It can be a nightmare trying to find the best photo editing software, and finding it at a decent price. And let’s face it, if you’re serious about photo editing, you’re more than likely going to have heard of Adobe Photoshop. In this article we look at the industry leader Adobe Photoshop, and our own package, PhotoPlus.
What comes as a huge surprise to many is the price tag that comes with some of these editing tools. Sure, there are a whole bunch of free editing software tools around the web, and many do exactly what you want, but for those of us who care about their pictures and want to make the memories last a lifetime, they’ll be looking to invest some of their hard earned cash on a powerful photo editing tool that hits the spot, every time.
The free tools available on-line and those that come with those jazzy photography magazines usually come at the cost of running slow, not doing quite what you want, can spam your computer with other free secondary software, and just be far too complicated to start with.
So if you’re looking for a long-term solution for your photos it’s a better option to invest in a photo editing tool that really works well, and is super simple to work with straight away.
So to cut straight to the point, we are going to compare Serif’s PhotoPlus X7 for your photo editing needs compared to Adobe Photoshop CC.
Cost is key!
We’ll jump right in here with the price, as this is the main thing that we all consider before buying anything – unless you’re Richard Branson, obviously!
Photoshop CC requires a monthly fee. For £8.78 a month you can enjoy the wonders of Adobe and its Creative Cloud, which is a fairly small price, but you do have to pay continually in order to retain access.
PhotoPlus on the other hand follows suit with the normal way of purchasing software, and that is a single fee. There’s no subscription, you can use it without on-line activation and there are no additional payments. You’ll literally be up and running within minutes. And if you save to your Dropbox or OneDrive you still have the benefits of your files being in the cloud.
PhotoPlus X7 is a one off cost of £89.99 – this same price is only 10 months use of Photoshop CC (at the current promotion price) – if you upgrade every two years, you’re saving over 50%.
Photoshop CC has an ongoing monthly cost, PhotoPlus is a one off fee.
Ease of use
PhotoPlus allows you to install and start using it straight away, with an effective Start-up Assistant and Live Tutorial Feed. You literally open the application up, and everything you need is right in front of you. In some cases the interactive tutorials even show you what to do!
So if you’re an inexperienced user, you’ll definitely benefit from using PhotoPlus.
X7 also runs on older operating systems such as such as Windows XP, and Windows Vista, so you won’t have to change your computer if it’s a little out of date.
Adobe Photoshop CC has tutorials and tips built in, however they are not right in front of your eyes, and can be quite difficult to get started with. It does take a little longer to get to grips with all the tools and shortcuts if you’re not the most experienced, but you’ll soon be up and running after a bit of research. CC also runs on Mac or PC, but only newer versions of the operating systems, so it’s best to check before making any purchase.
For the professional
Photoshop CC has been designed for professionals, and all of the features available in the software have been targeted towards the heavier user. Its editorial capabilities are extremely powerful, and give you the tools to create amazing photos. If you have a more in-depth knowledge of photo editing, then Photoshop could be the program for you.
For the average person that takes a few photos on their phone, tablet or digital camera, PhotoPlus’ simple features and usability are more within your reach. Its quick set up, easy-to-use filters and editing tools allow you to creating stunning images with just a few clicks.
Photoshop CC has been designed for professionals and is extremely powerful but If you’re an inexperienced user, you’ll definitely benefit from using PhotoPlus.
So, which one are you going to choose?
In a world filled with so many different kinds of software, and the ever growing software industry, it can be a really daunting task to go on the hunt for the right one for you.
Serif PhotoPlus X7 and Adobe Photoshop CC are just two of the main photo editing software programs available on the market, so choosing between them can be a hard decision.
But in summary, Photoshop is more powerful and tailored to the professional user, but PhotoPlus X7 is easier to get to grips with and costs less.