Apple Aperture 3.4.3 Review – performance
You can carry out basic adjustments such as cropping, Levels adjustments, Curves and sophisticated hue, saturation and tonal adjustments, but while Aperture can correct chromatic aberration, it doesn’t fix lens distortions, either with automatic lens correction profiles or even manually.
It does offer localised adjustments via Quick Brushes, for tone and colour enhancement, sharpening and noise reduction, for example, but they’re not as straightforward to apply as Lightroom’s Adjustment Brushes.
This makes it all the more likely that you’re going to need a separate image-editing application for anything other than routine image enhancements.
You can save adjustments as preset effects, just as you can in Photoshop Lightroom, but where Lightroom could conceivably replace Photoshop, it’s unlikely that Aperture ever would.
Aperture does have other strengths, including its efficient photo management, its photo book design tools, web galleries and web journals, which combine photos and text in the form of a blog-style website.
It also has a unique Light Table feature for combining and comparing pictures on a virtual table to arrive at a cohesive and complementary collection for a portfolio or publication.
However, while it’s a very strong Photoshop complement for Mac owners – especially at just £55 – it’s not a Photoshop replacement.
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