With the number of inexpensive drawing and painting and image editing apps available for the Mac I’m beginning to think that’s where app developers get started. Here’s yet another layer-based image and photo editor with a surprise ending. Lots of tools. Very low price.
It’s official. I have a folder in my Mac’s Applications folder which is titled Image Editors and you can guess where I store all the photo and image editing apps, the inexpensive one-trick pony tools. Just added is Pavo. Don’t think of it as Photoshop or Pixelmator for the price of a trip to Starbucks, but it’s a good tool for any budding graphic design student, or anyone who wants to improve photos or graphic designs.
Pavo is a perfect example of competition at work, and raising the entry level bar. As image editors go, Pavo is quite good considering the price.
In some respects, Pavo seems more like Pixelmator than an inexpensive painting or drawing app. Floating tool palettes and menu selections deliver more than the basic editing tools.
- Rectangular Select Tool
- Elliptical Select Tool
- Lasso Tool
- Polygon Lasso Tool
- Colour Sampling Tool
- Paint Bucket
- Gradient Tool
- Crop Tool
- Clone Tool
- Mudge Tool
- Effects Tool
- Zoom Tool
- Position Tool
The bullet point list of image effects is even longer, bordering on the professional level.
Gaussian Blur, Brightness and Contrast, Gamma, Hue, Saturation and Value, White Point, Colour Ramp, Convert to CMYK,Convert to Greyscale, Invert, Posterize, Sepia, Threshold, Contrast Sharpen, Exposure, Median, Noise Reduction, Sharpen, Random Generator, CMYK Halftone, Dot Screen, Hatched Screen, Line, Crystallise, Displacement Distortion, Edges and many, many more.
You get the idea, right? Plenty of editing functionality, low price.
When making a recommendation to a new graphic design student, I’d go with Pixelmator. It’s similar to Photoshop, great for learning, and priced like a bargain. But Pavo is even less expensive and yet similar in functionality (though you get what you pay for), and far superior to similarly priced image editors or drawing and painting apps.
The only negatives are the learning curve, and a slow down when using very large files. Pavo is more feature laden than apps in this price range, but the developer does absolutely nothing to make the tools easier to learn.