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What are the most popular software brands for editing photos?

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The most popular photo editing software brand among professionals is Adobe Photoshop CC, according to both Creative Bloq and Digital Camera Review, and other popular options are Gimp and Aperture. Adobe Photoshop CC can be purchased with a monthly subscription through Adobe Creative Cloud Service.

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Adobe provides a budget option, Photoshop Elements 11, that is popular with lower-end users. It has fewer features but is very intuitive at a consumer level. For small color adjustments and keeping images organized and backed up, Lightroom is another popular piece of software by Adobe. An alternative to Lightroom is Apple's Aperture; it has many of the same functions but only works on a Mac. A popular freeware editor is Gimp, which requires a little extra technical know-how but can perform a lot of the same functions as its paid counterpart Photoshop. Gimp works on Mac OS, Windows and Linux platforms.

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