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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   Jon Martin

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Posted February 09 2009 - 02:26 AM

This may be a stupid question, but is there a simple photo editing program in the Mac? Something like MS Paint, for simple touch ups? Like cropping and things like that. I've tried iPhoto and, quite honestly, it is a bit too confusing. I'm almost on my first anniversary with the Mac and love it, yet Paint seems to be the one thing I still use on a PC.

#2 of 11 OFFLINE   Ted Todorov

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Posted February 09 2009 - 04:10 AM

You just need a time machine back to 1984 when MacPaint was the first program of it's kind -- and not confusing Posted Image

Then again, I don't find iPhoto at all confusing for doing simple things like cropping or removing red-eye. All the other programs I know about -- Aperture, Lightroom, Photoshop, Gimp are far more powerful than iPhoto. Try going to versiontracker.com, click on the Mac OS X tab and search for photo editing -- you'll probably find hundreds of programs.
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#3 of 11 OFFLINE   Batt

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Posted February 09 2009 - 05:27 AM

Preview has basic editing features.

#4 of 11 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted February 09 2009 - 07:38 AM

For basic photo editing, like cropping, color correction, and red-eye, I encourage to give iPhoto another try. It's the easiest way I've found to do that basic stuff. Picasa, from Google, is also a good basic photo editor.

For general purpose, low-cost pixel drawing, frankly the Mac options are weak compared to Windows. But I can recommend two options that I have (and paid for): Seashore (free) and Pixelmator. Also look at Acorn.

#5 of 11 OFFLINE   ErichH

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Posted February 09 2009 - 12:07 PM


Funny, after using Photoshop for years, I thought iphoto was a little confusing at first. Once you 'Get' the interface things are easy. Try Some of the 08 links here

Apple - Support - iPhoto


The edit videos here are very straightforward - http://www.learninge...ic.com/iphoto6/

#6 of 11 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted February 09 2009 - 02:46 PM

Another option is Photoshop Elements. It gets high marks for photo editing.

#7 of 11 OFFLINE   Jon Martin

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Posted February 10 2009 - 01:59 AM

Thanks for all the information everyone. I did find that cropping tool in Preview, which helps a lot. I played around with iPhoto some more, and I still have trouble with it. I do a lot with movie posters and other things on my website, so often find a beat up one somewhere online and like to go in and try to fix it up. With Paint it was always easy to do with the little paintbrush tool, and matching the colors. But it isn't as easy in iPhoto. Thanks again.

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Posted February 10 2009 - 02:55 AM

There's also GIMP. Very powerful; abhorrent GUI. I don't like it, but many people find the price right (free).

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Posted February 10 2009 - 09:49 AM

I miss Adobe Photo Deluxe - it was so useful and easy to use. I've still got it on my old iMac.
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Posted February 10 2009 - 10:37 AM

They need to make Irfanview for OSX

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#11 of 11 OFFLINE   Eric M Jones

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Posted February 15 2009 - 01:35 PM

Not sure if you've found a solution you like but for minor things I've found Pixlr to be a pretty decent app. Plus it is totally free since it's a web app.

Online image editor pixlr free - fix photos direct in your browser

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