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Light re­touch­ing and ad­just­ments

Mac Format - - RATED -

Once you’ve got an im­age open in the app, the pro­grams on test fall into two broad cat­e­gories: the Pho­to­shop-like ones that ex­pect you to choose from a tool­bar and menus, and the Light­room-like ones that sup­ply slid­ers or a list of pre­sets. PS El­e­ments (in Ex­pert mode), Pix­el­ma­tor and GIMP fall into the for­mer, so you’ll need to know that, for in­stance, Lev­els is the adjustment to go for to brighten up a photo. El­e­ments can be put into Guided mode for a bit more user­friend­li­ness, but th­ese three apps are at the more ad­vanced end of the scale. iPhoto of­fers Quick Fixes, one-click ad­just­ments that at­tempt to cor­rect prob­lems such as red eyes or crooked hori­zons, Ef­fects to add fil­ters or vignettes, and Ad­just to al­ter an im­age’s colours with slid­ers. Pho­toDirec­tor works in a sim­i­lar way, with Adjustment hav­ing slid­ers and Edit the fil­ter ef­fects; while AfterShot drops you straight into a vast ar­ray of slid­ers on its right-hand side, with Pre­sets at the bot­tom filling the role of one-click fil­ters.

Pho­to­shop El­e­ments opens raw images in Adobe Cam­era Raw.

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