Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 10 has arrived, and whether you’re an experienced Elements user or someone who’s considering making the leap for the first time, the software boasts phenomenal, easy-to-use tools that’ll help amateur photographers take their images to another level. Here are a few new Elements 10 tips for old users followed by a couple old tricks for those who are completely new to the Elements platform.
Adobe announced its next iOS app today at Photoshop World, called Adobe Carousel. This cross-platform app allows users to access their whole photo libraries on an iPad, iPhone, and Mac, make edits that sync automatically, and share those photos with family and friends. We got a demo of the new app-slash-cloud service last week, with plenty of screenshots inside.
Nik Software offers some truly remarkable photo post-processing software for the Mac, but it's not cheap, ranging in price from $100 to $200. So I'll admit, when I first downloaded Snapseed -- Nik's $4.99 universal iOS app -- I wasn't expecting a lot. I just didn't figure Nik would cram that much into such an inexpensive package. I was very wrong.
One of the few advantages of Amazon’s recent Mac download store was the availability of titles such as Adobe Photoshop Elements, which was unavailable in the Mac App Store. That all ended this week as Adobe dipped its considerably large toe into Apple’s digital storefront at long last.
Sure, your DSLR takes awesome high-res photos. But those awesome high-res photos also take up tons of storage space. They’re great for making prints and other photo projects, but when you just need a lightweight, portable version of your snaps to show friends, family, or clients, exporting from iPhoto is a huge hassle. And if you’re toting around a MacBook Air, conserving space is a necessity. iSlimPhoto does exactly what its name implies. Tell the utility what device you want display your photos on, and it will create a custom library tailored to that specific resolution. You’ll maximize your display’s capabilities, and save a ton of space at the same time.
There’s something about late spring and summer that brings the cameras out: Memorial Day picnics, your nephew’s graduation, a day at the beach, the kids’ first trip to Disneyland. Capturing memories with your digital camera or camcorder has never been easier -- if you had told us a few years ago that we’d be snapping 5-megapixel stills and shooting 720p video with our iPhones, we would’ve bet a whole box of Drumsticks that you were mistaken.
I’m obsessed with collecting cameras from before my time. I’m by no means a pro photographer; I just like the look and feel of the photos from these nearly extinct shooters. It’s as if there’s more substance behind their faded colors than the picture-perfect, high-res digital images that my DSLR produces. But between film, processing, and the cameras themselves, shooting on vintage equipment can turn into quite an expensive hobby. Thankfully, desktop applications like Lo-Fi can at least emulate the look of these vintage cameras—though unsurprisingly, nothing is ever as good as the real thing.
The late, great Ansel Adams once said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” With Filterstorm 2, universal for iPad and iPhone, you can “make” just about any photo your imagination conceives. It’s so good, in fact, that it may -- for everyone but a true professional -- obviate the need for desktop editing suites.
Last year, photographers interested in Apple’s software had to choose
between Aperture, a pro-level image organizer and editor, and its
farm-club counterpart, iPhoto ’09. It was a tough decision because
power users needed the editing tools in Aperture but were tempted by
Faces, Places, and other iPhoto-only tricks. Aperture 3 rebalances the
roster, adding those iPhoto functions while also juicing up with
high-end tools like Brushes. It’s an impressive update, and Aperture’s
streamlined, iPhoto-esque interface welcomes intermediates while
meeting the demands of power users.
Pixelmator offers a Photoshop-esque experience for those who don’t know
the ins and outs of Photoshop. While it lacks the depth of niche
features that distinguish Adobe’s offering, it matches, and often
beats, Photoshop when it comes to interface, usability, and speed,
offering an extensive feature list of its own.