Photo Editing Software

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by CasiLindberg, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. CasiLindberg macrumors member

    May 20, 2008
    What is a software, preferably free, that can edit photos with more options than iPhoto.

    The main thing I want is to sharpen photos, increasing the number of pixels in the photo
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    That's... not what sharpening does. You can't really increase the quality (megapixelage) of a photo.
  3. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 20, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    All sharpening will do is define the pixels more. To much and you will distort the image horribly. I don't think there is any way to add pixels to a photo unless you up the resolution in the camera before you take the photo. As far as another software, not sure what is good that's free...
  4. rainydays macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2006
    Actually, you can do that to some extent using interpolation. But it's correct that it has nothing to do with sharpening really, but it will increase the quality when you enlarge an image.
  5. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Yep, and that is the idea behind Photoshop and other similar software packages when increasing "size". Alien Skin's Blow Up software package claims to do it via a temporary "vectorization" of parts of the image- at any rate it approaches the idea from a different perspective anyway. You can see the difference in their take on it in the examples at the link above. The differences are notable, but one would really have to need the difference in professional uses it would seem as it is also a $249 package! :eek:

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