Let’s give Apple some props where they’re due. For Mac users, nearly everything we need to become and remain good computer citizens is included in each Mac; OS X, Mail, Calendar, Safari, Contacts, the suite of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, plus a few others.
Also included with each Mac is Garageband, iTunes, iMovie, and now Photos to replace the aging iPhoto. What’s not to like about all those free apps? Well, for one thing, Apple limits app functionality and doesn’t load them up with features we might like to use, preferring to cultivate the third party app developer community (that’s my hope, anyway). That forces us to look elsewhere for more creative functionality. PhotoStyler is a good example.
A Swiss Army Knife Photo App
Photos is a good upgrade to iPhoto, but doesn’t bring much new photo enhancement functionality to the table. PhotoStyler does. In fact, all it does is photos. What you get is dozens of photo filters and effects which can be mixed and matched for nearly unlimited options. PhotoStyler excels at making an original photo better than the original. It all starts with a handful of basic modules.
The first is Vintage photo filters and effects to bring back that Polaroid or Technicolor or Sepia look. The Tuning button gives you more options for colors, sharpness, dodging and burning.
The Materials tab adds various textures to a photo. Blemished can be removed using the Fixing tool. Even add Frames to see the customized photo apart from the average riffraff stored in iPhoto. PhotoStyler is more about the styles photographers used back when film was all we had, so there are plenty of vintage options.
Here’s what you can do with a few clicks.
Any average photo, even those taken with an iPhone, can be transformed into a work of art with just a few clicks.
Look at the list of presets available in PhotoStyler.
With just a few clicks you can transform a rather mundane photo into a vintage classic using a long list of preset filters and effects including Lomo, Polaroid, Technicolor, Cross-Processing, Sepia, plus Color splash, Glow, and Bloom.
Then drop in Frames, Scratches, Textures, Tattered surfaces, Captions, Sprites, before adjusting Color balance, Levels, Curves and much more.
There’s even an option to view the effects and filters side-by-side with the original.
You can certainly do more to a photo by using A Few Words About Photoshop, Pixelmator, And Monthly App Rentals at the same price, but PhotoStyler is much faster and easier to use.
It’s available on the Mac App Store but the developer also has a try-before-you-buy version for download.