Why would I add to my collection of Mac apps yet another app that adds effects, filters, backgrounds, textures, frames, borders, to my photos? I’m a glutton for cool Mac apps—those handy, one-click utilities that work wonders on tired, old, boring photos.
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iPhoto is nice for what it does. It stores photos. It gives you a few options to clean up or enhance photos. It shares photos. That’s about it.
If you want 29 more ways to enhance your photos you need something else.
Flare is a the Mac app that makes it simple to add effects, filters, textures, borders, backgrounds to a photo using presets.
It comes with dozens of preset effects for exposure, saturation, contrast, color gradient, black and white, and lens effects.
Also included are effects to add grain, texture, lightleaks, rounded edges, distortion, halftone, as well as the standard array of gaussian blur, motion and zoom blur, sharpen, glow and more.
In other words, Flare is a digital photo enhancement machine. Here’s how Flare works.
Drag and drop a photo onto Flare and choose from any of the many Presets to modify the image (without changing the original; always a click away).
Flare lets you edit and save any of the Presets, or customize a Preset to your own requirements. Add effects to the stack, or delete what you don’t need. Each effect has granular controls, for example, sliders to enhance texture or saturation.
Flare has dozens of textures, backgrounds, borders, and frames so your finished photo masterpiece can be completely unique.
You can also control blending of effects to achieve whatever look you need on any photo.
Flare lets you save tweaked photos as Snapshots which can be viewed or used later. Undos are unlimited. Images can also be cropped and rotated within Flare.
Finished photos can be exported in .jpg, .png, or .tiff file formats, shared by email or uploaded to Flickr.
Flare supports drag and drop from iPhoto, Aperture, Photoshop, and Lightroom, and includes import of RAW format photos.
It won’t take more than a few minutes to figure out how to use Flare, but you’ll spend hours mixing and matching the filters and effects. My only complaint is that Flare is one photo at a time. It’s not much for workflow but the presets can help speed up processing.
This is a nicely done app, representative of the new breed of inexpensive Mac App Store creations. Flare is a friendly and effective way to update boring photos and give them an artistic, well, Flare.
Now that my main camera is a phone, and my main video camera is a phone, how about some Flare for videos?