Anybody use Preview in OS X for quick edits?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Hughmac, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. Hughmac macrumors demi-god

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    Just wondering, otherwise what do you use for quick and basic edits?

    If you ever use Preview, how far can you take it, what capabilities are in there?

    Cheers :)

    Hugh

    Confirmed amateur :D
     
  2. acearchie macrumors 68040

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    If working with raw then it will likely be the same as you can do with iPhoto.

    How quick do the changes need to be?

    Is there a reason you don’t want to use LR or Aperture?

    For quick one offs I’d suggest PS elements but obviously that’s not quite as free as Preview!
     
  3. diane143 macrumors 6502a

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    I actually do. For years I didn't realize the capabilities it has.

    I used to use Graphic Converter and PS, but lost them both on the laptop when I upgraded to ML. I bought Pixelmator, but really haven't used it much. I have Aperture too, really like it and use it for more intensive editing (or nice pix I want to print).

    But for basic color enhancement, cropping or resizing especially to the web, I'll use Preview.

    I discovered if I select, then copy and Apple-N for new, I don't even have to paste my selection.

    I have iPhoto 11 I think, and really only use it for calendar creation. The calendar app prints way too small for me to read when it's on my cork board.
     
  4. acearchie macrumors 68040

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    Coming to think of it I use Preview for cropping all the time!

    Never use it on my own shots though. Mostly graphics from the web.
     
  5. Hughmac thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    No, I have all the usual tools, but I was hoping to provoke a discussion about Preview's capabilities as a photo editor.
    As with the post above, I find it good for a quick crop or to change exposure / highlights / shadows etc. but is there anything more advanced has anyone discovered?

    Cheers :)

    Hugh
     
  6. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

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    Preview's "capabilities" are extremely limited. I can do the same sort of edits in Lr just as fast, if not faster, and they're non-destructive.
     
  7. mofunk macrumors 68000

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    Yeah I love Preview. Its quick and easy. If I need to resize or add text to the photo I usually pop it in there. Also, I like Image Capture for downloading video and photos. I use Preview to take a side by side of images.
     
  8. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    If the target is a graphics file where the quality does not matter, such an image foe a scrapbook or email attachment, then quick Preview edits might make sense.

    For a serious photo edit I would rather open and edit photos in a purpose built photo editor like Lightroom.


    Much has to do with the nature of the graphics file....and the target audience.
     
  9. bhtwo macrumors 6502a

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    I don't use Preview at all anymore, not even to preview images. I use quicklook to do that.
     
  10. frank4 macrumors regular

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    I use Preview Edit often, for cropping and minor adjustments to colour and contrast etc of web images and iPad photos. I would definitely like something more powerful, hopefully the new "Photos" will be good, if not then it will be Pixelmator or Acorn.

    I had a lot of problems with Preview Edit being very slow and using huge amounts of memory under Mavericks, but those issues went away a few months ago, maybe there was a memory management or graphics bug and Apple finally fixed it.
     

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