help with photo editing

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by drditty, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. drditty macrumors member

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    I would like a simple photo editing app, just to cut certain aspects of an image (shutters on a building) and replace with nearby siding or bricks. Any advice on a simple to use, inexpensive or free app that can do this. I have aperture, and I don't think it has the ability to do this, but I could be wrong.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Lovesong macrumors 65816

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    What you're looking for is a pixel-pusher, one with a clone and stamp tool. Aperture is not your software.

    If you're looking to go free, then there is little better than the GIMP. It's complex (but not more so than photoshop), but it is powerful, and oh, did I mention it's free?

    http://www.gimp.org/macintosh/
     
  3. skybolt macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, Preview will do what you want! There are lots of options now build in to the program. I'm not at the mac right now, so can't tell you exactly the steps, but you can easily cut out a portion of a photo, then copy a portion of another and paste it in the first. Dig around in there, see what you find.
     
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    If you want "free" then it's Gimp (www.gimp.org) Adobe's Photoshop Elements 4 is abut $80 retail and will do more then you need. But Adobe will be releasing version 6 in a few months, they are taking "pre-orders" now. (there is no version 5) If you think you might want Elements. Buy the Wacom "bamboo Fun" graphic tablet for $100 and you will find Elements inside so you get the tablet for only $20 more. The tablet is a big step up from a mouse for photo editing.

    If you work in 16-bit per channel color Gimp will not work for you and Elements 4 supports it only half way. You'd need Photoshop CS3. But most people work with jpg images and Gimp would do well enough.
     
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    That would look awful. To do what he wants you need to make detailed selections and work with layers. Colne tools with varyable properties and so on. I assume when he says "remove a shutter" he means remove it so that the image still looks natural. A crude cut and paste of rectangular areas just will not look good.
     
  6. drditty thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks, and how about pixelmator

    since I've posted the query I have done some googling and have found pixelmator and seashore as well. Thanks for your help all.
     
  7. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    seashore is a port id Gimp to the Mac. Gimp will always be ahead in terms of featurs and bug fixes but seashore may look nicer if you are a Mac user.

    pixelmator is not quite there yet. Gimp and the Adobe lineup is very mature
     

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