Quality, useful apps that once cost plenty of money and met with limited distribution can now be downloaded by the masses for a few dollars. Here’s one that you’ll love using because it helps to transform boring photos into artistic creations– point and click.
My Mac is home to a growing collection of photo enhancement apps. Some are free, most cost merely a few dollars, and all of them together give your mundane photos a completely new life.
The latest addition is Sprout FX which literally seems to sprout artistic enhancements with nothing more than a few clicks.
First, it comes with dozens of imaging tools that can be customized and blended together to create your own palette of effects.
For example, filter strength is adjustable up or down, which gives you a huge range of combinations which can be saved and used again.
Second, Sprout FX comes with preset effects, textures, and even frames– all with individual controls.
Look how easy Sprout FX is to use. Drop in a photo. Select Effects, Frames, or Textures from the lower toolbar.
Then select an option.
That seems simple enough, right?
It is. Once you select an effect, filter, or frame, Properties appear in the right sidebar.
Sprout FX gives you slider controls for each, including exposure, blur, sharpen, color temperature, tint, for Effects, and similar tools for frames.
The sliders make adjustments in the selected enhancement in real time, right on the screen. Artistic creations become endless as you mix and match Effects, Textures, and Frame settings.
The Favorites section is where you save specific settings as presets to be used again. Sprout FX isn’t work but does require some trial and error to master, especially when combining settings.
At the pro end, Sprout FX handles RAW file formats, and at the consumer end, photo creations can be shared via email, Facebook and Twitter. Nicely done. Remarkably inexpensive. Easier to use than iPhoto.