In a vain attempt to become a little more artsy craftsy with my photography, I went looking for what’s new among inexpensive Mac apps that improve my photographic skills. Jackpot.
B&W, Grunge, HDR, Tint, Oil, Sketch, Haiku
For years I collected Photoshop plugins until the expense of Photoshop upgrades and plugin upgrades became cost prohibitive. My photos don’t make me any money. It’s a rugged economy. What else is out there?
I came across JixiPix Software while checking out Dramatic Black & White. It is what you think it is. An inexpensive app that turns color photos into classy black and white photos.
What it does is more than just strip out color from a photo. Presets give you control over lighting, contrast, darkness, and texture.
Wait. There’s more.
A click away was a companion app called Grungetastic. Again, it’s what you think it is. Grunge. That’s all it does, but, again, the controls make it worth a look.
There’s another app that takes your photos and turns them into oil paintings. With the oil.
Now we’re just getting monotonous. Another app from the same developer does HDR. Another does vintage scenes. Another does romantic photos. One even does Haiku.
Hand tinting? Who has the time. Now it’s point and click.
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All total, 8 different apps for the Mac, many of which also have iPhone and iPad versions. Not only are they very good tools, they’re dirt cheap (relatively speaking). However, add them all up and suddenly it’s more than a pretty penny, so some kind of package deal would be nice.
Also, the photos on the JixiPix web site are, of course, professionally developed. Most of mine didn’t look that good. But they looked better than what I usually get from iPhoto.