When iPhoto’s enhancement tools are not enough, where do you go for more? Thankfully, the Mac App Store has dozens of inexpensive photo tools, including a new one that I really like.
I Picked PicLight
Photoshop can do far more than PicLight, but you’ll spend less time and far less money applying one of many dozens of effects, tools, and filters to your photos.
No, PicLight isn’t Photoshop. First of all, it’s barely the price of a cheap lunch. Second, it’s mostly point and click.
That means over 17 photographic lighting effects, filters, and tools are easily applied to a photo with a few clicks.
For example, PicLight has plenty of presets– 40 montages, 55 lighting filters, and 45 glow filters to add artistic effects with little more than a click.
Photos can be cropped, rotated, flipped and manipulated– with saturation, hue, exposure, contrasts, shadows, and more– even black and white, sepia tone, and vintage looks can be applied with a click.
PicLight’s interface is straightforward and instantly familiar. The toolbar is uncluttered (and still uses the stupid floppy disk icon to Save a file– no floppies on Macs since forever).
Select from Montage, Lighting, Glow, and Textures below the photo. Details and controls for each are displayed in the righthand sidebar.
Original photos can be compared to enhanced photos with a click of Compare button. Many tools have sliders for more granular control over effects settings.
Lighting effects can be blended in a variety of modes and four categories of effects can be superimposed onto a photo.
No, PicLight won’t compete with Photoshop for photo effects, but it’s far faster and easier to use, and the nominal price won’t set you back more than a trip or two to Starbucks.