How many ways can you modify or enhance a photo on your Mac? Starting with Photoshop at the high end and Apple’s Photos app on the low end, there must be a few hundred photo altering tools in between. The bargains of the decade might be Macphun’s Creative Kit, Pixelmator, and others which choose to mimic features in Photoshop but are nominally priced, but the great unwashed masses of Mac users who need something quick and dirty might prefer Quick and Dirty.
Yep, that’s the name of this little photo enhancement app, and that’s what it does to photos– enhancements that are quick and dirty.
The problem with Photoshop-to-Pixelmator to Macphun’s fabulous photo apps is the learning curve and the expense. They’re great apps, yes, but anything but quick and dirty. Quick and Dirty is basic and nothing more, nothing less, and has a simple, elegant interface that’s quickly learned, instantly useful.
Each of the tools in Quick and Dirty are obvious and self explanatory. Click to view a pop up window of each, either from the pull down menu in the Menubar or from the icon buttons on the open app window.
Open a photo in Quick and Dirty. Select the image enhancement you want to try. Done. That’s it. What you won’t find are layers and floating palettes of tools or anything resembling a learning curve.
Flip a photo 90-degrees left or right. Click the magnifying glass to zoom in (a bit quirky on OS X El Capitan). Crop a photo with the standard cropping tool with handles. Add shapes or text, adjust the colors six different ways. Resize photos and keep (or not) the aspect ratio of the original. Every changed setting can be reversed with Undo, and one click brings the photo back to the original.
Photos can be saved in different file formats, too, including quality compression with a simple slider bar. Quick and Dirty is social, too, and easy to share via OS X’s built-in options for Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, AirDrop, Mail, and Messages.
There’s is nothing not to like about Quick and Dirty. Just understand that it’s not Pixelmator or Acorn or a photo enhancement app that even requires a manual. Simple, fast, inexpensive. As in quick and dirty.