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Photo editing is the process of changing or enhancing a photo. The first step when looking for a computer is to check the minimum system requirements for your chosen software. Each system requirement will specify a compatible operating system, processor type, graphic card and the minimum amount of RAM. Typically, you want to ensure your specifications are significantly above the minimum system requirements to ensure your computer runs effectively. Photo editing software could be a very graphics intensive software depending on the project, but we still recommend going with a dedicated graphics card in the mid-range level. On top of running your other software, photo editing software itself is also utilizes a lot of RAM. We recommend at least 16GB of RAM just to be on the safe side as the latest operating systems are also becoming more and more RAM intensive. However, if you work with very complex projects or use multiple applications simultaneously, you may need 32GB or more of RAM. Most photo editing software uses multi-threaded processes. Therefore, your CPU choice should weigh both on the CPU Clock speed and the core count. We only recommend a Solid-State Drive for your operating system and programs instead of a traditional mechanical hard-drive. You can use a mechanical hard-drive as a secondary drive for storing your data if you wish. You may also want to consider purchasing a color-accurate monitor and/or monitor color calibration device.

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