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.
Lo-fi effects that nostalgically imitate old film cameras are all the rage these days, and there are plenty of apps to prove the point--especially for iOS. FX Photo Studio Pro brings all the effects you love in apps like Hipstamatic, Instagram, and Photo Toaster to your desktop. Cross processing? Check. Lo-fi grunge vignettes? Check. Super-high color saturation with lens flare? Check again. FX Photo Studio Pro has it all.
Digital cameras recognize faces as an arrangement of shapes, and they use this to select the best focus and exposure settings for the picture, on the assumption that any faces will be the most important part of the image. Only a few cameras take the next step, which is to try to distinguish one individual from another on the basis of their facial features, but this is the basis of iPhoto’s Faces system.
We’ve all been there: an otherwise excellent digital photo, marred by an intrusive landmark or random stranger who stepped into the frame at an inopportune moment. Pro users with deep pockets make short work of such problems with Photoshop, but what about average users? Snapheal introduces “three unique patented technologies” in a Mac app that makes erasing unwanted objects as easy as one, two, three. Developer MacPhun states, “It does magic to your photos.” It’s a bold claim we happen to agree with.
When you’re layering one image on top of another, it’s often difficult to make a clean selection around the subject. There are nearly always stray pixels of a different tone around object outlines, for example, and these are an unavoidable by-product of the way digital camera images are captured and processed.
In case you weren’t aware, Adobe is readying the next version of its Creative Suite (along with a new Creative Cloud offering) and as always, that will include a swanky new version of Photoshop. The product managers at Adobe have been previewing new features on YouTube, and another one just hit the web: Content-aware move and extend.
There are countless different ways of converting color images into black and white, but Photoshop’s Channel Mixer is one of the most popular because it can change the tonal relationships between colors, making some come out darker in the black and white conversion, and some lighter.
Do you actually use all the Events iPhoto creates for all the photos you import? The idea is quite a good one because, in theory, your photos will be grouped together into, well, ‘Events’; and because they’re displayed as tiles, it should be easier to scroll through and find the pictures you want.
It was a week for updates, that's for sure. (Even the product above got updated, though this happened years ago over several iterations. Ahem.) This week saw people pushing out new versions of software everywhere we turned. We don't know what's in the pipelines, but we like it when our apps get great new tools and slick new features. It's pretty hot stuff, we don't mind telling you. And here's some of the other hot magic happening this week.