New to community, not to photography. I have used Irfanview (Ancient, loved Windows photo viewer/editor program) for like twenty years for my work. In Irfanview it is very simple to select a rectangular DETAIL area of a photo, copy it, then create another LARGER rectangular selection elsewhere on the photos and then paste the copied detail into the larger area. Easier to do than explain. I also use "Irfanview" to overlay an EXIF date-time stamp onto the image.
Then I save the photo. When I bring it in again, it is all one pixel map...one image, no layers.
Since I switched to Mac OS several years ago, I have used "Parallels Desktop" at $99.99 per year licensing, to run Windows 10 on my Mac Mini...only, and merely, to run "Irfanview" and do the above capture-paste I've been trying on and off to do those two things on MacOS with miserable success. I now use a Macbook Pro with the M1 chip, (won't run Parallels...yet except as a beta).
I have the Mac app, "BatchPhoto" to do date-time stamping, and "XnViewMP" seems to work for the pasting of a detail-capture into the same image (larger), but I haven't mastered it yet, only succeeding twice. "Pixelmator Pro" is what I'd like to use for both these functions (I've asked Mac geeks in Mac forums to name an editor app with an EXIF date-time stamper, but I seem to be the only one in world....etc.... Help!
I've tried copying a rectangular detail area with "Pixelmator Pro", but can't paste it back into that larger rectangular area.
Talk about Pixelmator Pro, share tips & tricks, tutorials, and other resources.
Use the rectangle tool to select a rectangle. Deselect the rectangle (click outside the area). Paste the rectangle. Use the Arrange tool (top of the list) and paste. The paste creates a new layer. Move the rectangle to where you want the selection. Select a corner of this pasted rectangle and pull to expand it. Export the image. Hmm. There must be a flatten option somewhere but didn't find it just now. Export as png flattened the file. Maybe as a jpg as well?
A sample image of the end result would probably help here. Perhaps it's possible to achieve the same result using a slightly different workflow in Pixelmator Pro.In Irfanview it is very simple to select a rectangular DETAIL area of a photo, copy it, then create another LARGER rectangular selection elsewhere on the photos and then paste the copied detail into the larger area. Easier to do than explain.
There isn't currently a feature in Pixelmator Pro that would let you date-stamp your images — you'd need to copy and paste the required metadata to a new text layer. If you're familiar with scripting, though, you might be able to set up an AppleScript workflow that does this for you automatically.