Photographers have a different set of features that they require in their main application. Adobe tried to support this with Adobe Bridge in Photoshop and although some like it, most find it very slow and difficult to use. To answer the needs of digital photographers, Adobe, Apple and others stepped up to create an application dedicated to photography. Applications like iPhoto, Aperture and Lightroom have become the digital hub for photographers.
iPhoto has a very limited set of editing tools and is mainly used to organized photos. Aperture and Lightroom, on the other hand, have many more powerful tools to quickly edit and manage photos. When it comes time to really manipulate a photo, these applications don’t have the tools that Photoshop and Pixelmator have. This article will mainly compare image editing and manipulation tasks in Pixelmator and Photoshop.
Pixelmator, as mentioned in the previous article, already has a great set of core image editing features. The same advantages Pixelmator has for Graphics, also applies to photography and other areas. Beyond the basics, Pixelmator starts to lose out when compared to Photoshop. Although Pixelmator 2.0 takes a big leap in narrowing the gap between the two. Let’s look at the features still missing in Pixelmator after the next 2.0 upgrade and some solutions.
There are three features that the developers of Pixelmator could add to really help photographers and they are: 16-bit image processing, liquify, and improved filters. Most professionals will choose Photoshop, but for the rest of us, Pixelmator offers a great set of core tools at a great price. Combining Aperture with Pixelmator offers ninety percent of the tools needed to edit photographs professionally at a fraction of Photoshop's price.
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