Photo Editing Software: Definition & Examples

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  • 0:04 What Is Photo Editing?
  • 0:50 Photo Editing Software
  • 1:38 Commonly Used Tools in…
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Instructor: Sudha Aravindan

Sudha has a Doctor of Education degree in math education and is currently working as a Information Technology Specialist.

When taking photographs, sometimes you may capture imperfections that you do not want to be there! In this lesson, we will learn how photo editing software can make your images look better.

What Is Photo Editing?

In the days when photographs on film were the norm, there was not much you could do to make images look better except place the photographs in a beautiful picture frame or album. Also, photographs already taken could not be changed, and you may even have unwanted artifacts in the pictures, like a cat running across the yard or a bird flying overhead. What do you do now?

Today there are software programs for editing photographs that allow us to take digital images and edit the images to make them look more visually appealing. Computer editing software programs also have the ability to take scanned images of old film photography, convert them to digital images, and digitally restore them by removing blemishes and enhancing the contrast. There are a number of other modifications available as well.

Photo Editing Software

Adobe Photoshop has become the industry standard for editing photographs and images. You might have seen 'photoshopped' images before. For example, a well-known photoshopped image is adding your face as a fifth president among the four actual presidents in the real photograph of Mount Rushmore.

An image editing software found on all Windows computers is Microsoft Paint. Here you can do basic image corrections, like crop an image, add text, change the image size, and airbrush different colors to different parts of the image.

There are also a number of online photo editing software tools that allow you to upload a photograph and perform a number of artistic manipulations on the image, including cropping, adding borders, adding text, changing the background, adding objects to the background, etc.

Commonly Used Tools in Photo Editing

There are a number of tools made available in photo editing software; we will now explore some of them.

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