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Retouching photos (2/2)

Jul 21, 2010, 15:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sander)

"In my last post, I commented on the general possibilities of how one can refine their photos using Aperture or digiKam. In this post, I discuss what tools are available for retouching and how easy it was to use these. As usual, I start of with Aperture and compare to what one can do with digiKam.

"Aperture
In Aperture, the adjustments are accessed by opening the adjustments tab and then clicking on the adjustment drop down menu. It will show you a dozen of brushes and 22 adjustments in total of which White Balance, Exposure, Enhance, Highlights & Shadows, Levels and Colors are the default set. In general, Aperture offers adjustments to change the colors in your photo (White Balance, Levels, Curves, Contrast), to enhance your photos (Enhance, Highlights & Shadows, Sharpen, Edge Sharpen, Noise Reduction, Exposure), to correct for lens issues (Devignette, Chromatic Aberration), to correct for artifacts in your photos (Retouch, Red Eye Correction and Spot & Patch). Additionally, there are several effects included, such as Blur, Black and White, Sepia, etc. and some tools to adjust the geometry of the photo such as Straighten, Crop, Flip etc. Unfortunately, Apple forgot to organise the tools. It seems that their place in the menu were rather random. So, I found my self scrolling up and down the list at quite some occasions in order to find the tool I was looking for."

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