What We Use:
For pure cleaning up and editing of photographs, Adobe’s Lightroom (see the column on the left) is ideal. You can clean up images, crop, fix many flaws, and even apply some artistic filters.
But, if you want to do create art from photographs, the industry leading software for you is Adobe’s Photoshop.
Photoshop lets you do all the fixes that Lightroom has (although Lightroom’s user interface is simpler, clearer = better). But, Photoshop also gives you much more creative power. You can warp, bend, and finely control the lighting, coloring, and special effects. You can create layers to apply changes to your work. You can select/mask bits and parts of your image for special treatment (like sharpening, darkening, or whatever). And you can save resources to apply to other images.
Photoshop lets you add gradient colors, drop shadows, strokes, and other artistic touches to text. And, you can have multiple lines of text in a graphic with different effects, and you can play with layering and opacity for both texts, photographs, and other components.
Photoshop also lets you clone, replace parts of an image with parts of another. We’ve all heard of “Photoshopping” someone’s head on someone else’s body. This is the program that gave world the name for this editing technique!
If you think you might want to do more to an image than just fix errors in it or apply a filter, then give Photoshop a try. Buy a monthly subscription and use it for a few months. You may find out that it’s worth it!