What are the best photo editors for Mac?

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    #1Adobe Photoshop Elements

    Adobe Photoshop Elements

    Adobe Photoshop Elements is a photo editing software which can automatically organize your photos and make them look stunning with its intelligent photo editing options. It now also has enhanced guided edits. 


    Windows, Mac


    Alan Owens
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "One of the best photo editors that I've used for MAC. The interface is very easy to learn and navigate, it has extensive editing features, and it has a large user base so you're never out resources for tutorials online."
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    #2Affinity Photo

    Affinity Photo

    Affinity Photo is a professional photo editing software for Windows and Mac OS devices. It features correction and adjustment tools, image retouching capabilities, and the ability to work with RAW image files.


    Windows, Mac


    Alexander Smith
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "The next best thing to Elements. It comes in at around half the cost and punches way beyond what you pay for in terms of feature set and ease of use."
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    #3Adobe Lightroom CC

    Adobe Lightroom CC
    Adobe Lightroom CC is designed for professional photographers for managing and editing large quantities of photographs. With this software, you spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the lens. 

    Web, iOS, Android, Windows, Android

    Free- Varies by plan

    Andy Wen
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "This is pretty much a staple in the photo editing community. If you're already invested in the Adobe ecosystem, you'll feel right at home here. "
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    Pixelmator is a tool wherein you can touch up photos or create your digital artworks from scratch using its wide range of tools, brushes, and effects. This is a great iPad alternative to Photoshop.


    Mac, iOS


    Judith Walker
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "A good and affordable option that still offers quite a robust editing features. It's a good choice for beginners that want to get into the photo editing game with its simple and easy interface."
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    GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Program is an illustrative digital freeware which serves as a photo-retouching program, image compositor, and image authoring. This program was created in 1996.


    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Wei Lai
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "This has long been hailed as the free and open source alternative to photoshop and for good reason. You get a lot of the features found in photoshop here and for zero the cost."
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    Acorn is an image editing tool for Mac OS. This software also works in layers to quickly view and select various elements when making changes and can help you create both HDR and panoramic images with its HDR step-by-step guide.



    $29.99- Free trial available

    Carol Guerrero
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "Great for producing some great HDR photos. The HDR guide helps you throughout the whole process making it easier to get the results that you want."
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    Fotor is a photo editing app that features over 300 photo effects. This professional editing tool is also ideal for creating collages, doing touch-ups, adding filters and stylish frames to images, photo stitching, and so on.


    Web, Android, iOS, Windows, Mac


    Lei Xu
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "A great free photo editor that will probably be enough for most people. It features plenty of editing tools that most amateur photographer will be looking for."
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    Snapheal is a photo editor application for Mac OS devices. It provides various editing tools to help you remove objects, artifacts, and clean up photos. It also help restore old photos by removing scratches, watermarks or overlaying texts.




    Bobby Turner
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "If you need an app to clean up your photos, this might a one to consider. Its tools help remove objects and other imperfections in your photos."
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    #9Aurora HDR

    Aurora HDR

    Aurora HDR is an advanced photo-editor which contains high-quality bracket merging, next-level color enhancement, and many more, all powered by artificial intelligence. The software works as both a standalone or plug-in.


    Windows, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Yang Lee
    Written on April 4, 2019
    "My macbook doesnt run most photoeditors for some reason. Even if it does, its only usually subpar editors. IDK how they made aurora tho since it runs perfectly on my mac and its one of the easiest editors ive ever used"


Best What are the best photo editors for Mac
1Adobe Photoshop ElementsSoftware 19 Paid
2Affinity PhotoSoftware 14 Paid
3Adobe Lightroom CCSoftware 8 Free
4PixelmatorApps 3 Paid
5GimpSoftware 2 Free
6AcornSoftware 2 Paid
7FotorApps 2 Free
8SnaphealSoftware 1 Paid
9Aurora HDRSoftware 0 Paid

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