- What Photoshop software for Mac?
I want to get my wife photoshop for Mac for her Birthday but after looking at the various options available with prices ranging from £55 – £700! I have no idea what i should be buying. Currently she just uses Aperture which isn’t anything special and I know she finds the limitations of it frustrating.
She wouldn’t want pro standard commercial software, but something that will give a greater range of editing and creative options etc.Posted 4 years ago
Photoshop Elements would do the trick or if she shoots in RAW a lot then Lightroom 5 (currently £72 direct from Adobe) does almost everything the Elements can and also has the much better RAW capabilities.
Alternatively full fat Photoshop and Lightroom 5 together can be had for £8.78 p/m on a subscription basis. After 12 months you either stop using it or continue on the normal rate of around £18 p/m.
GIMP is free but a pig to use and personally I never got on with it.Posted 4 years agoAlexSimonSubscriber
Lightroom for general photography workflow, then you could probably get away with a free or very cheap app for cloning/transforming/masking/selective colouring/etc.
If Gimp does all this, then it sounds fine – there’s apparently a version which tries to mirror Photoshop tool layout.
As it’s free at least you haven’t lost anything other than time, by giving it a go.Posted 4 years ago
Should have provided a linky:
All Adobe offers on there including the LR5 one…Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Either Photoshop Elements or Lightroom. Elements is the cut down version of Photoshop (but it’s only slightly cut down) so more aimed at editing, and Lightroom is aimed at processing batches of photos efficiently.
Elements comes with a powerful photo organiser, which you may or may not find useful. So if you want to just shoot, store your photos, then occasionally edit something ie cut out a background, tweak noise etc then that’s good. LR is more about sitting down after your day out and processing the lot, like developing a film I suppose.Posted 4 years agoShackletonSubscriber
This thread may help too. Not quite photoshop but goes beyond Aperture and integrates well with, and builds upon, lightroom. Has cloning, layers and content aware functions. Have just downloaded so free offer still works!
Another option would be Lightroom 5 with the NikEffex plug ins. Should come to less than £200.
I know many photographers who no longer use photoshop as LR with a few plugins pretty much does it all now. If you absolutely must have that single function then use GIMP but for the most part photoshop is overkill and overly complicated. If you really want to do major image manipulation (i.e. creating new, involved, composite ones, not just developing photographs) then photoshop is the way to go.Posted 4 years agostuartyMember
Gets my vote over anything on mac
Cheap enuff realy good workflow does a decent job especialy if you n3ed a batch done non destructive
How ever if you doent own lighgtroom then that photographers deal that adobes doing seams good value if you need photoshop cc as well
God i hated aperture ,iphoto absolutely non intuitivand for once theres loads of good tutorials for lightroom by yer woman. Julieanne kost ..top marks to her…Posted 4 years ago
Gimp was far to buggy for me
My photos have never been so well organised even back up hardd drives
Opps excuse me rambles..
Slight thread resurrection but if you want other photo editing related ideas has your wife got a tablet?
I have just set my Intuos 4 back up and forgot just how much easier it made photo work.
Something like this would be an ideal starting point:
I had a Wacom Bamboo as my first tablet and this is the (much) newer version of and for general work it should be more than sufficient.
This and Lightroom and your wife is away…Posted 4 years agoIAMember
Serious question – did those suggesting Lightroom not read the OP, or does it actually do more than Aperture? If so, please enlighten me!
Happy with aperture here, what’s she trying to do that it won’t do it?
If I need to actually dick about with a pic, then Gimp, or Pixelmator.Posted 4 years ago
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