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

Started Jun 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
graybalanced Veteran Member • Posts: 6,245
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?

The way to answer this is to step back and think about why you need masking and layers. Aperture and Lightroom can use their own interface to fulfill many of the editing functions that you might have been forced to use layers and masks for in Photoshop. For example, the gradient and brush adjustments let you apply changes to parts of an image, and they do use a mask to do it, but there are no layers in the interface. The masking implementation does not require layers.

If you want lens distortion correction, Aperture is out of the picture. Lightroom can correct lens distortions automatically or manually, and can even draw from a database of lens profiles generated by Adobe or users to correct for specific lenses instantly. You can have Lightroom correct for lenses as part of the preset you use as you import new images.

Lightroom noise reduction is considered some of the best, to the point that people started dumping the noise-reduction plug-ins they used to use. As far as I know Aperture is considered not quite up to Lightroom here.

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