If you’re into digital photo enhancement, here’s the tale of Mac app you’re going to love and hate at the same time.
PhotoDazzle: Beautifier is the Mac app I hate to love, and love to hate. What it does is nothing short of wonderfully miraculous and totally frustrating.
You know the problem with portrait photos, right? A portrait is essentially a close up, and a close up photo reveals imperfections (color problems, pimples, imperfect skin, unwanted hair, wrinkles, and much more).
PhotoDazzle: Beautifier does what you always wanted a portrait enhancement tool to do. With a few clicks the app can smooth out a tan, colorize hair, change eye color, add a soft skin look, remove wrinkles, even add lipstick and eye shadow colors.
The tools are simple and easily applied to a photo using straightforward controls and sliders.
Drop in a portrait photo. Select one of the facial enhancement tools from the right sidebar palette and configure the changes in real time.
Is that cool, or what?
What PhotoDazzle does to portraits is remarkable. That’s the part you’ll love. The part you won’t love is the app’s stability. There isn’t any. After nearly a year on the market, reviews from customers fall into two categories.
Love it. Hate it.
I love what it does, but it’s a temperamental app that seems to decide on its own when it wants to work and when it doesn’t.
The latest version is better than previous versions, but still leaves me with mixed emotions when using it. It’s easy to apply an effect to a portrait and think, “Wow. This is so cool.” Which is immediately followed by, “I hope it doesn’t crash!” Which is often followed by words I can’t print when it does.