It may be true that there’s no such thing as a free lunch, there are times when the price is right. That’s the case with SuperPhoto, a Mac photo effects and filters package that starts at free and comes with 208 effects you can apply to your photos with just a few clicks.
SuperPhoto looks and works much like other Mac photo enhancement apps. Filters and effects include 3D, Bokeh, Frames, Textures, Patterns, Brushes, Combos and many more, all applied to a photo with just a click.
It’s simple to setup and use, too. Just drop in a photo to enhance, select the available effects– 208 in the free version– and they’re instantly applied to the photo. SuperPhoto makes sharing to friends and family as easy as a few clicks, so this is more of a personal effects and filter package than a pro-level package.
While SuperPhoto doesn’t blaze any new ground with unique effects, the value is in, well, the value. 208 effects for free, an additional 1,300 effects for $4.99, but there are options to unlock only specific effects (frames, brushes, patterns, backgrounds, etc.) for $1.99– which only makes the $4.99 price tag the true value.
Reviews on SuperPhoto from the Mac App Store mirror my perspective. It’s not a great app, but it’s priced right considering the bulk of the value is in the 208 or 1,500 effects and filters, and some of the effects, when mixed and matched appropriately, make the total greater than the sum of the parts.
One caveat which does not make much sense is the limit of HD quality photos to 1920×1920 pixels. That might be acceptable for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and emailed photos, but the reduction in quality will turn off the budget minded Mac semi-pro photographer.