Beginners and professionals alike may run into trouble when they encounter a photo editing tool for the first time, or switch from one photo editor to another. With so many options in the market now, you might start a project on one platform and finish it off on another. It is hard to imagine photography now without some form of editing. They have the propensity to transform a mediocre picture into a stunning image.

The majority of photo editing tools come with a manual, although they usually only scratch the surface

Reading the step-by-step guide or viewing a tutorial video where the tools are put into use is always a better option, especially for beginners. A lot of professionals have tried to do justice to different photo editing tools; you will find myriad YouTube video walk throughs on photo editing. I have made a collection to ease your navigation. Irrespective of the photo editing tool that you are using, I have come to realize that the first few steps are always identical. The first step would be to upload your image, after which you can use the tools available within the software to tweak your picture to your taste.

Adobe PhotoshopI recently came across an article that talked about 5 easy Photoshop tips for beginners. AnupGhimire walked readers through tips that would help them to become a professional in no time. You will discover how important it is to learn some of the keyboard shortcuts while working with Photoshop. Next, you will learn the subtle differences between saturation and vibrancy. You will also be shown how to add vignette, sharpness and details. It concludes with a walk through on how to add filters. What makes this article so resourceful is that it shows graphical snippets of the options as you would see them in Photoshop, so that it will not be hard for you to find them.

Turning back to the relatedness of steps in different photo editing software, the tutorial on Photoshop Creative Cloud can be applied to other programs. This tutorial titled Photography 101: Editing Basics did a little more justice to the art of photo editing. The application of more Photoshop tools is discussed here including sharpening, cropping, setting levels and adjustments, contrasting and adjusting the saturation level.

Getting a full grip of a photo editing program can be a huge challenge

Some beginners may need help and support from start to finish and that is where 18 quick fixes to common image problems come in handy. Here, you will be provided with a sample image which you can download for your practice.

creative suiteAs the use of photo editing tools continues to grow and gain admiration for its output, a few people have found themselves at that spot where they are unable to afford one because of the high cost. Freeware is the new alternative. I have used GIMP myself and I can assure you it does more than its name represents. You don’t need advanced knowledge of computer graphics to be able to use this simple tool. If you’ve just installed GIMP on your computer and you need a quick walk through rescaling, resizing, cropping an image or rotating an image, I found this tutorial called Gimp Quickies helpful. The tutorial is slow-paced and will take you through the basics of the software.

Luminar is another freeware that is blazing the trail. It has a number of tools that tend to mimic Photoshop, like object removal, photo filters and the history panel. Getting accustomed to this tool may be a little tricky for a beginner, but you will get a head start when you go through the detailed manual provided by developer Macphun.

The common photographic flaw that many of us often encounter is having unwanted elements in the back or foreground. I’ve had this problem in the past and wanted to take care of it, but didn’t know how to until I stumbled on this tutorial on how to remove anything from a photo in Photoshop. It was a step-by-step guide and after a couple of trials, I am now a professional in the process. This tutorial highlights several ways you can approach the problem, unlike several others that only give one procedure.