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November 05, 2012

Photoshop Getting Stiff Competition at a Far Lower Price

By Brittany Walters-Bearden, TMCnet Contributor

Photoshop has taken digital photo editing to the highest level, but it has done so at a ridiculously high cost. Photoshop can add and remove almost anything from a photo, and it can also make the money in your wallet leave the picture just as fast. Snapheal is a new photo editing software that is extremely user friendly, without trying to take every penny that you have.

The big drawback for Snapheal is that it is exclusively available to Mac users and leaves the PC users only wishing. So, if you are a Mac user, this may be the solution that you are looking for.

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Snapheal does virtually everything Photoshop does, especially that much-desired eraser feature that will take things completely out of photographs. It will also allow users to edit color, clarity, and light, along with airbrushing away those unwanted pounds.

There are many positive things about Snapheal. The first thing that will catch your eye is the $20 price tag (News - Alert). Adobe offers Photoshop Elements at $80 and the complete version of Photoshop at $700. Snapheal is not a cumbersome program that takes up a lot of memory space, so it does not slow your computer down. Two of the most remarkable features available through Snapheal are the Erase function and the Clone and Stamp function. People and objects can be completely erased from a photograph in approximately 30 seconds, which is next to impossible if you are using Photoshop.

Lastly, it is much easier to use with only five basic tabs for the user to have to edit a photo.

However, with every up, there is a down. Though Snapheal can do a lot of magical things, there are just some things it cannot do that Photoshop can, which is what makes Photoshop the king of photo editing software. First of all, only one photo can be edited at a time, which makes it impossible to create a collage. You cannot add an image on top of an existing image, nor can you add text to a photo.

It will basically come down to the user’s needs. If you are a professional with prior experience using Photoshop, Snapheal will just be a waste of time. If you are a novice trying to learn how to edit photos, Snapheal is a cheaper way to get started, rather than diving head first into Photoshop.

Edited by Brooke Neuman
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