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.
iPhoto for iOS promises to revolutionize the way photographers manage and edit their photo libraries, particularly for iPad users who have a larger display canvas to work with. Confused about how to get started with iPhoto’s multitouch tools? We’ll help you make sense of them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whatever tool you use to edit your photos (we’re using Luminance here), the majority of the options you’ll need will be exactly the same and should work in the same basic way. On top of those, you’ll usually find one-click gimmick options, and a few that may come in handy for specific images, but those are usually better tried a few times and then never touched again. The ones to focus on are the less exciting options, especially brightness and color saturation. Follow these six steps in order and even a picture that seems ruined can come alive under your fingers.
One of the criticisms of iOS apps is that rather than a lot of developers creating big apps for a wide range of tasks, you get much smaller products that only really do one thing. However, for us, that’s more of an advantage than a negative, because a small app typically provides a degree of focus and makes features accessible to more people. This is definitely the case when it comes to photography: it’s far easier for someone to prod the screen a couple of times to make a quick change to an image than be flung headlong into the Photoshops of this world.
Making digital photos look old-fashioned is all the rage on mobile devices. Apps like Instagram and Camera+ are like virtual time machines, leaving you with retro images from your modern cameraphone. If you’re also looking to go vintage with pictures on your Mac, PhotoStyler is a fun, powerful, and easy-to-use way to get that old-school look without paying a fortune on eBay for antique photo gear.