The best option for amateur and serious photographers is to edit pictures on the Mac. Editing images on Macs is easier and better because of the iCloud Photo Library, larger storage, faster processors, and more computing power. You can also edit pictures on your iPhone, but the results won’t be as impressive.
Macs come with built-in photo editing tools to add the oomph to your images. If you want to get started, here are a few hacks that you must remember.
1. Resize and crop a photo on your Mac to get the right frame
The composition and framing of an image are extremely important when editing. If you wish to resize images that come in unnatural sizes and ratios or crop someone out of an image, you can easily do so on your Mac.
Resizing a picture is important when you plan to upload the photo on a social media platform or print it out to create a traditional photo album. You can use the in-built Preview application as an image resizer Mac to fit into the presentation without weighing down the file or distorting it.
If you need to crop an image, you can choose the picture, click on Edit, select Crop and click on the rectangle’s corner that appears around the picture. The complete image can be seen in the background, and you can drag the corners until you are satisfied with your selection. As soon as you let go of the corner, you can see the cropped picture.
2. Fix the red-eye problem in the photos
During the days of compact cameras and camera phones, the red-eye was a much more serious problem than it is today. However, if you are experiencing the red-eye problem in your pictures, you can easily get rid of it. Right-click on the picture having the red-eye problem and click Edit. Select Adjust and keep scrolling until you arrive at Red-Eye in the Edit view. You need to click on the arrow to open the tool and select the Auto button to correct the red-eye.
If the problem isn’t rectified, you need to zoom in on the eye, select the Size bar of the Red-Eye tool, and when a circle appears, you need to click on the red spot. The problem should be corrected, and your picture won’t appear distorted.
3. Flip, rotate or straighten a picture on the Mac
Select the Rotate button on the Edit menu to flip the image. When you click Rotate, the image will be rotated anti-clockwise. But if you want to rotate it clockwise, you need to press the Alt/Option key when you click on the Rotate button.
If you want to straighten the image, click on Crop and drag the mouse pointer on the dial. When you click on the dial, you’ll see a grid, which can be handy to match up the horizon or straight line in your image.
You can easily flip, straighten or rotate images on your Mac using the built-in Preview app.
4. Brighten a picture and make it pop
iPhones are excellent at taking nighttime pictures or the SLR camera you’re using. However, you may have clicked a beautiful picture where some details are hiding in the shadows. It might be that the picture was taken in low-light, and you need to make some adjustments to make all the elements in the image pop truly. You can easily brighten up a picture on your Mac by adjusting the exposure and more.
You need to open the picture and click Edit. Select Adjust and choose the first tool in Adjust: Light when the edit options come up. Select the triangle below to bring up additional options like Exposure, Brilliance, Shadows, Highlights, Contrast, Brightness and Black Point. The simplest way to brighten images is to drag across the Lightbar.
However, you need to adjust the brightness, exposure, and contrast for better results. Drag each of the tools to see its effect on the picture. If you are unsure of the results, you can go back to the original picture and start the process again.
5. Use filters to make your images look artsier
Want your images to stand out when you upload them on social media platforms? You can add filters to make your pictures appear artsier. The filters are found in the image editor, and you can experiment with the different filters to see which works the best.
Are you ready to start editing images on your Mac? Remember these tips, and your pictures will complement the photography pro you are.