Best Motherboards for Photoshop

Best Motherboards for PhotoshopWhen deciding on which motherboard will serve you best for your video editing, there are a couple of things in the form of motherboard features you should think about before making the purchase.

Firstly, when you think about the graphics card, especially if you intend on having multiple ones in your machine, you should consider getting a motherboard that is compatible with Crossfire for NVIDIA and SLI for AMD. Another point of consideration has to be the M.2 slots for your solid-state drive. Finally, the processor that comes with your machine is also critical; this is because depending on whether it is an AMD Ryzen processor or an Intel processor you will require different chipsets, i.e., the X470 and Z390 respectively.

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Remember motherboards come in several form factors such as the common mini E-ATX and ITX or the more common ATX. Typically, most machines support multiple form factors, so you do not have to worry about knowing which one to purchase.

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Also, take note that some of the best motherboards in the market are designed for gaming and gamers, and just because something is cheap it does not necessarily translate to poor quality.

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1.GIGABYTE GA-A320M-S2H

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2.GIGABYTE B450M DS3H

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3.MSI Enthusiast

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4.MSI MPG Z390

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5.MSI Performance

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6.GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS

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7.ASUS Prime Z590-A

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8.ASUS TUF B560M-PLUS

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9.ASUS AM4 TUF X570-Plus

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10.ASUS Tuf Plus AM4 AMD

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Best Motherboards for Photoshop – BUYER’S GUIDE

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Photoshop

Developed by Adobe, Photoshop is easily the most broadly used and recognizable photo editing and graphic design software on the market. It boasts intuitive design, deep capabilities, universal compatibility, and extensive support. Any professionals or aspiring professionals would do well to start here, unless deterred by the recurring cost.

Photoshop is available in a bundled subscription with Lightroom for $119.88 per year from Adobe’s website.

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Paintshop Pro

Developed by Corel, Paintshop Pro is a professional-grade photo editing and graphic design software. It boasts a similar set of features to Adobe Photoshop, but due to it being less well-known and less broadly-used in professional communities, it is available cheaper and does not require a subscription. This lack of a recurring cost makes it desirable for people new to photo editing as well as small-team or freelance workers. But those intending to transition into a larger or established graphic design company or position may need to make use of Photoshop.

A single-user commercial license of Paintshop Pro can be purchased for $79.99 from Corel’s website.

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Lightroom

Developed by Adobe, Lightroom is a robust photo organizing and basic photo editing software designed to work in conjunction with Photoshop. It is a program which Adobe develops alongside Photoshop as a means of organizing, cataloguing, and doing initial/quick edits to photos that are shared across all of your devices.

Lightroom is available in a bundled subscription with Photoshop for $119.88 per year from Adobe’s website.

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CorelDRAW

Developed by Corel, CorelDRAW is a suite of related Corel programs focused on digital drawing and sketching; logo and font design; and graphic design. Likely Corel’s most well-known software, CorelDRAW sees use by a lot of creative professionals. But due to the large set of features it provides (and despite its lack of a recurring subscription cost), new users may find it prohibitively expensive.

A single-user commercial license of CorelDRAW can be purchased for $499.00 from Corel’s website.

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Illustrator

Developed by Adobe, Illustrator is a vector drawing graphic design program. It is used for the creation and editing of logos, artwork, and illustrations. It is capable of automatically tracing and converting line work into vectors, and sees a lot of use by graphic design professionals.

Illustrator is available as a subscription for $239.88 per year from Adobe’s website.

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GIMP (Free)

Developed by The GIMP Team, GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a free and open-source image editing and photo retouching software. GIMP boasts a wide array of very thorough features and capabilities, on-par with most professional-grade paid software; the trade-off is that GIMP has a steep learning curve, a lack of some ease-of-use/automatic functions available in the big-name options, and a sometimes-unintuitive user interface.

You can download GIMP for free from The GIMP Team’s website.

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paint.net (Free)

Developed by dotPDN, paint.net is a free (but not open-source) image manipulation and pixel drawing tool. It began life as a free alternative to Microsoft Paint, developed by a single person. But as it was developed (still by a very small team), it slowly incorporated some additional functionality which is more typically associated with Photoshop, Paintshop Pro, and GIMP. Although not nearly as feature-rich as those competitors, paint.net instead provides intuitive, simple, and easy-to-use interfaces and tools.

You can download paint.net for free from dotPDN’s website, or you can purchase it (with automatic updating and some further virtues) for $8.99 from the Windows store.

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InDesign

Developed by Adobe, InDesign is an industry-leading graphic design software geared specifically toward layout design for magazines, journals, websites, news publications, and the like. While not an image editor per se, InDesign is an important part of the creative process at many journalistic, graphic design, and creative companies.

InDesign is available as a subscription for $239.88 per year from Adobe’s website.

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PhotoDirector

Developed by CyberLink, PhotoDirector is a basic, consumer-grade image editing software. Similar in many ways to the kinds of image editing functions natively provided by Windows and Mac stock photo applications, PhotoDirector is not suitable for professional users who need a wide variety of powerful options in their software.

It may, however, be suitable for users who just want a cheap and simple solution that will allow them to make adjustments to images in software with an accountable support staff. It may also be suitable for users who are already familiar with CyberLink’s UI design, due to working with their more well-known video editing software, PowerDirector.

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WRAP UP

Compromising on your motherboard for video editing and VFX purposes can have severe consequences. It is sensible to invest in a good motherboard even if it presents a somewhat significant cost, however, you may also be able to get it done at an affordable price.

With the release of 10th Gen Intel processors and 3rd Gen AMD processors, different companies have released better motherboards than the existing ones currently in use, and this presents an opportunity to up your game.

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