Mac users can opt for a lifetime of monthly payments to Adobe for Photoshop, or step up to Pixelmator with more bells and whistles than Alexander Graham Bell for a lot less money, or try something different. After all, the Mac is from Apple, and Apple’s slogan is ‘Think Different,’ right? This one is free.
Why Is This Free?
Improving digital photos is easy with the right app, and there are plenty from which to choose– starting with the venerable iPhoto.
Yes, iPhoto has enhancement tools, though they’re nothing to write home about, and you can do better for the same money.
Try Fotor. Honestly, I have no idea why this Mac photo enhancement app is free. What’s the crazy business model this remarkable app is based upon?
Thanks to Apple’s built-in graphics tools Fotor can bring you a gazillion features– filters, effects, color controls– for next to nothing.
No. Wait. That’s not right. Fotor is nothing. It’s free.
All you need to do is drop in a mediocre photo, click here, click there, adjust a slider bar or two, and Voila! Photo enhancement does easy and free. Tools are typical Mac and easily learned.
Photos can be improved using built-in settings, or add effects and filters, even borders, to give a photo an almost magical touch. Start with Classic, graduate to Lomo, move to Vintage, adopt Cool, go retro with B&W, get Funky or Splash Color.
Crop, adjust color, even tilt-shift until the cows come home. Make basic edits, or go into HDR. Create collages and drop text onto an image. Improve skin tone and whiten teeth. And do it all on standard Mac image files– RAW, PNG, JPG, BMP, GIF, TIFF.
I’ve used Fotor for a few years and still don’t understand the pricing model. There’s no price. Many Mac photo enhancement apps with a price tag ranging from $4.99 to $19.99 do not have the same features or capability.
New in the latest version is the Batch Function option so you can edit multiple photos with the same saved settings. Until someone at Fotor realizes this app is worth money I’ll keep using it. If you’re on a budget and iPhoto’s anemic tools don’t cut it anymore, you’ll probably be impressed, too.