When something new first hits the market naturally, it creates a lot of interest especially if it is dynamic in its accomplishments. Then in time, several forms of the same thing show up on the market. This is what happens with any type of productive software. This certainly was the case with the Photo Editing Software.This is such a popular item because for the most part it is user friendly. Particularly if one takes the time to learn how to use it. There is great satisfaction in having excellent quality photos that this type of software allows. To begin with there are several free photo editing software available on the internet. For the most part, they are basic in their functions. They are a great learning tool and a wonderful introduction as to what one really can do with their photos. Once these basic programs have been mastered, there is a desire for more. This leads one to the place where they are ready to purchase a good software package.Even though you have pretty much mastered the basics, you still want an advanced photo editing software that is user friendly. It should come with good support material by way of manuals, or online help and tutorials.Sometime downloading new programs can be a bit frustrating, but if you buy software that has a built in “wizard” then normally it is a very easy process to download your program as the wizard steps you through it.Once you have mastered editing your photos there is going to be a couple of things that you want to do with them. You may want to export them or import and this means your software must provide you with these capabilities. It means though that the software has to put the pictures into formats so they can be used in other programs. You do not need a massive photo-editing program that has tons of formats; you need the basics and most common ones. These are PDG, TIF, PICT,JPG,GIF,EPS, and PDF for example. These should be plenty.Naturally, you are going to want your editing software to do your basics. You do not want to have to use two programs, one for basics and one for advanced for example. When you get into the advanced features, you want to be able to do special things like add effects to your photos, cut and paste and add text.Do not fall into the trap of thinking that when it comes to software programs for digital editing that if you have seen one you have seen them all. Be sure to read the package carefully before purchasing. While most of these software are reasonably priced some of them can be quite expensive. They may be worth the money but not if you feel, you will not use half of the features they are offering. You need to have a good idea of what you want to do with your photos and find software that will easily allow you to do this.