Major Features of Digital Image Editing

digital image editing

Computers have made the task of photo retouching a walk in the park for photography professionals all over the world. Year 1988 saw the release of Adobe’s Photoshop, the de facto industry standard in digital raster image editing. Since then, a lot many numbers of digital image editors have surfaced and today, the market is abundant with quite a few commendable software solutions in photo editing.

We understand that one of the reasons why you opt for online image editing services is your lack of expertise in doing it yourself. Even for those with ample knowledge about image editing and the time to spare, these online photo manipulation services are an excellent option, in terms of effort and expenditure. Whether you plan to entrust someone else to do the editing or want to try it yourself, you need to have a reasonably good understanding of the various processes and features of image editing.

There is a myriad of possibilities associated with most of the major image editors available in the market. But the most widely used features are pretty much the same across them all, of which ten are listed below.

  • Noise Reduction
  • Selective Colour Change
  • Lens Correction
  • Sharpening and Softening
  • Slicing
  • Clone Stamping
  • Colour Depth Correction
  • Contrast & Brightness Correction
  • Gamma Correction
  • Warping

This list is not exhaustive, but only includes ten of the most used features of image editors. And we have excluded certain obvious features like selection, cropping, sizing and setting layers. Now let us get a closer look at some of these important features.

Noise Reduction

Image noise is one of the most irritating by-products of image capturing. Noise may be caused by a faulty sensor, scanner or circuitry of the camera. Pictures taken in low lighting conditions may also be affected by noise. The noise reduction feature automatically gets rid of the noise, without significantly affecting image details.

noise reduction

Selective Colour Change

Most digital image editors have the ability to swap colours in an image selectively. This means you can change only the colour of specific objects or surfaces, provided they fall within a particular colour range. For example, this feature will allow you to change the colour of your car seen in the background, without altering your colour.


Sharpening and Softening

Some images may need to be sharpened or softened. For example, most portraits look better with the skin tone and the background selectively softened. On cameras, you can usually achieve this by using larger apertures. But once the photos are taken, these sharpening and softening features of the software help you manipulate them.

Lens Correction

Photographs are susceptible to various lens distortions such as pincushion, fisheye and barrel distortion. Though only subtle corrections are possible with the lens correction feature of the software, some photographs may be improved dramatically using this feature.

lens corrction


If you look closely at modern user interface designs, you will see that most of the graphical elements are “slices” of a larger image. Sometimes, images need to be sliced and parts of the image may need to be animated. The image slicer feature of photo editing software make this task quick and easy.

Jisha Thomas

Computer literate since 1988 and internet literate since 1995. Tool maker by qualification and computer professional by choice. Proficient in CAD. Peripheral knowledge of Product Design, Tool Design and Interior Design. Jack of all trades, in short!

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