PHOTOGRAPHY APPS FOR THE MAC
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Photoscape X is arguably the most robust photo editing application for the Mac. What is unique about this application is that it combines multiple levels of functionality to fulfill all of you photo needs. The major features that come with Photoscape X are Viewer, Editor, Batch, Collage, Combine, Create Gif, Print, and Tools. The Viewer keeps the photos on your Mac organized and accessible; the Editor provides tools for adjustments, filters and effects, brushes, and frames. Batch, Collage, and Combine enable you to edit multiple photos at once, arrange photos in multiple collage configurations, and combine photos into horizontal and vertical banners. Create Gifs enable you to create gifs quite easily by dragging multiple images to the stage, and Tools offer the ability to create screen captures or easily access hues through a built-in color picker. Visit our blog post to learn more.
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Everyone loves Photoshop, but the price can be expensive to some of us. If you are not a professional, but you are looking for features that can give your photos a professional quality, Pixelmator is a nice alternative. The official Pixelmator website offers video tutorials, which can also be found on their Youtube page. I recommend that you visit those sites to get you up and running. Pixelmator is $29.99 in the Mac App Store, probably the best deal you will ever find for an application of this quality. Note: Pixelmator also released an application for iOS, and all apps include iCloud integration, so projects can shared and edited across platforms. Learn more about Pixelmator.
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Intensify is another impressive photo editing application by MacPhun LLC. With this amazing application, you can give your photos intense clarity and precision. Intensify comes with a list of presets, such as, architecture, black and white, creative, detail enhancement, image tune, landscape and soft. With each setting, you can select the star to add to your favorites for quicker editing in the future. In addition to presets, adjust tools for temperature, contrast, details, sharpness, and vignettes can also be applied independently or in conjunction with the presets. You will be amazed by the added clarity of your photos. The application is currently $14.99 in the Mac App Store.
FX Photo Studio Pro
FX Photo Studio Pro by MacPhun LLC is an application that comes with over 170 filters. Each filter effect can be previewed in the form of a thumbnail before applying. While filters are the primary features, the app also comes with the ability to add masks so that you can control where the filter is applied, and frames and borders. FX Photo Studio has an easy and simple user interface that is intuitive and fun to use. FX Photo Studio is also made for iOS and the experience is surprisingly consistent across platforms. The desktop version is $19.99.
iPhoto was replaced by the new Photos app (first introduced during WWDC 2014), which is fully integrated across OS X and iOS. Along with this new development, Apple added third-party photo editing integration right inside the native photos app. The desktop version still contains the same editing features, but has a much smoother and cleaner interface, and better iCloud integration. More recently, iOS 10 and MacOS Sierra introduced Memories, a new technology that organizes photos automatically and turns them into video slideshows.
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In the language of photo editing, "Retouch" is a word used to describe a process that enables you to eliminate unwanted details in your photos. The featured is offered in several iOS applications like "Retouch" and "Handy Photo," but nothing quite matches the precision and quality of Snapheal. Snapheal, another application by MacPhun LLC, is the premiere retouch, removal photo editing application that expunges unwanted details, like words, signs, chairs, cars - virtually anything you want removed from your photo. Snapheal works like magic! The app comes with tools that allow you to control the diameter of brushes, selection tools for isolating objects with more precision, adjustments tools for controlling contrast, saturation, color, and exposure, and expanded viewing options for full or split screen viewing. As a Macphun product, Snapheal can be purchased as part of a bundle.
Some applications come with a ton of features, but Focus 2 focuses specifically on blur and tilt-shift effects, produces superb results. The application comes with presets which are featured along the bottom, including, portrait, nature, architecture, macro, tilt-shift, and custom. With each preset selected, you can control the aperture, vignette, vividness, or choose to turn auto enhancement on or off. The application also comes with a gesture guide for track pad users for seamless editing and intuitive interaction. Not surprisingly, MacPhun LLC created this wonderful app, the developers who also gave us Intensify, Snapheal, and FX Photo Studio Pro. Focus 2 is $14.99 in the Mac App Store.