Thought I would do something a little different. Everywhere you go on the web there are people talking about how great Photoshop is. Ok let’s face it Photoshop is amazing but what if you are just starting out and you don’t have the A$1168 for the non student/teacher edition of CS5? Or what if you just spent all your money on a dSLR and you don’t really want to fork out the A$201 for CS5 Photoshop Extended Student and Teacher. I’d rather put that $200 to a 50mm 1.8 but thats me.
So what are your options. Well there is the free GIMP which although very powerful I can’t stand the UI (user interface) so another one that I have come across is Pixelmator. Pixelmator is only for Mac but I’ll do another post on Windows alternatives.
- At $59USD it isn’t going to break the bank
- UI is very nice
- Some decent tutorials floating around
- Not as many tutorials as Photoshop
- Not as easy to remove elements from a photo
- Somethings take a little longer
Now i’ve been playing around with Pixelmator on and off again for a few years. I wouldn’t say that I am a Pixelmator master but I have managed to do some nice edits. The best thing for me about Pixelmator is of course the price. If all you are wanting to do is change the exposure, contrast, saturation a bit and maybe crop then this is leagues above iPhoto and if you want to get a little more creative then it has the power to do that too.
I’ll be doing a few tutorials over the next few weeks, which will get you started
Head over to Pixelmator and grab a copy. Like most things it will take a little getting used to but at that price it’s worth a shot.
It should be noted that I wasn’t paid by Pixelmator or am I any sort of affiliate.