What is the best non-Adobe photo processing software for Apple?

Started Jun 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
Steven Wandy Veteran Member • Posts: 5,406
Re: Aperture questions

MikeFromMesa wrote:

A question about Aperture from someone who has never used it.

I am switching to the Mac and was wondering if Aperture would fill my processing needs. Does Aperture do masking? Layers? Is there decent lens distortion adjustment functionality? How is the noise reduction and sharpening?

Just wondering since I will need to either move my current Windows software over (LR, PhotoShop, PhotoNinja) or replace it with Mac specific software (Aperture, Pixelmator, ...).


Hopefully someone else will correct me if I am wrong.

I don't believe that Aperture does masking & layers like you are thinking in Photoshop. It is not a pixel level layer. It can make selected adjustments using brushes and selections, but not using layers.

Noise reduction and sharpening are decent - not the best. A lot of people use plug-ins (I use Nik Software) if I need more of these than Aperture can handle. Supposedly LR is a bit better in these.

It has some controls for chromatic aberration and devigneting but not anything else. Again LR is supposed to be better at this.

When I switched from Windows (LR & PSCS5) to a Mac I went with Aperture and PS Elements 10 (which I switched to Pixelmator). Do probably 95% of my post processing in LR and the Nik pluggins that I have.

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