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If a picture is worth a thousand words, an edited picture is worth a million. Editing a picture allows you to bring out the richness and vibrancy of colors, and its latent quality to the fore. Irrespective of the fact that today there are many run-of-the-mill editing options for photo enthusiasts and professionals alike, a picture needs an able pair of hands manipulating an equally adept tool to turn it into a connoisseurs’ delight.

Buying a state-of-the-art image editing tool, such as Photoshop, can burn a hole in your pocket, but having said that, hardcore photography professionals who swear by Photoshop would go to any lengths to get their hands on the software. However, if your editing needs are confined to a few basic or essential edits, an online photo editor might work just fine. There still remains a question though, how good is ‘just fine’.

As there is no end to creativity, how far can an online photo editing application can go on fulfilling your creative aspirations. Whilst anybody will vouch for the convenience and inexpensiveness an online editing tool offers, there are some serious limitations that beset the user.

As any die-hard enthusiast will tell you, Photoshop provides flexibility and richness of features guaranteed to amaze you. On the other hand, online editing software leaves you a bit exasperated. There are number of photo editing applications available online, LunapicPixenatePhixrPhotoshopSplashup, PixerPixlr, Phoenix, to name a few. Almost all of them provide the key features of a desktop image editor, but that is where the similarity ends.

  • A professional or a wannabe in the field of graphic design and photography would want something more than what these online programs have to offer
  • Online software, though usually free, comes in trial forms or have advanced features disabled, luring you to buy their premier versions
  • Online editing software runs in browsers and tends to be slow as it is dependent on  bandwidth speed
  • You will be limited on the tools available. If you are using an application for a hobby, there may be enough tools, but if you are a pro, at best, you can improve the photo quality
  • Seamless integration used by a standard desktop photo editor to make imports and exports to and from other applications is missing in most of the online applications

Where does this leave you, especially if you expect nothing but the best from your editing application? Either you can buy licensed software and learn the skills yourself, or let the professionals do the job for you. In the former case, mastering Photoshop skills, may take years of hands-on experience. However, using the services of an expert photo editor is something worth giving a try. You can even outsource your editing work to professional editors, for whom producing eye-catching pictures is all in a day’s work.

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos or writing travel articles for Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov

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