designer or digital artist:

Both Photoshop and GIMP offer powerful image editing and image manipulation abilities and tools. GIMP is free and open source while Photoshop is available from Adobe via a Cloud Subscription. They both provide the flexibility to create nearly any kind of graphic, mockup or edit any image.

You are a professional photographer:

  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Photoshop

Lightroom is great for batch editing photographs and offers a variety of effects and image enhancements and fixes. Photoshop of course is very powerful and offers the ability for nearly limitless image adjustments. While either one is great for photographers using them together can cut down on image editing times while providing excellent results.

You are a digital artist or illustrator:

These programs offer versatile effects, settings and abilities. They also offer graphics tablet integration and support allowing for a more natural workflow and the brush strokes you can only get from a pen.

You are a blogger or social media manager:

  • Canva
  • Picmonkey

Canva and Picmonkey are great online apps that offer freemium services. Both are simple editors that make creating memorable graphics for social media and blogs quick and easy. Canva offers many different premade templates to work from as well as the freedom to create your own from scratch.

SVG/Vector Graphics

Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard when it comes to creating vector graphics. It’s powerful enough to create logos, digital artwork, mockups, infographics and more. Not to be out done the free and open source Inkscape offers many of the same abilities and tools as Illustrator at a very affordable price point.

Animation & 3D Work

While the days of Flash websites might be over the program isn’t obsolete yet! Flash can allow you to create interactive games and videos, and animations. For those digital artists in the 3D modeling field there’s the powerful Maya and its open source counterpart Blender. Both offer an array of tools and abilities to help you create the most realistic 3D models you can design.

Choosing the right tool for the job will not only help you get the job done quickly and efficiently but it can save you money in the long run. Not everyone needs the power of industry leading software like Photoshop or Maya. Sometimes simpler free or freemium apps like Picmonkey or Canva are just what you need. What image editor do you use most? Share it with us in the comments!