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.
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.