Yes, those apps– each of which comes with a price tag and a learning curve– can add a bit of pizzazz to your photos, but there might be a better way. Well, if not better, at least faster, easier, and much less expensive.
Soap Cleans And Enhances
New on the block this week is a cute, inexpensive, and remarkably useful Mac app called Photo Soap. Soap may not be the right descriptive word, but let’s go with it. Photo Soap cleans boring photos and enhances them with all the standard options you’d find in more expensive photo tweaking apps.
Soap comes with four distinct cleaning levels. Lite Soap, Medium Soap, Big Soap, and Super Soap. Select a level from the Photo Soap menu. Drag and drop a photo onto Photo Soap (or, just use the Open Image menu selection).
What Photo Soap does is add a touch of color, mixed with contrast and brightness, topped off with some color density, a pinch of sharpness, and some vibrance saturation.
Boom. The photos look better; almost as if they’ve been, well, you know– cleaned. Clean as in digital soap.
There’s not much to configure, either. Photo Soap is about as simple as a photo enhancement app could be, so there are no floating palettes of configurations or slider bars to learn.
Tweaking can be enhanced or decreased simply by selecting a different Soap Level (Lite, Medium, Big, Super). That’s it. Even plain, ordinary, and most mediocre photos can be enhanced by using Photo Soap. Is it worth the money? If all you want is a quick and simple way to add a little more color, vibrancy, and sharpness to a photo without fumbling through a palette of settings, then, absolutely.