It is no question that Adobe’s Photoshop is the ultimate photo editing tool you can use, but it is expensive and bulky - and especially hard to use for amateurs. With my recent investment in an entry-level DSLR camera (the Nikon D3300), I decided to start uploading pictures to Unsplash and share them on social media. But capturing RAW images meant I would have to get a software to edit those high quality images.
That’s where Polarr came in. It is, according to me, the best alternative to Photoshop, and I’ll tell you why...
Polarr has a clean design, and a pro toolset:
When I first launched Polarr, I was pleasantly surprised with its simplicity. But don’t get me wrong - Polarr might deceive you into thinking it isn't a professional tool. In fact, it has all the features that an amateur photographer would need to improve their photographs. Form global colour and light adjustment tools to local control tools, Polarr has it fair share of tools that can get you interested into photo editing.
Specifically, my favourite Polarr features are:
- clarity and sharpness adjustments
- HSL for individual colour control - to change certain colours without affecting others
- Lens distortion and horizontal and vertical distortion compensation
- ‘Auto Adjustments’ which suggest smart adjustments that can get you started with editing
- Ability to add filters, including a special filter pack for Unsplash
- Face detection and focussed editing for faces
Polarr is cross-platform and free:
Yes, Polarr is available for Mac, Windows 10, Android, iOS and even Chrome and Linux! Best of all, it plays well with each of the operating systems and hardware for maximum efficiency. Polarr is also a free download from the Mac AppStore and Windows Store, so you are sure that the software is safe to use and up-to-date.
Polarr isn’t for people who want everything:
And that is an advantage. When you open Polarr, you don’t need to look through menus to find tools or use complicated keyboard shortcuts to perform certain tasks. Less is more, and Polarr delivers a good yet small collection of tools for basic photo editing. Then again, if you really need a whole not more, you will probably need to look for Adobe’s Photoshop, Lightroom and other alternatives.
What do you think about Polarr? Have you used it before or will you use it now? Let me know in the comments below.
You can download Polarr for free at: https://www.polarr.co
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