iPhoto vs Photoshop Touch

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by h1r0ll3r, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    So I'm eagerly waiting the arrival of my new iPad. I jumped on the bandwagon once Photoshop Touch hit the app store however, with the new iPhoto for iPad out, I'm wondering if one is better than the other? I'd only be doing pretty basic photo editing on the iPad like resizing, hue/saturation changes, etc however, if more advanced features are available, it would be nice to have. Again, not a heavy user by any means just more of a casual user.

    Taking this into consideration, would Photoshop Touch be good for me or does iPhoto have some amazing features that puts Photoshop Touch to shame?
  2. foiden, Mar 13, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2012

    foiden macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2008
    I actually use both.
    In a way, iPhoto is more like Aperature for iPad where the Adobe is more like Photoshop. Same kind of balance here.

    I use the Adobe more to do crazier effects, clipping art to use in other images and smoothing them in, or mixing multiple images together. iPhoto (like Aperature on the computer) is one I will go to in order to do photo image enhancements.

    iPhoto is incredibly good at photo *touch ups*, balancing and stuff. It's also faster at doing them (from a usability factor) than Photoshop and just about any program you use on the computer. Just using the brightening tool in iPhoto is, by far, the quickest and most user-friendly interface I've used. And that's comparing it to everything else, so far. Including computer software. Also, due to it being new, iPhoto has some pretty nifty sharing options. You'll also want it if you have multiple iOS devices (like if you use your phone camera a lot) since you have no network or computer requirements needed to beam photo libraries from one device to the other.

    So oddly enough, iPhoto wins by interface. I've done around 30 photos with alterations in an album in iPhoto faster than I've ever pulled off in any other software I have. It's also nice in how it retains your current work settings even when bouncing between photos making it that fast to utilize the same effect (including ones which you manually apply with your finger). For example. Why mess with zoom settings and brush size settings when iPhoto allows you to pinch zoom automatically giving you extra precision for applying an effect without having to even go through selection menus? By the time the Photoshop user is done with just one change of zoom and brush to change the level of precision, I've already applied it and moved onto the next picture.

    For about $5, I would give it a go. It has a small learning curve, but once you understand what brings up effect selection, the rest is pretty intuitive. iPhoto also has smart interpretation of certain effects as well based on where you decided to press and hold your finger in the picture, bringing up information of what you'll apply if you drag your finger in certain directions. If you want to do color balancing, and touch up work, iPhoto is the better tool. If you want to do something wild like combine photos and/or turning a picture into a water painting, use Photoshop touch.

    In short. Use Photoshop more like an Art tool or Photo Manipulation tool. A paint brush with the ability to work with Photos. It has a number of effects that is outside iPhoto's realm of photo enhancement. While there are a number of photo manipulation effects in iPhoto, Photoshop has more of them. There are some interesting Photoshop-only features. In particular for "cloning" like the ability to offset a brush so you can view your brush to clone away from where your finger actually is.

    Use iPhoto as a Photo-enhancement tool, it's more localized in its application, but for what it does, it does it just a professional-looking and with a better interface for the casual user to get it done a lot faster.
  3. h1r0ll3r thread starter macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    Thanks for the input. Guess it wouldn't hurt to have both. iPhoto only being $5 and all. Think I'll give it a go and see which one works out best for me.
  4. AWK macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2012
    Reduce pixel size on an ipad in iphoto

    I'm new to iPad and have the latest model, partly for working on my blog and uploading photos on the move to that blog (Wordpress). Which software app will allow my to reduce pixel size on the iPad before uploading? IPhoto - Snapseed - Phototouch?
  5. Oppressed macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    I believe this feature is built into Blogsy app for bloggers.
  6. ppfd macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2007
    West Virginia USA
  7. Jakimo macrumors 6502

    Apr 25, 2008
    Colorado Springs
    Any new thoughts, now that PS Touch 1.3 is out?

    I think I remember hearing that iPhoto loses GPS tagging of some other EXIF data when editing. Is this true?


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