Appleists, can you recommend a free (or cheap) photo editing programme / app.

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  • allthegear
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    Do you mean you want some specialist stitching app or just generic image editing? For the latter, I’m a complete fan of Pixelmator.

    Actually prefer it to PhotoShop these days – I really don’t need CMYK editing.

    Rachel

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    Thanks Rachel.

    Can I stitch on Pixelmator?

    What is CMYK editing?!

    Premier Icon miketually
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    Upload them to Google Plus and see how good a job their Auto Awesome feature does of stitching them together?

    allthegear
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    You can do it by hand but there is not an automated option I am aware of.

    CYMK is the print version of colours (cyan, yellow magenta and black) as opposed to the light colure, RGB.

    Rachel

    CountZero
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    CMYK, Cyan Magenta Yellow Black, is the process that printing uses, as against RGB for screen and web use. Different colour space.
    Damn, Rachel beat me to it. 😀

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    What is CMYK editing?!

    Printers use Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and blacK ink (CMYK) while monitors use Red, Green and Blue light (RGB). As a guess, you can optimise for printing using CYMK?

    CountZero
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    There are some print processes, called HiFi Printing, that uses six or seven colours; CMYK + green and orange, or CMYK + RGB, but they require stochastic screening, and are very expensive.
    Where I used to work we had one customer who did very bright watercolours of scenes in Antigua, and we used Rubine Red insted of Magenta to get the vividness into the prints. Worked very well, too.

    allthegear
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    /me having strange flashbacks to using QuarkXPress with spot colours back in the 90’s…

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    Just back from holiday and while iPhoto can do 90% of what I need to do, I can’t ‘stitch’ photos together.

    I took LOADS of panoramics and would like to edit them together (up to 6 consecutive photos).

    Any experiences good / bad?

    Thanks.

    If you haven’t downloaded it before why not go for the free trial of Photoshop Elements?

    There’s a wizard which is quite good and stitches reliably, i think you click file>’new’>’photomerge panorama’. I’ve used it lots, the pic linked was about 10 images stitched – linky. Sorry I can’t seem to do the embedded pictures for some reason.

    Hugin is the ultimate photo stitching program, and free, from :

    http://hugin.sourceforge.net/

    It is very very powerful, does it all pretty magically and not all that hard to use. There are tutorials on the web if you get stuck or don’t know what all the options mean.

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    Those were the days…..

    CountZero
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    allthegear – Member

    /me having strange flashbacks to using QuarkXPress with spot colours back in the 90’s…

    I never really used Quark, I did all the Photoshop/Illustrator stuff,
    Like checking supplied files for errant Alpha channels and layers that had been left behind.
    There was always one hiding somewhere that would bite you in the ass when going through the RIP.
    I really miss all that. 🙁

    allthegear got it. Pixelmator does everything regular folks need. Its ‘magic’ selection tools are effective. you can readily layer, scale, rotate and flatten to get pics stuck together. Have a look at some of these tutorials to get an idea of what it can do.

    What camera did you take you pics with? IIRC the Canon software includes a panorama stitcher.

    A quick google turned this up. [edit: joemarshall got there way before me, I just didn’t read enough]. And it sounds like AutoAwesome is worth trying.

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