My Mac is home to a couple of dozen thousand photos and a few dozen apps to improve photos. My app collection falls into two categories. Cheap, one-trick pony apps that don’t do much. And, camera bag apps with plenty of tools that perform a few hundred photo enhancement tricks.
One of the better apps is PhotoStyler which comes with presets and automation functions to match the extensive toolset. Instead of a baker’s dozen apps for $1.99 each, PhotoStyler brings all the same kinds of filters, effects and presets into one app.
The official bullet points of features are extensive, but don’t tell the real story of what PhotoStyler can do.
- Lomo, Polaroid, Technicolor, Cross-Processing, Sepia and other vintage styles.
- Color splash, Glow, Bloom and more modern and popular filters.
- Frames, Scratches, Textures, Tattered surfaces, Captions, Sprites to make your photos unique.
- Color balance, Levels, Curves and other low-level filter to tune the image precisely as you want.
- Advanced masking tools.
- Built-in and growable presets library with dozens one-click styles.
- Real time GPU-accelerated processing.
- ImageIO supports lots of image formats including RAW.
For example, the presets give you thumbnails of your photo. Effects and filters can be stacked for additional enhancements.
The built-in editor gives you granular controls over every aspect of a photo, from shadows to frames to flares, and your settings can be saved as a preset.
The Presets Window lists the entire preset library of filters (and you can add your own). The Document Window displays the area where you add filters, enhancements, and effects to each photo.
PhotoStyler also has a batch processing section so hundreds of photos can have filters or effects applied with a few clicks.
This is a nicely done app that can easily replace a dozen cheap apps that don’t do nearly as much to improve your photography.