Mac or iPhone, I don’t think there’s a category of apps that’s grown larger, faster than photography. That means an app that costs but a few dollars can turn ordinary photographs into artistic masterpieces with little more than a few clicks here and there.
From Boring To Beautiful
How can you transfer a plain, ordinary, run-of-the-mill photograph into a stunning work of art? Back in the day it was Photoshop, but that app is horribly expensive and terribly complex to learn.
What about those of us in the point-and-shoot crowd? Isn’t there a way to take simple photos and use point-and-click to improve them?
Yes. Here’s yet another example of photo apps gone wild. This one is called Shine. It comes with all kinds of tools, filters, and enhancements, but Shine means light, and options for light is what you get.
For example, Shine has Lens Flares which can add depth to what seems like a boring scene or portrait photo.
There’s a built-in Contrast engine to bring out photos that appear bland. Click to add a Light Glow vignette look which enhances even the most bland photo. Look at what you can do with a few clicks.
Of course, all of Shine’s effects are non-destructive to your original photo. And everything can be shared quickly on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, or email.
Click on a photo above to see a larger, pop up version.
Shine has a Tint engine which quickly changes the mood of an ordinary photo.
Save photos and settings as a Shine document and go back later to make adjustments or changes. All the basic OS X functionality remains in Shine.
It Auto Saves, Auto Restores. There’s Undo and Redo, and even a version history of edits and changes.
Every lens and lighting effect is visible in the Sidebar with both slider and numeric entry (for greater precision), and you can view changes side-by-side with the original. Simple, straightforward point and shoot photos become artistic with Shine. It’s a little more expensive than most new Mac photo apps, but what it does isn’t easily repeated in cheaper apps.