My good friend and fellow genealogist Judy Webster has started the new year with some resolutions about organizing her research using a “source-based incremental fix,” rather than a giant do-over approach. Makes sense to me!
One of her steps is choosing image management software to better organize her family photos. This is an essential step, and one that I cover in more detail in my e-book, Cataloging Family Photographs & Records.
But let’s take a look in this blog post as some of the software options.
Image management software is used by genealogists to:
- Create high-resolution master scans
- Edit photos to resize, crop, and alter master digital files
- Make changes to many photos with a batch edit
- Add information to digital images using metadata
- Search for images and retrieve them using keywords
- Use special functions, such as creating albums, employing facial recognition or adding GPS linking
Adobe Photoshop is the leader in this category, but it’s extremely expensive and complex to use. It also has a lot of sophisticated features geared to graphic designers that genealogists will probably never need or learn to use. So an alternative to Photoshop is a good idea.
Fortunately there are several lower-cost image management applications available that are easier to use. Alternatives to Photoshop include:
- Photoshop Elements ($80-$100) – think of it as Photoshop Lite. Has powerful image editing capabilities, including GPS and facial recognition; easier to use than Photoshop but still has a learning curve. Many free tutorials available. Also has scanning feature. Mac or Windows. A 30-day demo is available for download by clicking here. Tip: Adobe releases a new version of Photoshop Elements every year, usually with only small changesbetween versions. The current version of the software is 13. Earlier versions are available for sale online at big discounts.