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The Clone tool is more than just a duplicator. It can help you fill in empty spots if you, say, remove an opject from a photo. It can also be used for airbrushing, or even removing logos from objects. And, if you're a photographer, you can use Apeture to do the cloning deed without firing up Photoshop. Read on to learn how.
CameraBag 2 is an app that enables you to add retro-style filters to digital photographs. But while many similar apps are quite simple and limited, CameraBag 2 offers a huge number of options, which can be mixed and matched with relative ease. We say "relative" because the interface is rather quirky and not particularly Mac-like. But not to worry – once you’ve worked through this walkthrough, you’ll be adding soul and warmth to your digital snaps with ease.
Every photographer needs a good tool for organizing digital photos on their computer--it’s almost more crucial than a photo editor, since not ever photo necessarily needs edits, but they all need somewhere to live, where they can be found again. Apple’s options include iPhoto (free with new Macs or $14.99 in the Mac App Store) and Aperture ($79.99). If you’re an Adobe fan, you can use a folder-browsing program like Adobe Bridge (part of Creative Suite 5) or, if you have one of the most recent versions of Photoshop Elements ($79.99), you might be using the Elements Organizer.
Various flavors of Photoshop have become synonymous with the concepts of image-editing and working creatively with bitmaps, beyond basic photo-editing offered by the likes of iPhoto. However, a number of low-cost alternatives to Adobe’s Photoshop (and its consumer-based sibling, Elements) exist -- including Flying Meat’s Acorn -- and they’re getting better with every release.
Many people hail Photoshop as the king of all photo editors, but you don’t need such an expensive piece of software to perform one of its best tricks: background removal. While Adobe’s professional tool does provide some excellent ways to cut out unwanted sections of an image, Keynote has a powerful feature of its own – known as Instant Alpha – that will do the same job in most instances.
Slideshows are a great way to show off your pictures, and they’re really easy to set up in iPhoto. There’s a range of preset themes to choose from which take care of all the settings. The presets are good, but they can be a little overpowering. Fortunately you can set up slideshows manually and have more control over the final result.
Drag and drop images into the Picturesque window, and you can then crop them or add pseudo-3D perspective, reflections, curved edges, shadows, glows, and border strokes. Each of these effects is precisely configurable--for example, perspective is adjusted by specifying the rotation and elevation; reflection by specifying length, opacity, and offset; and so on.
You shouldn't have to haul your Mac with you on vacation just to edit photos on the plane ride home. There are plenty of apps that can help you edit your photos on the go. Here are some quick tips on how to make your photos shine when editing with your iPad.