November 29, 2021 at 3:08 pm #66713
Would anyone be able to help me to find a photo editing program that I could install on a MacBook 2011 or a Mac Air 2013 with OS High Sierra? I’ve had trouble finding an editing program that is compatible. Does anyone know of one that works?November 29, 2021 at 6:25 pm #66727
Welcome to the forums, @samuelwest! Does your Macbook come with the “Photos” app? That might be the first thing to try. For other ideas, check out this post on the forums about editing software for Macs and this one about editing artwork.
Other editing software that is often recommended here on the forums includes:
- GIMP (free, but clunky to use)
- RawTherapee (free, with a bit of a learning curve)
- Darktable (free)
- Affinity Photo (one-time payment; on SALE right now!)
- Adobe Lightroom (subscription based)
I have Affinity Photo, but I never use it for editing photos, since I bought Lightroom several years ago and never looked back.
Perhaps @loganlamar can chime in if he’s learned of any new ones recently. 🙂 I don’t use a Mac myself, so hopefully others here who do can chime in and help you out.November 29, 2021 at 7:30 pm #66728
Thanks for the help!
My computer does have Photos on it and that’s what I’ve been using. However, I’ve been wanting to upgrade to a more advanced editing program and have had trouble finding one that is compatible with our computers. Thanks for the suggestions I’ll have to try them out and see if any of them work.December 1, 2021 at 11:30 am #66783December 2, 2021 at 11:52 am #66854
Does anyone know if you can change a picture’s resolution on Photos? Either changing it to a higher resolution or to a lower resolution?December 2, 2021 at 4:41 pm #66885
It may not be very intuitive, but you can resize an image only when exporting it from the Photos app to your hard drive. Here’s a thread on the Apple forums about it. (Looks like you’ll have to click the little down arrow ‘↓’ in the Export dialog in order to see the option for “Size”)
If you already have a photo on your hard drive, you can resize photos in the Preview app as well.December 6, 2021 at 1:13 pm #66952
Thanks for the help! I figured out how to resize images by exporting them from Photos. I also downloaded GIMP and that works, so I should have all I need now!December 6, 2021 at 2:19 pm #66954
Thanks for the help! I figured out how to resize images by exporting them from Photos. I also downloaded GIMP and that works, so I should have all I need now!
That’s great! Happy to help. 🙂December 7, 2021 at 9:12 pm #67031December 21, 2021 at 9:44 pm #67633Logan LamarParticipant
I use On1 Photo RAW for my editing program. It’s very similar to Lightroom and has a lot of similar features (just better 🙂 to take my shameless stab at Adobe). No subscription required, but they re-release the software every year with new features. It appears the earliest OS the current version supports is MacOS Mojave (10.14). You might be able to reach out to support to see if they would be willing to sell you an earlier version? It’s a bit of a long shot, but it could work…
Lightroom, On1, Luminar, and Apple Photos are excellent photo “developers” as I like to call them. They’re great for batch processing a lot of images.
GIMP is an excellent photo “editor” to learn and get started on! “Editors” are more like Photoshop or Affinity Photo and they typically allow you to really delve and change a lot of things about one image. I tried using GIMP; it was okay. I found it not intuitive to use, but it’s a very powerful editor if you take the time to learn it.
I currently use Affinity Photo. It’s not Lightroom, but it’s very similar to Photoshop (except you only have to pay for it once and it’s yours forever).
Looks like you got a pretty good set up going with GIMP; take the time to learn it and you can get some great results!
Let me know if you have any further questions!!
@loganlamarDecember 28, 2021 at 12:15 pm #67686December 29, 2021 at 1:55 pm #67741
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