In addition to the many general all-purpose photo editors that we’ve discussed so far, there are lots of great apps that focus on specific types of editing, such as HDR merging and colorizing black and white images. Some of these programs are stand-alone apps that don’t require you to have any other photo editor installed, while others are plugins that enhance the capabilities of other editors like Photoshop or PaintShop Pro.
These various applications, both stand-alone and plugin alike, have a wide range of prices. Some are completely free, while others may cost up to $200 or more! Many do offer free trials, though, so you can make sure you really like the software before making the investment.
One thing to note – even if a product is marketed as a Photoshop plugin, it’s quite likely that it will work in other photo editors as well. For instance, many Photoshop plugins are also compatible with Photoshop Elements, PaintShop Pro, PhotoPlus and even GIMP.
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