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Q For Mac Users: What's Your Favorite Photo Editing Software For Mac Users?

Posted by: Anita Lewis on 07/15/2013 - 12:10 PM

Hi this question is for painters, photographers, digital artist, etc if they use Mac. What's YOUR Favorite Photo Editing Software for Mac users?

I have a Mac and I'm thinking of purchasing either Adobe Photoshop CC or Lightroom vs Apple's Aperture app. Before I make a commitment I thought I'd ask the experts. I'm looking for a robust program with variety of editing tools (including blur correction), 'effects' and user-friendly interface.

I appreciate your thoughts!

Nita. :-)


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Posted by: Philip Sweeck on 07/15/2013 - 12:32 PM

I use aperture and within that several other editing software like silver efex, color efex and topaz.For what I did in photoshop, I replaced that with pixelmator ( I think you can compare it with photoshop elements ), which is specifically designed for os x and only costs $15. It can be downloaded in the app store.

I don't know how lightroom and aperture compare to each other since I've never used lightroom.

Here's a comparison, in this it says aperture has the better user interface, which you said being important:


Posted by: Paul OToole on 07/15/2013 - 12:42 PM

Here is my list:

IPhoto for course seeing its on my Mac already.
Neat Image for noise reduction - Free
GIMP - Free
Pixelmator - Purchased
Colour Splash Studio - Purchased
Vector Designer - Purchased


Posted by: Frank J Casella on 07/15/2013 - 12:42 PM

I use Apple Aperture all the way.... most of the time ... otherwise the Pentax editing software which is made my Silkypix.


Posted by: Kay Pickens on 07/15/2013 - 1:49 PM

I use Lightroom for cataloging all my photos and basic edits. I use photoshop for more intensive editing, applying textures, doing HDR, etc. Photoshop is pricey, and has a steep learning curve but it's my recommendation.


Posted by: Mary Bedy on 07/15/2013 - 3:21 PM

I'm using Photoshop Elements 9 - about 100 bucks or less. It's missing a few things the pro version has, but it's still a good program. I have Pixelmator and really have not tried it. Lightroom and really have not tried it....and last but not least the only thing I use i-photo for it to see my grandchildren's photo stream. I HATE i-photo - the way it handles (sorts) "files", but that's just me.


Posted by: Robert Frank Gabriel on 07/15/2013 - 3:25 PM

I use Photoshop Elements 11 (I shoot in RAW mode most of the time and PE11 changes RAW to Tiff and/or JPEG). This is a good basic program. Unless you are a digital artist or have the money to spend on a program that will cost hundreds of dollars, PE11 should be ok.


Posted by: Mary Bedy on 07/15/2013 - 3:27 PM

Robert, I read in another thread the version 11 has some "issues", so I have not upgraded. Did you use a lower version before? Do you see a difference?


Posted by: Ginny Schmidt on 07/15/2013 - 3:31 PM

I never used anything but PhotoShop, starting at work about 20 years ago - Now that I'm retired I can't afford to upgrade so I bought PSE-10, which works pretty much as well as I need it to. However, I will put this thread under my Watched Discussions so that I can keep track of programs that other mac people use because I might want to try something different sometime. I guess all macs come with iPhoto, which i do not "use" per se, it just grabs onto and stores every image I upload. If there is anything I can actually "do" with iPhoto that is helpful or interesting, that I cannot do in PSE, I'd love to know.


Posted by: Mary Bedy on 07/15/2013 - 4:35 PM

Ginny, the little bit I've played around with i-photo, there are lots of thing that it does NOT do that Photoshop elements can do...I upload using "image capture" simply because I can't stand i-photo. At least I can see my file dates, files sizes, etc. in a list....


Posted by: ANITA LEWIS on 07/15/2013 - 6:03 PM

Thank you everyone for your input, suggestions! Phillip thank you for the link, that will be helpful for my research. I'll check out the other programs mentioned as well. I will continue to monitor this discussion...lots of good info! I appreciate your participation


Posted by: Ginny Schmidt on 07/15/2013 - 6:20 PM

So there are a few suggestions here - it would be nice if people would write something specific that they like or don't like about programs they are familiar with.

I like PSE primarily because it works very much like PhotoShop, which I started using on the job many years ago. I am not sure what PhotoShop CC is all about, but I have seen it mentioned a number of times. I am going to look up information on the internet about the other programs mentioned above.

Oh I forgot to mention way back in the early 1990s I used a program called "Digital Darkroom" but that was before there were (or at least before I could afford) a computer, a scanner, and a printer that could handle color. I did freelance desktop publishing at the time, and laid up a whole book with numerous photographs on my old box Mac SE with a black and white scanner and Digital Darkroom. Even though someone else wrote the book, I still consider it my own publishing masterpiece!


Posted by: Margaret Saheed on 07/16/2013 - 12:43 AM

I use iPhoto for storing my images and send an image to PSE8 for editing then Save it back to iPhoto.

I am a painter and photographer and was initially told (and read) that the much cheaper PSE compared to PS would do most of what I would need. As I have not used any other program I cannot compare them, but I am perfectly happy with PSE/iPhoto for the level of editing I am doing and learning, maybe plus the fact that I only keep a very small number of the images I take so I do not have a 'huge' photo library!


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