Maybe that should read ‘Best Free Photo Enhancement App Is On The Mac.’ Free is good. Mac users have a number of free apps which enhance digital photos, including a set of basic tools in iPhoto. The best photo enhancement app for the Mac is also free yet loaded with options.
The name is Fotor.
I don’t claim to know the business model of free apps, but I’m willing to take advantage of the situation. If you use no other photo or image enhancing app beyond iPhoto, Fotor is the one to have. Why? Tools. Lots of editing tools.
Fotor’s tools are simple to use, but come with plenty of granular controls, the kind not found in a free app.
Photos can be processed to remove red-eye, adjust color, exposure, saturation and brightness, but also add text to any photo (any font, any size, any color).
Edited photos can be dropped into a variety of collage templates. 13 different Scene enhancements require only a click. Add effects and borders, dozens of them, with a click. There’s even a built-in Tilt-Shift option.
The user interface is a bit complicated due to the sheer number of options, but point and click, and trial and error are your friend. Most controls are easily accessed in the sidebar or toolbar.
Fotor is a good net citizen and sharing options abound– Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Email– all without leaving the app. It also imports and exports most major Mac graphic and photo file formats, from TIFF to JPG to PNG, and converts RAW images as well.
What can you create from average, ordinary, everyday photos?
You won’t be able to do as much with Fotor as with, say, GraphicConverter, Photoshop, or even Pixelmator. But the results speak for themselves and Fotor gives great results with the fewest number of clicks.
If I had to recommend only one Mac photo enhancement app, this is the one.