As much as I love iPhoto, I can’t fault Apple for not loading it up with all kinds of photo enhancement features. A free app comes with a price. You can’t expect too much beyond the basics and Apple doesn’t disappoint.
Still, iPhoto’s photo enhancement functions are basically anemic and it’s best to look elsewhere if you want more functionality. Elsewhere means more money, except in the case of Fotor for Mac, a very pleasant and useful Mac photo enhancement app that is loaded with non-free features.
In other words, I don’t know why Fotor is free but I’m not complaining. I’m advocating. This free app has five big categories of features that just don’t justify the price (there’s no price– it’s free).
First, collages. Fotor has 80 different templates and you can add up to nine photos in each, mix, match, swap, and change border designs with ease.
Second, photo editing tools. Fotor comes with a little more than the basics of exposure, brightness, contrast, saturation and more. Nothing great, but decent.
Third, photo enhancement functions. This is a collection of 13 different enhancements with a click.
Fourth, effects and borders. From my count there’s dozens of effects and 30 different kinds of border frames.
Finally, tilt shift. This is an uncommon functionality made easy enough for beginners to create selective blurring and focus on a photo.
There’s not even anything difficult about using Fotor. Options for effects are a single click to apply, and everything is non-destructive. Trial and error is your friend. I was very skeptical about the price, but unless the company holds my photos hostage, I’m a believer. This is a bargain.