Raw photo workflow with lens corrections -- first time Pixelmator Pro user

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2020-06-05 21:05:03

Hi, I am trialing Pixelmator Pro. I am an experienced raw photo processing software user, but have always had trouble wrapping my mind around PS and similar software, so usually have bad experiences trying them, and then I move back to my raw processor software options.

So far (Day 1) I like what I see.

I see there are no lens corrections. I shoot raw, and like to have my lens distortion and fringing/CA corrections applied.

What is an efficient way for me to shoot raw photos, use Pixelmator Pro, and have lens corrections in my final result? For example, can I somehow use Pixelmator Pro in conjunction with Apple Photos to get this result?

(The thought crossed my mind that Pixelmator Pro uses the Apple Core engine and maybe that engine also applies lens corrections?? Or can be set to do so?)

Thanks
Arg
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2020-06-08 07:17:38

Hi Arg, Pixelmator Pro does use the Apple RAW engine and as long as the particular lenses are supported by that engine, at least the geometric distortion and vignetting should be corrected when opening RAW photos in Pixelmator Pro. Fringing/chromatic aberration is a different matter but we know that for more advanced photography work, it's necessary and it's something we're considering adding in the future.

The only tricky thing is that there doesn't seem to be a public list of supported lenses so we don't know exactly which ones are supported, though most popular ones do seem to be supported.
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2020-06-12 20:59:40

Thanks Andrius, that is certainly good news about distortion and vignetting corrections.

For fringing/CA corrections, what do you think is an efficient way for me to shoot raw photos, use Pixelmator Pro, and have those corrections in my final result?
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2020-06-16 10:18:41

by TN Args 2020-06-12 20:59:40 For fringing/CA corrections, what do you think is an efficient way for me to shoot raw photos, use Pixelmator Pro, and have those corrections in my final result?
If you really need to correct fringing/CA and it isn't corrected automatically by the Apple RAW engine, then there isn't really a way to correct the fringing somewhere else and still edit the RAW in Pixelmator Pro. Of course, if you export a 16-bit image with the basic edits done (like exposure/white balance/etc) in a format such as TIFF from another RAW editor, you can apply the final edits in Pixelmator Pro. But again, for now, you'd probably need another app for things like this, so it's not the most efficient workflow. Still, as I said, we are looking into adding this to Pixelmator Pro! It's just that it's currently more of a potential plan and not yet in development, so it will likely take a little while, even if the plans materialize.