To be honest, this is a play on words. I collect Mac photo enhancement apps; everything from Photoshop to Pixelmator to GraphicConverter to most of the 99-cent one-trick-pony photo apps on the Mac App Store.
What was selected by Apple as Best of Mac App Store for 2011? A very slick photo enhancement app called Flare.
This app may be the easiest way yet to enhance photos with effects and filters with nothing more than a click or two. The secret is the built-in presets.
Open or drop in a photo, click the Presets tab, scroll throughout the presets and select the one you like.
Wait! There’s more!
Flare also gives you options to edit presets, add custom textures, frames, and borders to your photos.
And, Flare lets you edit effects by combining different ones, and you control the settings.
As if all those presets were not enough to make editing and enhancing photos no more difficult than a click or two, Flare lets you save the custom editing as a preset to be used on another photo.
Every click has an undo so you can stack effects and edit each one to get exactly the look you want, without fear you’ll destroy the original photo, and you can backup as far as you need.
There are over 100 built-in mix and match effects, and photos can be dragged and dropped from iPhoto, Aperture, Photoshop, or Lightroom. Even use Flare as the default external editor.
As an added touch of usefulness, you can store your own presets in Dropbox and share them with multiple Macs. Flare may be the most fun and least effort ever to get slick effects into your photos.