The last time I purchased a piece of software to edit photographs, it was Photoshop 6 for PC. I had tried version 7, which did the job well, on others’ computers, but version 6 did the job, and did it for years on end and many computers.
However, I can’t install it anymore. Perfectly normal for software that came out ten years ago.
I have tried pretty hard to get GIMP to do what I want to do, but I don’t know how. I don’t want to invest in a version of Photoshop nowadays and find out that it doesn’t either, and that my hard-won reflexes are no longer current anyhow, which is the only reason I would upgrade.
Anyone know of a resource that would tell me how to do the following in either a modern version of PS that I could buy, or in GIMP?
This is sort of my workflow when I put together figures for papers:
- I open up all my photos that I want in the final figure. Usually TIFF but sometimes JPEG format
- Design a transparent base document with the final pixels-per-inch (or more) resolution
- Drag guidelines over from the rulers and place them where I want to frame each part of the figure (they’re usually multipart, lettered a, b, c etc.) and leaving an equal measurement of white space around them
- Note that these parts are not necessarily a reproducible size. They will take into account the shape of the object I want to show, so may be squares or rectangles.
- Paste in each photograph as its own layer, onto that base document
- Arrange them in position by dragging them around
- Perform a homotethic transformation – I don’t know what it is in normal English – but fit the part of the photo I want by enlarging or shrinking, to scale, the original photograph so that what I want to showcase appears in the guidelines I consecrate to that particular subfigure part. Know what the scale factor was, because most of my photos do not have automatic scale bars written in and I often have to calculate them and add later.
- Be able to rotate the photos at any angle so as to best adapt my axes to the frame.
- Be able to rename the layers by the letter of the part of the figure to which it corresponds.
- Adjust contrast and color so that the backgrounds of comparable photographs are similar, if they were not all taken at once under identical conditions (usually the case)
- Be able to clone-stamp out bits of dust in the background or if they are in a non-essential edge of the photo. I believe that much clean-up is permitted, and I’ve always done that out of respect for the visual message.
- Be able to annotate with Arial text in any color, as a separate layer (or more).
- Be able to add any color curved or straight lines, solid or dashed, and arrows and arrowheads, as a separate layer (or more). Be able to duplicate these additional forms.
- Save the entire figure with its layers.
- Save the entire figure with all layers fused into one TIFF file.
Suggestions, please! Links also welcome.