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Photo editors that support RAW
These apps let you edit your RAW images.
For serious digital photographers, nothing beats the RAW image format. Because it contains the unadulterated and uncompressed data recorded by a camera’s sensor, a RAW image gives you much more data to work with – which means greater control in the editing phase over factors like dynamic range, colours and noise.
Your Mac’s Photos app works with RAW files – just add one to your Photos library to use its editing tools. These photo apps let you process and edit RAW photos as well – no file conversion necessary.
Acorn lets you tweak exposure, blacks, highlights, shadows, colour temperature and more with easy-to-use tools. It’s one of the most affordable apps for creating complex, multilayered images from your RAW files.
Every feature in Adobe Lightroom works with RAW images, from the easy-to-use filters to the advanced editing tool to the app’s ability to organise photos using artificial intelligence. Lightroom also integrates with Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite, a service that lets you store and access your RAW photos from your Mac, iPhone and iPad.
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Affinity Photo has some of the most powerful RAW editing tools available anywhere. Its dedicated RAW workspace (called the Develop Persona) consolidates tools for making non-destructive edits to RAW images.
Luminar’s A.I.-powered filters make this photo editor easy enough for novices to use; the RAW-compatible app also offers advanced features such as lens correction and perspective adjustment.
While most photo editors offer a slew of sliders for adjusting details, Photolemur has just one. This fully automatic editor analyses a photo, or a batch of them, and presents you with a perfectly balanced option; the single slider lets you adjust the intensity of Photolemur’s enhancements.
Pixelmator Pro’s ‘RAW layers’ feature allows you to combine multiple RAW files and edit them simultaneously. Use the app’s Recipes to save your favourite sequence of edits and make processing multiple RAW files a snap.
RAW Power gives you access to the full RAW conversion engine in macOS, which means you get RAW-centric adjustment options not found elsewhere – including Noise Reduction, Black Point, Sharpen and Gamut Mapping.