7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 20, 2010 7:53 AM by mr88cet
mr88cet Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have several questions for any of you, ultimately leading to the same goal: To find an appropriate graphics app for my needs.

I can't for the life of me remember what it was called, I seem to recall having seen at the local Apple store still-image graphics program. That is, not a photographic-editing tool as much as a graphic-image-design program. Loosely speaking, perhaps one could describe it as kinda like a still-image version of Final Cut's "Motion" application. It appeared to be an actual Apple product, but if so, I can't seem to find it anywhere on Apple's website.

In general though, I'm looking for something with:
* Knowledge of objects - fonts, lines, circles, squares, filled curves defined by splines (etc.) as objects, able to render them at best-possible resolution, to move them around and resize them after initially drawing them, re-order their appearance front/back, etc.
* Photographic elements being one such object.

One odd-ball requirement for my one, specific, immediate need: The ability to read slide(s) from PowerPoint. Having no "real" such graphics-design program, I drew up a T-shirt design in PowerPoint. I can't seem to get PowerPoint to export it into a form that the T-shirt vendor can use at a sufficient level of control to get it specifically at 600dpi resolution.

Can Aperture do any or all of this? Do you have any other suggestions?

Thanks for the ideas!

Mac Pro 2.8GHz 8 Xeon, MacBook Pro 17", iPhone 4, iPad 3G, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,915 points)
    I'm looking for something with:
    Knowledge of objects - fonts, lines, circles, squares, filled curves defined by splines (etc.) as objects, able to render them at best-possible resolution, to move them around and resize them after initially drawing them, re-order their appearance front/back, etc.


    This is not Aperture.

    Regards

    TD
  • CorkyO2 Level 4 Level 4 (1,290 points)
    mr88cet wrote:
    I have several questions for any of you, ultimately leading to the same goal: To find an appropriate graphics app for my needs.

    In general though, I'm looking for something with:
    * Knowledge of objects - fonts, lines, circles, squares, filled curves defined by splines (etc.) as objects, able to render them at best-possible resolution, to move them around and resize them after initially drawing them, re-order their appearance front/back, etc.
    * Photographic elements being one such object.




    This sounds like a job for Adobe Illustrator. A fantastic, but expensive program (I use it professionally). It will certainly do everything you indicate in your second paragraph above.

    There is the program 'Draw' which comes with OpenOffice if you want to give it a go for free:

    http://www.openoffice.org/index.html

    I have only used Draw briefly, but it did vector art on a basic level pretty well in my experience.




    One odd-ball requirement for my one, specific, immediate need: The ability to read slide(s) from PowerPoint. Having no "real" such graphics-design program, I drew up a T-shirt design in PowerPoint. I can't seem to get PowerPoint to export it into a form that the T-shirt vendor can use at a sufficient level of control to get it specifically at 600dpi resolution.



    Typically, you would use vector art for creating designs for T-Shirt prints (or perhaps the vector drawing tools in a program like Photoshop in a pinch).


    Note - many manufacturers offer trial versions of their software (Adobe certainly does) which you might check out.
  • mr88cet Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Somebody at the Apple Store also suggested Illustrator, so I'll indeed give it a look. Thanks!
  • mr88cet Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Just for the record, regarding this one-time, immediate T-shirt-design need, there's a chance that Apple's Keynote, which I have on my "big mac," will work. Unlike PowerPoint (or at least my old version of it on my MacBook), Keynote appears to have a means of exporting to TIFF which will work for the T-shirt company.
  • mr88cet Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Actually, I have a quick follow-up, and a follow-up question, perhaps not much related to Aperture, that is unless Aperture can in fact solve this new problem...

    The follow-up: Actually my version of PowerPoint does have a way of saving as various kinds of image files. (I was looking for it in the form of "exporting" or "printing" to an image file, but it turns out that it's a kind of "save as."

    The follow-up question: When I tell PowerPoint to save as a 1200dpi TIFF file, it invariably saves it at 72dpi, regardless of what DPI setting I choose. However, I was able to save it as a 1200dpi PICT file that, apparently, includes vector information (probably fonts, were I to guess). I therefore tried to pop that PICT file up in GraphicConverter so that I can re-save it in TIFF format. It won't let me do that, saying that it runs out of memory. So, the question: Do any of you know of a program that can rewrite a 12000x9000 PICT (admittedly rather large) file with vector information, and re-save it as a TIFF file? Perhaps Aperture can in fact do that?

    By the way, upon trying to open it with Preview, it said that PICT support is not available in 64-bit mode, and then mumbled something about some sort of 32-bit mode option in the "info" window for that file, which I was unable to locate.

    Thanks a bunch for any ideas you might have!
  • CorkyO2 Level 4 Level 4 (1,290 points)
    mr88cet wrote:


    So, the question: Do any of you know of a program that can rewrite a 12000x9000 PICT (admittedly rather large) file with vector information, and re-save it as a TIFF file? Perhaps Aperture can in fact do that?


    No, the .PICT format is not one of the listed supported file types that Aperture can work with.

    Even Photoshop has dropped all but rudimentary support for the .PICT format with the introduction of CS5 (although I believe it can still save out as that format).



    By the way, upon trying to open it with Preview, it said that PICT support is not available in 64-bit mode, and then mumbled something about some sort of 32-bit mode option in the "info" window for that file, which I was unable to locate.




    I believe this is telling you to select the Preview application and run the 'Get Info' command via control-clicking (right-clicking) or 'Command + I'.

    You should then see an option to run in 32-bit mode which you would select > close Get Info window > launch Preview. Deselect the option to return to 64-bit operation.

    I don't work with the .PICT file format, but I would think that Google might be your best bet if Preview cannot handle the conversion.
  • mr88cet Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ah, I was looking for such an option on the file itself, but not on the info for Preview itself. Gotcha.

    Thanks for the ideas!