Photo editing sw for a simple workflow
February 26, 2008 11:49 AM Subscribe
I am looking for recommendations on a good photo editing application for a Mac. Specific needs inside.
posted by cayla to media & arts (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
After a bit of a break from taking photos, I am starting to ramp back up.
I just went to launch Photoshop and it immediately crashed with an 'unrecoverable' error. This is probably due to a recent upgrade (10.4->10.5) as this is the only thing that has changed on the system recently. I am not interested in fixing this problem because 1) I suspect Photoshop is probably overkill for what I need and 2) ummm... well, lets just say this copy was 'borrowed' and I am looking to go legit but don't want to spend ~700 dollars in the process.
My process for photo processing is fairly simple.
All I want to be able to do is the following:
Starting from iPhoto, launch the editing software and do some very basic
color correction. (Think auto levels/colors, but with room to tweak).
Optionally, I may want to convert to black and white at this point. The way I did this with PS was to tweak the channels in monochrome mode until the proper look was achieved. A similar method with the new application would be ideal.
Then I want to crop the photo as 5x7, 8x10, 8x8 or some similar ratio. I want the DPI maintained for this step. Also, I don't want the application to decide how the image is cropped. I would like the application to give me an aspect ratio constrained box that I can move over the image and selecting the anchor points myself. Once I am happy with the photo, I save this image as the high res original.
Working from that saved image, I then want to maintain the aspect ratio, but downgrade the DPI to 72. This images is saved as the web copy.
Then I want to make a 140x140 pixel crop of the last image for use as a thumbnail. Same cropping functionality is desired here as above. This is the final image I save.
I am playing with GraphicConverter right now, but I don't like how its controls for cropping and black and white conversion. (Either that or I am missing how it is supposed to be used).
Also, as I am writing this, I am getting the feeling that I am kind of missing the point of DPI. I had always kind of assumed that the photos my camera produced had an 'intrinsic' DPI value, but logically that doesn't make any sense since the camera wouldn't know when I take the photo how 'big' it supposed to be.
I suppose the bottom line is that I want a touched up, very high quality copy of the photo for printing purposes, a much much smaller but suitably high quality copy for displaying the photo on my website, and a fixed sized thumbnail (140x140 so the layout of my site isn't borked).
Any and all suggestions are appreciated. Ideally, I would like to use a fully functioning demo before committing and I wouldn't mind spending up to 150ish dollars. (I could go a bit higher if it were a really slick application).