I've been using Snapseed and love what it can do, but I have been trouble getting it to save properly (see my previous question). In particular I LOVE the selective edit feature which allows me to brighten and desaturate selected areas easily (to help make my backgrounds brighter for product photography for my small business).

Given that Snapseed does not seem to be an option for me anymore, and I need to get products online asap, what other photo editing apps/software can you recommend?


  • So, I had to look up what masks are, and I think I understand. I tried some "background remover" apps, but did not like the effect. My work is in textiles so the edge is not sharp. I'm guessing that in photoshop I can probably get a much better effect, but what I like to do is not remove the background completely, but just make it more even and eliminating the edge of the image by making it completely white. Which is why I liked Snapseed so much. Do you think the masks can do this? I'm just not familiar. – Emily Jan 26 '18 at 14:46
  • If you put a pure white layer on top of your image, in order to get your image to show through, you have two options: delete out parts of the white, top layer or use a mask to hide parts of the top, white layer. In general, masking is the better practice as its non-destructive to the layer being masked. Get a free trial of Photoshop going to play with it. – OnBreak. Jan 26 '18 at 15:09
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    Are you limited to phone apps or can you use desktop/laptop software? – OnBreak. Jan 26 '18 at 15:11
  • I can use desktop software. – Emily Jan 26 '18 at 16:21
  • Ummmm... Photoshop? It's like the mother of all photo editing apps – Janardan S Jan 28 '18 at 4:19

I would recommend Photoshop - though another powerful, and free, tool is GIMP. I believe that these are pretty much the gold standard for photo editing. There may be others, but the ubiquitous use of these means there are lots of people to ask and lots of tutorials to read.

Here's your image from your previous post, edits and explanation below:

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The edit from your screenshot was actually very straightforward:

All in all, this took about ~30 seconds of work for this image.

An additional benefit of using something like Photoshop is that you can create Actions.

Assuming you got a tripod and took all of your shots from the same place using the same light - they'd all have the same borders that need to be done - allowing you to do one and apply the action to the rest, leaving only some minimal clean up efforts.

I would highly advise that, if you're ramping up this style of photography and getting busy, that you look into:

  • A lightbox or similar style of area to shoot (you can make your own easily enough)
  • Lights
  • Tripod
  • Start learning Photoshop Actions
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  • Downvote nearly 7 months later? Really? For what reason? – OnBreak. Aug 26 '19 at 0:31

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