The best AI photo editing software in March 2024

Ai Photo editing software
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There's a good reason for seeking out the best AI photo editing software. Artificial intelligence has the power to transform digital content creation with the press of a button. With more software companies adding or switching to machine learning, users can be focused on the creative output rather than needing to spend hours on the tedious manual tasks commonplace in editing apps.

Here, we take a look at the top AI-powered photo editing software, all of which should be perfect for designers, photographers, photo editors and digital artists. These programs can perform previously laborious functions with just a tap of a button, such as removing backgrounds, changing emotions in portraits or altering the weather.

There are currently many different styles of AI image editing software available. Some try to do it all, while others remain niche, so check out which one is right for you with our selection of the best AI photo editing software. If you want something more traditional, see our comprehensive guides to best standard photo editing software. Making a film? Try our pick of the best video editing software.

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A capable all-round AI photo editing software to suit a range of subjects.

Specifications

Best for: All-round image editing
Platform: Windows and macOS
Key features: Templates with AI assistance, portrait retouching, weather enhancement, augmented sky
Free trial: None

Reasons to buy

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Stuffed with AI smarts
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Every photo-editing tool you need
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Lots of extensions

Reasons to avoid

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No one-off purchase option

Previously, we considered Skylum’s Luminar AI app to be the best AI photo editor. Now, Skylum has a successor in the form of Luminar Neo, and it it’s established itself as the new AI editor to beat.

Artificial intelligence is woven right through Luminar Neo’s fabric, and there are tools to replace skies, enhance your landscapes, touch up portraits, and much more, all with the help of the app’s top tier AI smarts.

But it offers much more than that. It’s a full-fledged photo editor in its own right, with all the tools you need to take your images to the next level. There are pro-level presets, layers, masking and local adjustments, plus an absolutely bucketful of features to make photo editing a breeze.

AI photo editing software: Photoshopcb badge

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An industry standard photo editor boosted by new AI filters.

Specifications

Best for: B&W colourisation, portrait emotion manipulation, style transfer
Platform: Windows and macOS
Key features: Skin smoothing, style transfers, B&W colourisation, upscaling
Free Trial: Yes, 7 days

Reasons to buy

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Good skin smoothing 
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Generative AI tools
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Useful photo restoration

Reasons to avoid

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Monthly subscription

Adobe has been integrating AI tools into Photoshop for a few years now, and it recently announced the introduction of its own generative AI assistant called Firefly. That means you can whip up illustrations and font effects simply by entering a few text prompts, with Firefly doing the rest.

And of course, Photoshop is already a world-class photo editor even without its AI additions. But with them added to its arsenal, it has a strong claim to being the best AI photo enhancer around.

AI photo editing software: Topaz Studio

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03. Topaz Labs

Multiple standalone softwares to cover a range of image editing tasks.

Specifications

Best for: Sharpening portraits, removing noise, converting JPEG files to RAW and masking subjects
Platform: Windows and macOS
Key features: Sharpen AI, Denoise AI, JPEG to RAW, Mask AI
Trial: Yes, 30 days

Reasons to buy

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Extensive powerful features 
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Useful for range of applications 

Reasons to avoid

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Multiple purchases can get expensive

Topaz Labs offers a full suite of AI-powered image editing software that covers a range of image corrections including image masking, sharpening, removing noise, and image enlargement for increased editing control over details. It even features a unique application to convert JPEG to RAW files to extend the capability of the editing software and remove issues such as banding, compression artefacts and can increase dynamic range. The software is powerful and useful for all photographers, with Topaz Lab's Video Enhance AI software also helpful for filmmakers that wish to upscale their video content up to 600 per cent while maintaining or enhancing the quality.

AI photo editing software: Paintshop Procb badge

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04. Corel Paintshop Pro

A good universal AI image editing software for Windows-based editors.

Specifications

Best for: Applying art styles to photos, increasing detail in low res files, cleaning up noisy photos
Key features: AI Denoise, high res upsampling, photo stylisation
Free Trial: Yes, 30 days

Reasons to buy

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Fast AI processing 
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Excellent Denoise

Reasons to avoid

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Windows only 
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Limited range of tools

Corel's

features a range of excellent image editing tools thanks to the new addition of AI and machine learning. Upsample low resolution files (or smaller crops within photos) to high resolution photos whilst maintaining good depth, clarity and sharpness in images. The AI Denoise tool works to remove extreme noise in photos with integrated sliders for improved customisation over its intensity. Paintshop Pro can also use AI to stylise photos into works of art instantly with the new unique preset styles that come with the software. It's a good all-round software for photographers, designers and artists alike who want to take their photos to the next level.

AI photo editing software: Remove

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05. Remove.bg

Remove backgrounds fast with incredible accuracy.

Specifications

Best for: Background removal, blurring backgrounds, subject isolation
Platform: Browser-based
Key features: Remove backgrounds, background blur, replace backdrops
Free Trial: N/A Free

Reasons to buy

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Accurate cut-outs 
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Variety of background styles 

Reasons to avoid

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Limited editing tools 
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Only one function

Remove.bg does exactly what it says in its name: it removes backgrounds. In a matter of seconds, users can upload their photo and have the background removed with fantastic accuracy, even better than expensive competitors in this list, and provide a clean photo to download in high resolution. There's a basic editing function to restore or erase parts of the mask, and the site even offers a variety of free backdrops on which to set your newly masked subject against. 

Users that need backgrounds removed quickly and without fuss should seriously consider Remove.bg, even if they already own or subscribe to professional image editing software.

The web home page of artificial intelligence photo editor PhotoRoom.

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06. PhotoRoom

A mobile app bursting with AI tools and effects.

Specifications

Best for: Background editing (remove, add or blur), quick retouching
Platform: iOS, Android, online
Key features: Background Remover, Instant Retouch, templates
Free Trial : Yes, limited features

Reasons to buy

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Easy to edit your photos
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Plenty of free tools
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Works quickly

Reasons to avoid

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Free version is quite limited

Sometimes, you only need to perform a few quick tweaks to your photos, but doing so can get tedious. PhotoRoom is a good solution, as it offers a bunch of quick-and-dirty AI editing tools that handle the small stuff in seconds.

Many of its tools revolve around background editing, from removing backgrounds, placing your images against a white backdrop (great for product shots), blurring the background and more. It’s also got a handy Instant Retouch tool that lets you remove objects for cleaner images.

PhotoRoom works on iOS and Android, and there’s also a web app so you can edit on your computer.

The Imagen user interface showing a loaded photo and a selection of profiles that can be applied to it.

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07. Imagen

Massively speed up your editing workflow.

Specifications

Best for: Saving time in the editing process
Platform: Windows and macOS
Key features: Fast AI-based editing, Talent AI Profiles
Trial: Yes, 1,000 free edits

Reasons to buy

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Learns from your style
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Saves you tons of time

Reasons to avoid

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Limited to Lightroom

Imagen is a standalone app and Adobe Lightroom plugin that learns from your previous photo edits and applies that knowledge to batches of your images, saving you tons of time without butchering your style. That makes it a handy assistant if you need to edit a large number of pictures at once.

You start by uploading your photo edited photos to the plugin, or you can pick a “Talent AI Profile” to adopt the style of a different professional photographer. It then gets to work, applying your own editing techniques (or those of the Talent AI Profile) to your shots. You then review the edits and can make adjustments, before finalising the changes.

That could save you hours of editing time in the long run. And because it learns from the way you like to edit your own images, Imagen helps retain your style instead of simply bulldozing over it.

AI photo editing software: Lensa

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08. Lensa

Smartphone-based AI image editor for improved portraits and selfies.

Specifications

Best for: Portrait retouching, selfies, smartphone editing
Platform: iOS and Android
Key features: Autonomous portrait correction, natural skin filter, background blur, face retouch tools
Free Trial: Yes, 7 days

Reasons to buy

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Simple interface 
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Quick to use  

Reasons to avoid

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Background replacement sometimes inaccurate 
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Subscription-based

If you need an image editing app for your smartphone that uses AI to polish your portraits and selfies, look no further than Lensa. The one-touch editing function, named Magic Correction, analyses photos and then applies automatic adjustments based on the photo. For example, in a portrait Magic Correction may blur the background, retouch the face and change hair colour. All the options that this auto function applies can also be manually controlled using sliders throughout the app. Alternatively, you can simply use the advanced editing tools to make adjustments to images to refine shots exactly how you want them.

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Jason Parnell-Brookes

Jason Parnell-Brookes is an Internationally award-winning photographer, educator and writer. He won Gold in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014. Jason is a qualified teacher, Masters graduate and works with many high profile international clients. For Creative Bloq, he writes about cameras, photography and video and photo editing. 

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