What did the iPhone do for smartphones? The touchscreen with easy navigation and apps that were and remain usable by mere mortals. What we like is ease of use and Apple gives it to customers in abundance. Sure, I like all that Photoshop can do, but I prefer to accomplish some of the same thing with fewer clicks.
Click, Click, Glamorous
That penchant for ease of use makes me a sucker for one-trick pony utilities that do this or that and not much else. I have a growing collection of such apps, especially those that perform Photoshop-like tricks on my Mac’s photos with just a few clicks.
Enter Photo Glamour, an inexpensive Mac photo enhancement utility that’s been around a few years and seems to get better with every upgrade (and that’s good because some of the earlier versions were not). Grab a photo, select an enhancement, click to enhance, or click and then alter presets to improve a photo however you choose.
Here’s an example:
Here’s another Before and After using adjusted presets for Golden, Vignette, and Morning Sun.
That tells you what you can do with an otherwise bland photo, but how do you get there? It’s all point and click. Well, that, and a measure of taste, experience, and understanding of image enhancement techniques.
But mostly point and click. Here’s an example of an image– before and after– with the sidebar preset tools and adjustments to get there.
Photo Glamour features more than half a dozen basic glamour effects. This include the basics:
- Glow – puts a color adjusted glow around an object
- Dreamy – adds a dream-like soft look to a photo
- Classics – think one-click options to do classic effects
- Movie – places a movie quality saturation to a photo
- Black & White – not just stripping out color
Photo Glamour also gives you options for vignettes and a variety of image effects, including light adjustments, natural weather effects, and plenty of lens flare options; all as presets, but each with an option to adjust components and save the end result as a preset to use again.
Is this a cheap Photoshop?
No. What you get are three basic enhancement options. Glamour, Vignettes, and Effects. Each comes with point and click presets which enhance almost any mundane image, but with granular controls for each preset which gives you almost unlimited options.
There’s almost no learning curve here and you get more than the $5 price tag would imply. The only negatives are the obvious ones. It’s not Photoshop so you cannot control every aspect of the image. There’s no try-before-you-buy option, either.
But if what you want is quick and dirty photo enhancements without investing in trudging through an extensive learning curve, your money is well spent.