What to look for when making a decision to purchase:
Check to make sure you have the proper system requirements for the software you are purchasing. Many photo editing software programs can require quite a bit of hard disk space - some up to 700MB! Also check your operating system.
Look for tutorials on how to operate your product. Does the company offer support for email or phone support. Many of the programs have an expert level of usability and a novice level.
Check for project templates that will allow you to easily and quickly accomplish your project. For example, you are wanting to add a photo to a greeting card.
Make sure the software is feature rich with a wide variety of tools.
Importing and exporting a large range of file formats. The most universal are TIF, PICT, GIF, BMP, EPS and JPEG files. Numerous photo editors as well support image files in the RAW format. RAW format files are very big and include the nearly all uncompressed photo file data.
The newest releases of photo editors allows you to save your digital pictures in web format so you can send your photos in email to friends, in addition you can post your pictures online so your family members can look at them online.