Here’s the truth about digital images: they’re growing in size, complexity and quantity. Furthermore, this growth is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

As a result, companies are turning to photo management software systems in order to organize and edit their expanding image libraries and important image files. However, often times they end up implementing a system that doesn’t truly fit their needs. Fortunately, this list will guide you to the photo management system capable of meeting all of your expectations.

What Is Photo Management Software?

Photo management software is a comprehensive system that sorts and shares digital photographs. Organizations with large databases use this software for important campaigns. It lets users locate image files quickly, helping companies complete projects on time. It’s ultimately like a giant photo album, only digital and searchable with special features.

A photo on a laptop screen.
Different image tools have unique, powerful benefits.

Photo manager software stores photos in organized sections inside a data library, making it easy to recall specific photos. The right tool gives users the space and features they need specific to each individual. How do you know which tool is right for you? Here are the top photo management systems available, along with detailed reasons as to why each is so effective.

Note that this list is separated into two parts: systems that are geared toward image organization, and systems geared toward image editing.

The Organizing-Focused Photo Management Programs

The following photo management systems are uniquely designed to handle all the complex organizational tasks a company could need for their images. See how having a comprehensive, automated image system could change the way your teams complete projects.

Digital Asset Management

Digital asset management (DAM) is a flexible, comprehensive photo management system designed for enterprises. Canto DAM uses cutting-edge technology to provide photo tools with sophisticated security and search features. It offers a central location for company photos, which allows users to locate important images during team projects. This keeps all photos ordered and sorted in a reasonable fashion for all to find.

The Canto DAM interface.
Canto DAM is a secure, efficient photo organizer.

DAM enriches photos with tags, keywords and other descriptive data to make searching for the right image incredibly fast. It has an advanced metadata system to provide elite details during searches. Furthermore, companies need a way to share photos while maintaining control over copyrights and content access. DAM provides this type of protection as well as other security features.

MAGIX Photo Manager

MAGIX is a photo management software system designed for users who require basic image organization tools. It lets photographers upload images directly from their cameras, reducing the amount of software systems they would otherwise have to use. It’s an easy-to-use, straightforward image organizer, taking large, cluttered image libraries or folders and moving them into a structured area.

The MAGIX interface displayed.
MAGIX presents numerous organization methods.

Another thing that makes MAGIX such a powerful photo management tool is its ability to quickly and easily share photos with different users and numerous image or social media sites. Also, just because MAGIX is simple to learn doesn’t mean it lacks complex features. In fact, there are many different benefits it offers, including advanced importing options and unique image sorting capabilities. It even automates some of the photo cleanup tasks, like fixing images that have blurred graphics.

The Editing-Focused Photo Management Software

This next group of photo management tools are much more weighted toward the editing and resizing of images within a company’s database. Consider one of these systems if you need extensive editing capabilities for a lot of different pictures and graphics.


Luminar is one of the most groundbreaking photo editing programs ever to be available to the public. When most users, especially those who aren’t experienced graphic designers, think of changing a complex picture’s background, they assume it will require a lot of learning. With Luminar, that concept no longer exists for many different image-editing tasks. Users who give Luminar a chance will see the immense potential the program has, while not requiring a huge time investment to learn.

The Luminar interface.
Consider Luminar if you need basic editing tools.

Just because Luminar has a simplistic interface and is beginner-friendly doesn’t mean it’s without advanced editing benefits. The minute users launch it they have access to a wide range of different options, changes and settings. For those concerned they won’t be able to figure it out, rest assured, Luminar is backed by an instructive website which makes learning this powerful software simple and fast. Depending on the type of teams that will be using this software, Luminar could be the best solution you’ll find today. If you’re in need of something more advanced and maybe a little more mainstream, Adobe Photoshop is your best bet.


Adobe Photoshop is an absolute staple for photo editing, giving users the most advanced tools and extensive benefits in order to create the most complex results. Unlike a lot of other image tools, Photoshop exists as a way for advanced designers to edit and change images as much as needed and as visually aesthetic as possible. There are just so many ways to alter different pictures using Photoshop that it makes sense for companies to use it for different graphic campaigns and projects.

The Adobe Photoshop interface.
Use Photoshop if you need an advanced editing system.

Photoshop, unlike a lot of editing tools, is extremely state-of-the-art. However, this detail can be misleading, and here’s why. Even though Photoshop is for the advanced user, it has been around so long and is so popular that most graphic designers have it mastered. Chances are that even the basic users have a good understanding of Photoshop basics. This can’t be said for most other image editing tools currently on the market. Keep this important detail in mind when choosing a photo system.


What began as an attempt to provide users with a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop turned into a major success for the Gimp software. Gimp gives users the chance to edit images using all the necessary design tools without paying a dime. It has even grown in complexity and functionality. For anyone worried that Gimp won’t provide the same level of updates as the other systems, it has maintained updates while remaining free of charge.

The Gimp website.
Gimp is a free alternative to the other popular systems.

One important aspect of Gimp is its ability to work alongside your other systems that are already in place. It comes with the possibility of numerous plugins to enhance your projects. It also provides extensive customization to ensure users are able to craft their images in a manner that adheres to the style their company needs.

A good photo management system adapts to fit your needs. If it fails to do so, it may be too rigid for your unique vision. Select the photo storage that matches your ideal picture system.

Casey Schmidt – Content Manager and Industry Expert | Canto

Casey is a content management and branding expert who enjoys taking complex subjects and making them easy to understand for readers.