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redlev Level 1 Level 1

Hi,

 

I would like to crop my photo's as circles or ovals without having to buy Photoshop. Is it possible in Aperture? I schoot and edit in raw.

thank you

lilian


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Solved by léonie on May 1, 2013 6:10 AM Solved
This was asked not to long ago and the one installed app we aways forget aboutPreview came to the rescue!LOL, Frank! Preview was the first application I checked, believe it or not!  But I let myself be tricked, because the "Tools" drop-down menu only shows "Rectangular selection". You really have to setup the toolbar icons "View > Show Edit Toolbar" to discover the "Circular selection" icon. Preview hides its secrets very well!
Reply by léonie on May 1, 2013 12:56 AM Helpful
Lilian, Aperture only crops rectangular selections, sorry - it does not support alpha channels, that would be required for transparency and arbitrary shapes.Try the free GIMP - it can do similar things to Photoshop. If you have the iWorks apps - Pages, Keynote,  you can use the masks to crop your photos to arbitrary shapes.iBook Author is also free and lets you add masks to images (add a shape and use image fill). RegardsLéonie
Reply by Kirby Krieger on May 1, 2013 2:12 AM Helpful
In a pinch -- that is, not as a repeated workflow -- you can use BorderFX to make simple ovals (and circles):https://discussions.apple.com/message/16331537#16331537

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  • léonie Level 10 Level 10
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    Lilian,

    Aperture only crops rectangular selections, sorry - it does not support alpha channels, that would be required for transparency and arbitrary shapes.

    Try the free GIMP - it can do similar things to Photoshop.

     

    If you have the iWorks apps - Pages, Keynote,  you can use the masks to crop your photos to arbitrary shapes.

    iBook Author is also free and lets you add masks to images (add a shape and use image fill).

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • léonie Level 10 Level 10
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    You could also give Pixelmator a try - it is inexpensive and easy to use,  and you can download a trial version here: http://www.pixelmator.com/try/

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6

    In a pinch -- that is, not as a repeated workflow -- you can use BorderFX to make simple ovals (and circles):

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/16331537#16331537

  • léonie Level 10 Level 10
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    BorderFX again to the rescue! I forgot that it can do that as well - is there anything it cannot do?

  • redlev Level 1 Level 1

    Hi Kirby, thank You for the tip. I downloaded borderfx and played around like adviced in the link but don't seem to manage to achieve a circle nor oval while using the rounded corners at the maximum radius... what am I doing wrong?

  • redlev Level 1 Level 1

    Hi Leonie, thank You for the GIMP tip, never heard of it. I will try the other ones as well...

    kind regards

    lilian

  • léonie Level 10 Level 10
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    You can download gimp here: http://www.gimp.org/downloads/

     

    and user manuals and tutorials from the  Documentation page:  http://www.gimp.org/docs/

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7

    This was asked not to long ago and the one installed app we aways forget about Preview came to the rescue!

     

    Preview can do a ton of things that you never think about, thisis one of those.

     

    regards

     

    Message was edited by: Frank Caggiano - If you try out GIMP make sure you get the latest version for OS X. It now runs native. Previous versions ogof GIMP for Mac required X11

  • léonie Level 10 Level 10
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    This was asked not to long ago and the one installed app we aways forget aboutPreview came to the rescue!

    LOL, Frank! Preview was the first application I checked, believe it or not!

     

    But I let myself be tricked, because the "Tools" drop-down menu only shows "Rectangular selection". You really have to setup the toolbar icons "View > Show Edit Toolbar" to discover the "Circular selection" icon. Preview hides its secrets very well!

  • redlev Level 1 Level 1

    @Leonie and Frank; big thanks! I would not have found it without L's explenation!

  • léonie Level 10 Level 10
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    You are welcome!

    Without Frank's hint I would not have looked again at Preview!

  • redlev Level 1 Level 1

    I am only wondering how it will effect the quality of my picture. have to jump into the preview help mode for i have never used it for things other than viewing pics. have a nice eve in Hamburg

  • léonie Level 10 Level 10
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    I am only wondering how it will effect the quality of my picture.

    That will depend on the quality you use to export from Aperture to Preview, and also on the quality you use to save from Preview. Export at the best quality you need for the purpose you want the photo for.

     

    The basic idea is to use the "elliptical selection" from the "Edit Toolbar", then drag the mouse across the rectangular area that contains your ellipse/circle and then copy the selected area to the clipboard. Now create a new image (File > New from Clipboard) and this will create a new photo with transparent background. Then save this image in a format that supports transparency - tiff or png.

     

    Screen Shot 2013-05-01 at 17.51.25.PNG

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6

    As you know, Frank is way ahead on this one.  No need to mess around with BorderFX to _crop_.  (If you want a border, though ... .)

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