My Mac is so cluttered with one-trick pony photo enhancement apps that I may need more storage. The latest to grace my Mac is something of a brand new bargain. It’s called DarkRoomStudio (all one word), and, as the name implies, it’s a Mac app with a bunch of digital photo effects and filters that take a plain, ordinary photo and turn it into a photo with more visual juice and style than the original.
Thanks to OS X’s built-in Core Graphics layer, the number of apps which can enhance photos has exploded in recent years, all with similar functionality and a few twists. DarkRoomStudio costs about the same as a trip to Starbucks, but the features outweigh the low entry cost.
Here’s an example.
Tools for adding effects and filters are in the left sidebar and use both sliders and numerical units for adjustments.
The standard options apply. Color saturation, vignetting, frames, resize and crop, and a bunch of toning effects (think Instagram or Polaroid), and a way to take and image and create a texture. Custom settings can be saved and used again.
Special effects can be applied to most of the standard Mac graphic and photo file formats, including JPG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, and PSD.
It’s not that DarkRoomStudio is unremarkable. It’s just more of a well done photo enhancement app, that’s easy to use, takes ordinary photos and quickly improves them to artistic quality, and it does all that at a reasonable price.
If there’s an issue, it’s the term darkroom in the title. There’s a whole generation of Mac users who have no clue what a darkroom is (in the photographic sense).