Editing made easy
Photos offers many of the same editing tools as iPhoto, but they're easier to use and offer more functionality.
To edit a photo, you can simply click on the image and then press the Edit button in the upper right-hand corner. This will bring up a new side menu that offers editing tools like Enhance, Rotate, Crop, Filters, Adjust and Retouch.
Under Adjust, you can tweak various aspects of the photo, including light, color and definition, using a simple slide ruler. Compared to iPhoto, the tools offer better visuals to see what you're doing.
Not knowing a ton about photo editing, I also appreciated having the Auto button, which would automatically select the best settings based on the picture.
For those who have a little more photography know-how or want to experiment, you can drill down even further under these settings to make more refined adjustments. For example, under Colors, you can fine-tune the saturation, contrast and cast.
But maybe a little too easy for some
While Photos offers some advanced settings like white balance and level, it lacks some of the professional-level tools found in Aperture. For example, it doesn't have brushable or curve adjustments and doesn't support splitting and merging libraries. And you can't add custom metadata fields in the app.
While Apple believes that Photos will offer enough to satisfy many current Aperture users and pros, the company said it also understands that others might opt for a more powerful editing program like Adobe Lightroom.
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