Sharing photos can be hazardous to your reputation as a photographer. My preference is to tinker with and tweak the photos I share or upload.
That means iPhoto, which is good for managing, storing, and finding a large number of photos, isn’t so good when it comes to improving photos. To get the most quality out of a photo, you’ll need a Mac photo editor app.
Fortunately, Mac users have plenty of editors which make image enhancements point and click simple.
Point And Click Pro Photos
Stick with iPhoto to tweak, enhance, improve your photos and you’ll long for something more. Sure, you can try Photoshop, but you’ll need a few years of night school to figure out how it works.
In between the free and not-so-free apps, are a baker’s dozen of Mac apps with powerful post-processing photographic enhancement tools.
If quick and dirty and pretty is your game, you’ll probably like FX Photo Studio Pro. Yeah, the name is descriptive, but not exactly memorable.
But the name doesn’t matter. FX Photo Studio Pro is developed by a group of photo processing geniuses who know photography and know the Mac.
What you get is an uncomplicated Mac photo editor which gives you over 150 different effects and filters which you can apply to your photo with a click (one click for each one).
It’s affordable, fast, easy-to-use, loaded with effects, and delivers high quality nearly professional results with a minimum of clicks. Take a look at a screen image to see if you can figure out how to apply the effects and filters.
It’s almost self explanatory.
Effects and filters are selected from the horizontal row at the bottom. Add a photo by drag and drop (or the standard Open dialog box). The click to activate an effect from the Effects row.
With one click your photo can be transformed into a work of art.
FX Photo Studio Pro can display an original photo side-by-side with an enhanced image. Also, notice that when you click an effect, tools appear to the right of the enhanced image.
Not only can you mix and match any of the more than 150 effects and filters (stack one on top the other), but you get fine grain control for each effect.
All those effects and controls are just a single click away. More controls, including Undo, Crop, Rotate, Zoom, and Adjust are in the Toolbar above the image.
Even better is the option to create your own presets which can be applied to your photos with a single click.
FX Photo Studio Pro handles photo file formats from JPEG to TIFF, PNG to CRW, PSD to RAW and many others. Send photos back to iPhoto for storage with just a click.
What’s missing? Not much. I’d like to see direct sharing options to Flickr, to Email, even FTP support would be useful. Another gripe is that FX Photo Studio Pro is only available in the Mac App Store (there’s also an iPad version with more effects, but only on smaller images), with no try-before-you-buy option. However, the Lite version for the Mac is far less expensive.
I don’t know of an easier way to get so many effects and tools into a photo with so few clicks.