Instead, I rely on what is known as post-production– Mac photo enhancement apps that make better photos than what I take with the camera. Here’s another one you can use and it’s free.
Makeover, Or Blur?
This one is called Face Makeover EZ and it is kinda sorta mostly what you think it should be, based on the app’s name.
This one is rather simply to use, too. Just drop in a portrait photo, adjust the Style, Detail, Fuzziness, and Edge buttons to improve skin tone, and Voila!
A portrait photo makeover. Well, depending on your original photo it could be either a makeover or a colorful blurring of detail.
I’m not sure which, but the end result always looks about the same– a soft, dreamy, glamour magazine look without skin imperfections and blemishes.
Using Face Makeover EZ is, well, easy, and you get to view the before and after look on the same screen, side-by-side.
The user controls are not exactly intuitive, but they’re limited in number, and mostly straightforward to implement.
The only problem is that the end results all tend to look the same– almost like fuzzy cartoon characters instead of a photo from Cosmopolitan magazine.
Think of Face Makeover EZ as the free trial version that comes with limitations. It takes a large photo and condenses it to a max of 768×768 pixels. The Pro version, the one with a somewhat substantial price tag, outputs photos up to 4,096 pixels.
I’ve used other apps from the same developer, and a few are decent, especially Pencil Sketch Pro, but pricing could be more competitive.