For the complete novice the easiest software to follow is:

PC Users: Adobe Elements

Mac Users: Adobe Elements


For the beginner or less experienced who wants software to carry them well into the future

because it includes advanced tools:

PC Users: Serif Affinity Photo

Mac User: Serif Affinity Photo


For the more advanced and experienced prepared to live with the "rental" form of payment:

PC Users: Photoshop CC/Lightroom

Mac Users: Photoshop CC/Lightroom


For the advanced and experienced who wants to acquire fully featured software with a one-off􀁹 payment:

PC Users: Serif Affinity Photo

Mac Users: Serif Affinity Photo


OVERALL: Best all-round software (for price and features) : Serif Affinity Photo

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