Photo enhancement apps for the Mac usually are not of the dime a dozen variety you’ll find for the iPhone. First, they have more options, and the tools and effects have more granular controls. From Photoshop at the high end to Pixelmator at the low end, you’ll still need to conquer the learning curve of each to get the most from your photos.
Or, go right to PhotoStyler and skip all the effort required to learn Photoshop or Pixelmator.
PhotoStyler is an oldie but a goodie. It’s been around a few years and delivers professional-level effects and styles in a very point and click manner. Start with the dozens of Presets, adjust each as needed, then save and use them as your own customized Presets.
Basic tools include reflections, shadows, 3D-effects, color styles, frames, shadows, and text overlays. Bath processing includes resize and crop filters so you can alter hundreds of photos at a time.
Here’s a few samples starting with Tatter, Scratches, and Overlay effects.
PhotoStyler does a great job of implementing Tilt-shift in photos which give them a surrealistic effect.
Masking tools make it easy to bring out the color in an object which makes it seem to float against the background image.
The best place to start using PhotoStyler is the Presets window which displays the entire library.
From then on the best place to make photo enhancements at a professional level are the In-place Editors and there are many, including Mask Editor, Caption Editor, Crop Editor, Transform Editor, Tilt-Shift Editor and many others.
Despite the advanced tools and multiple editors, PhotoStyler’s controls remains point and click, drag and drop, and slide left or slide right. Of course, there’s also Facebook and Flickr integration which makes sharing easier.
PhotoStyler is a remarkable app at a good price. It’s less cumbersome and complex than either Photoshop Elements or Pixelmator, but offers more tools and capability– both easy to use on a photo– than lesser apps.