Apple doesn’t seem to mind a little competition, and it’s obvious the company isn’t afraid to eat its own dogfood. Check out the Photography category on the Mac App Store. The top two paid apps are Apple’s iPhoto and Aperture, one at $15 and the other at $80.
The next three apps on the list are must have apps for anyone serious about photo editing but can’t afford Adobe Photoshop or all the tutorials to make it work.
ColorStrokes: How do you get colors onto an image that needs something to make it stand out? ColorStrokes is a color splash tool that makes it easier to drop colors in, and weed colors out. Monochrome, sepia, blue tone, or grayscale can be applied to an image with a few clicks (though you have complete control over the tint with numerical sliders).
PicFrame: No Mac photo app collection is complete without an app to create photo collages. High on the App Store list is PicFrame which brings more tools than you’ll find with the free collage apps. It comes with over 70 adjustable frames, each of which can handle up to nine photos. You get controls over rounded corners, colors, border size, composing photos within a frame and a bunch of ratios from 1:1 to 16:9. Share online to Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook. Not bad for 99-cents.
FX Photo Studio Pro: At the high end of the photo editing lineup is FX Photo Studio Pro which combines an impressive arrange of tools to enhance photos in more ways than you can count. Over 170 photo filters and effects are included, and it does photo frames and borders, splash color, and integrates with Aperture, iPhoto, Lightroom, and Photoshop. Select a filter or effect and it’s instantly applied.
This one is just loaded with useful tools for photographers of every level. It imports photos from Aperture and iPhoto, and exports to both as well as Lightroom and Photoshop. The number and variety of filters and effects will have you spending hours in trial and error heaven (or, hell) but it takes little effort to change a bland photo into a colorful masterpiece.