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New iMac What & Where to get software

Started May 17, 2013 | Questions thread
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Alpha Doug Veteran Member • Posts: 9,219
Re: New iMac What & Where to get software

Boydsta wrote:

Alpha Doug wrote:

I would say that Lightroom or Aperture as your primary image "all in one" program, supplemented by a pixel editor like Photoshop (now only available as Photoshop CC on a monthly "rental" basis), or one of the many third party pixels editors such as Pixelmator, Acorn, or Photoline, or Adobe Photoshop Elements.  Elements might be all you need, but it's kind of pricey for what it is.  You might try Pixelmator.  It is unbelievably cheap and works quite well.  Available through the Mac App store in your dock.  Some on this forum swear by Photoline.  Also, there are third party plugins that run either inside or alongside Aperture or Lightroom from Nik (now owned by Google), OnOne Software, Alien Skin Software, Imagenomics, Topaz Systems, etc.  OnOne has a layering plugin called "Perfect Layers" that does a pretty good job of pixel editing.

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Thanks Doug, a few options there for me to do some homework on.

As far as pixel editing, I will require basic layer control and the ability to bring in elements from other images which I currently can't do in LR. 4.4.  I havent tried the beta version 5 but I dont expect it to enable this.

Neither Lightroom or Aperture are "pixel level" editors.  They are non-destructive RAW editors.  Along with being very good organizing, cataloguing, sorting and rating programs, allowing creation of slideshows and web galleries, uploading to various social and photographic sites, photo book creation and printing.  Only pixel level editing (layers, selections, masks, etc.) need to be "outsourced".  Fairly simple layering is available for both from OnOne "Perfect Layers".  If more is needed, pair Aperture with Pixelmator, or GIMP.  Should be all you'll ever need.  Or just get or buy CS5 or CS6 Photoshop and use it for however long you can make it last.

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