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    Question Aperture 3 vs Photoshop
    I once knew how to use Photoshop 7.0 but that was a long time ago and I haven't used it since because someone else did all the photo editing for me (I am a photographer), however I will have to start doing my own editing again and since I am getting a MBP 13" a question is being raised: Should I go for Aperture 3 (Which I can get real cheap because of a special education discount) or Photoshop (which I can get cheap but not as cheap, I'd be looking at 220)? I have never used Aperture and have not used Photoshop in a long time either and have forgotten everything so there is learning involved either way. I am also new to mac.

    I would really appreciate some input! Thank you!

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    Jan 04, 2011
    Reading, UK
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    if your in the UK, have you tried i saw photoshop for 160 on there a few months back.

    as for what program you should use... i havent used aperture lol, but thats because ive never found something i couldnt do in photoshop for image editing.
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    CrimsonRequiem's Avatar
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    Jul 24, 2008
    MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB
    Photoshop does everything and more except manage your photos. >_>"

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    Jan 10, 2011
    Have you considered The Gimp?

    GIMP - for Mac OS X

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    Jan 19, 2011
    Quote Originally Posted by danielgmac View Post
    Have you considered The Gimp?

    GIMP - for Mac OS X
    Gimp is no good for Black and White conversion adjustement which I do often!

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    Jun 22, 2008
    Forest Hills, NYC
    15-inch Early 2008; Processor 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; Memory 4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 10.7.5
    If price is your main concern here, then you won't even have to worry about Aperture, discount or not. Should you install the latest OS version on your MBP 10.6.6 you will have access to the new App Store, and they sell Aperture for $79 there.

    Now, on to the main topic: "Aperture vs. Photoshop"... Though they both have photo editing capabilities, that's where the similarities end. Photoshop is more powerful than both Aperture or Lightroom by far, but as a photographer, the abundance of power often seems like severe overkill for most tasks at hand.

    I do all of my important editing in Lightroom 3, and all of the "extra" stuff such as cloning out pieces of debris or garbage cans in the way, or stitching together 14 vertical frames for a panoramic in PS.

    I've also recently started using Aperture 3 again for other reasons than personal work, (more like investigative) and though the interface has a couple of pluses, I much prefer Lightroom 3 for RAW processing. Its noise handling is far better, and the placement of tools and how they are accessed seems to help me work faster and get better results vs. Aperture. The only thing that Aperture has over LR which is great, are the selective brushes for editing.

    With LR, you're limited to what kind of selective editing you can do, but honestly, this has not ever been something that I'd use tons of anyway. LR has a lot of the same functionality as the brushes in Ap do, but the presentation is a lot different. The brushes just make it a bit easier to apply.

    Back to PS vs Aperture. Quite simply, Photoshop does not catalog your photos. If you used Photshop only, you could also use Bridge which is a browser style companion in which you can see all of your photos. Aperture and Lightroom however, are database driven and behave much differently. This is fairly broad subject matter, so I'd suggest doing a bit of Google searching on it.

    I also prefer Lightroom over Aperture due to how it handles keywording, catalogs and native file tree browsing. That's a personal preference though.
    There's a couple of other things I don't like about Aperture, but this thread isn't for that I suppose.

    My suggestion to you is to download both the Aperture and Lightroom trials and give them a really good run.


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