Apple builds many of the graphic and photo manipulation tools right into OS X so developers can put functionality into an app with less effort. That explains the few dozen free paint and drawing apps, and is the prime reason there are so many photo editors like this one.
Editing Photos For Phun
There’s little question that I have more than my fair share of photo and image editing tools on my Macs. They range from Photoshop to Pixelmator to GraphicConverter.
A recent addition is PicEdit which bills itself as a well-designed and powerful photo editing app. Think of retouching photos to get stunning effects instantly.
Anyway, that’s what the PicEdit developers think of PicEdit.
In reality, PicEdit is pretty good, but not fantabulastic, and certainly not competitive with the likes of Pixelmator which costs a few dollars more, but is also more complicated to learn.
Instead, PicEdit relies on a wide variety of presets to get basic filters and effects with just a click or two (instead of requiring you to take a night class on how to use the app).
Effects and filters are easily mastered in PicEdit.
Photos are easily cropped to any size, but also various standard aspect ratios. You get controls over contrast, color, saturation, exposure, and more, and each photo enhancement can be compared to the original as you make changes.
Filters and effects are a single click, but each can be adjusted using typical Mac slider bars (without numerical adjustments, though). PicEdit even comes with a variety of picture frames, a number of lighting effects, as well as vintage styles, sketch styles, and options to customize color, pens, moisture, and more.
The claim to fame with PicEdit is the lengthy list of presets which make enhancements a one-click affair. PicEdit is competent but could be more Mac-like in the user interface, but simplicity is the hallmark.