Photo effects, filters, and enhancement apps for iPhone and iPad are a dime a dozen. Perhaps even less expensive as there are a few thousand such photo apps from which to choose. What about Mac users? We have our fair share of photo enhancement apps, but they’re usually priced more than iPhone apps. Here’s a perfect example.
This app is called SuperPhoto and the claim to fame is more than 200 free effects. That may sound like plenty, but when it comes to filters, effects, and enhancement tools, you can never have too many.
Using SuperPhoto is a simple exercise in point and click as every effect or filter is a preset. Add the photo, select the preset, and in a moment or two view the change on your Mac’s screen. A moment? Or minutes? More on that in a moment.
SuperPhoto does not integrate with Photos or iPhoto, but it’s simple enough to drop in a photo, select a preset and create a unique photo.
The app has 8 different photo style categories.
- 3D images
Divvying up the 200-plus effects between eight categories means that 200 effects really isn’t enough, so you may prefer to spring for the additional 1,300-plus effects using the in-app purchase option from the Mac App Store. That also gets rid of the built-in ads which help to support the free version of the app.
Otherwise, you can purchase only those effects categories you need for a lesser sum, but the bargain is to unlock everything.
The price per effect is about as low as they get, and using the app itself is almost simplistically easy. Point and click.
But there are some caveats.
First, you must have an internet connection open and running all the time. Try using SuperPhoto while traveling and you’ll meet with a level of frustration. Second, the reason the internet connection is required is because all the photo processing occurs in the cloud. That’s right. Photos are uploaded to some server somewhere in Never Neverland to process.
That’s an unusual method to employ a thousand or so photo effects; slow, cumbersome, and only God knows where your photos may end up.