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Jul 20, 2010, 12:04 (1 Talkback[s])
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"In this post, I compare the facilities to retouch photos in both digiKam and Aperture. Since for both packages there are plenty of options to retouch your pictures, I decided to split the post up into two different posts. In this post, I address where to find the tools and some the quick and easy retouches and how the editing works in general. In my next post, I will discuss the more advanced options, compare the tools available in either application has and say a bit on how they behave. As usual, I start with Aperture and then compare to how digiKam works.

Making adjustments to your photos has been made very easy using Aperture. As shown in the screen shots below, you simply open the Adjustments tab and there you will find controls to make adjustments to your photograph. If you open the adjustments tab the first time, you see a set of adjustments and two menus at the top: presets and adjustments. By opening the adjustment menu, you can change the set of adjustments you see and the presets menu gives access to several predefined presets. A preset is a set of adjustments to obtain a particular result, for example, there are presets to convert to black and white, sepia, enhance the contrast and setting the white balance. In Aperture you can define your own presets and easily apply them to multiple photos!"

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