We take crystal clear photos with a camera and then apply effects to make the photo look as if it was taken with a Kodak Brownie or Polaroid camera from 50 years ago. If you like retro photos then you’ll love what happens to your ordinary photos with the PhotoStyler app.
Not Your Father’s iPhoto
As a place to store and share photos, iPhoto is a decent app. It handles tens of thousands of photos, shares photos easily, and even comes with a few photo enhancement tweaks of the one-click variety.
If you’re tired of iPhoto’s limited effects library, step up to PhotoStyler which gives you a variety of tools for seven different types of photo effects, all point and click.
To be straightforward about this app, it’s not the least expensive Mac photo effects and filters app you can find.
What PhotoStyler has that most other photo apps do not is a long list of specialized effects which can be applied to a photo with a click.
All the standard effects and color tools are there, of course, including color balance, levels, curves, sharpen, brightness, etc. Those are not the special tools you’ll like.
PhotoStyler features one-click effects for Lomo, Polaroid, Technicolor, Sepia and a whole range of vintage photo styles. Here’s an example.
PhotoStyler also comes with non-typical Tatter, Scratches, Overlay, and Texturize filters which even add finger traces, tattered sides and scratches, including photo ‘bends’ to emulate real world photography from the last century.
I’m not totally sure what it is about the modern photographer’s psyche which requires us to turn good photos into crummy looking antique styles of yesteryear, but PhotoStyler delivers.
You get the idea, right? PhotoStyler also does tilt-shift on photos using the Tilt-Shift filter (good for making a toy-like view of a boring photo).
There’s also Lomo and Grunge effects, a powerful masking tool for color splashes and a color Quartz composer which turns a photo into a neon-like work of art.
How do you apply all these photo effects and filters? It’s mostly point and click. Select one of the six tools from the palette, apply one of the more than 100 styles with a click, adjust and tweak as needed.
The built-in library is more than enough to get you started on a long walk down trial and error heaven, but you can tweak presets and grow the library to reuse styles on other photos. PhotoStyler is nicely done, straightforward and with hardly a learning curve, and easily deserving of all the four and five star ratings, despite the price.