Does Mac OS have anything that would do basic Photoshop functions?

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  1. tobasco27 macrumors member

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    Just wondering...

    Just want to be able to cut a photo, for example, and insert and cover another picture. Can that be done without any secondary application?
     
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  3. tobasco27 thread starter macrumors member

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    Great! Thanks...

    - the "Help" section didn't have a "Preview for Dummies" section. Any quick tips on how to do that? :D
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Most basic photo editing can be done in Preview, including cropping, resizing, color adjustments, annotation, cut/copy/paste, etc. It's much "lighter" than Photoshop, using far fewer system resources. I rarely need to do anything to a photo that Preview can't handle.
    1. Open both pictures in separate windows in Preview.
    2. Draw a rectangle to select the photo you want to cut and use Command-X (or Command-C to copy)
    3. Click on the other picture and Command-V to paste
    4. Rearrange the pasted image where you want it
    5. Save your work.
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    Open the photo you want to extract something from, then either use the Rectangular Selection, Elliptical Selection or Lasso Selection tool available under the SELECT toolbar button.
    Make your selection, press CMD+C, open the photo you want to paste into, press CMD+V and move the pasted object where you want it (you can use the ARROWS for finer movements) and after you have finished, press ENTER to "combine" the object with the photo. Then save it however you like.
    But know, that Preview does not offer layers, thus you can't remove the pasted object after you pressed ENTER, unless you undo the action.

    You can also look at GIMP for a free alternative to PS.
     
  6. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    If you're a university student or faculty member, you can download Sketchbook Pro for free from students.autodesk.com
     

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