Using high quality images for real estate listings will sell properties faster and at a higher price. In many cases, agents hire professional photographers to shoot properties for listings, but over the last couple of years, more estate agents have picked up the camera themselves. Editing is a crucial part of listing a property on the market. In this blog post, we’ve rounded up 5 best photo editing software for real estate images in 2022.
Likely the world’s most popular photo editing software, Photoshop is included in the Adobe Creative Cloud suite. Photoshop has been developed with photographers in mind, as its extensive range of editing tools changes brightness, saturation, colour, perspective, the list goes on. However, the downside of Photoshop is its complexity. It’s a difficult tool to master without hours of learning. Therefore, estate agents who take property images themselves probably won’t use Photoshop as an editing tool, and instead use a slightly easier programme, such a Lightroom. Additionally, Photoshop is a time-consuming tool that often results in a slow turnaround time. Nonetheless, we spoke to Tom Durrant, Director at DCTR, about their photo editing tool of choice:
“Photoshop is feature rich, which means we can create the very best creative output, at the best speed for our clients. Of all the software out there for retouchers, Photoshop gives the most flexibility and control”.
Adobe Creative Cloud suite retails at £49.94 per month.
Skylum software Luminar AI is a combination of Photoshop and Instagram. It has multiple functionalities to change image brightness, background and colours, enabling both professional photographers and estate agents to achieve great results with this software. Luminar AI is powered by artificial intelligence, and alongside being easier to use than Photoshop, it’s also cheaper, retailing at a one-off cost at £35, and combines additional programmes, including the recently launched Luminar Neo, retailing at £81.
Let’s Enhance is a useful platform for estate agents taking photos themselves, as it improves image quality and picture resolution. With Let’s Enhance AI, images are instantly processed. Enhance 5 images free of charge before plans start at $9 per month for 100 images. For professional photographers who’ve already taken high quality images, additional features of Let’s Enhance software include vibrance and saturation enhancement.
The UK often experiences grey and overcast days. In the circumstances when a professional property photographer hasn’t timed their property shoot with a sunny day, the exterior images will be dull and won’t stand out on property portals. With Remove.bg (the name literally means ‘remove background’), photographers can remove grey skies in their images via the web interface. The AI detects a sky and removes it, however, manual processes are required to put a sky back into the image and layering the property image on top. This might require using a tool like Photoshop to complete the editing process.
Autoenhance.ai is an automated photo editing service that does all the work for you. Our AI, which is trained on thousands of property images, detects and replaces elements in the images to suit the standards of listed property images. Features include sky replacement, image relighting and perspective correction. As our instantaneous editing process speeds up workflows and produces high quality enhancements ready to be uploaded onto property portals, our AI photo editor is ideal for both photographers and estate agents. Edit 15 images free every month before plans start from as low as 8p per image on our enterprise plan.
Beth Dady, Managing Director of Yorkshire-based Paisley Properties, says about using Autoenhance.ai photo editing software:
“I was skeptical initially as it was another cost I wasn’t sure we needed. However, the system is easy to use and very efficient, so it doesn’t cause any delays to listing properties. The time it saves staff, from editing photos and revisiting properties, to getting sunny pictures, far outweighs the small cost.”