Bob “Dr. Mac” says that Luminar 4 has all of those things he loved so much in previous releases, but that adds several “stunning” new features.
Darkroom is the latest app to move to a subscription model. It affects new users only, and current users won’t lose their premium features they paid for.
For new users, Darkroom will cost $3.99 per month or $19.99 per year. And there is still a one-time purchase option at $49.99. Darkroom hopes that a switch to a subscription business model will increase its revenue and thus expand development of the app.
Subscriptions are annoying, but I don’t blame developers so much as Apple. This is exactly what they wanted because it means more money for them. I don’t Apple will ever add upgrade pricing to the App Store. That doesn’t benefit them. Subscriptions are part of Apple’s new Services business, whether the apps are Apple’s own or not.
In the latest update Pixelmator Pro adds a machine learning feature called ML Super Resolution as a way to enhance small, blurry images.
We have a deal on InPixio Photo Clip 9 Editor for Mac. This software allows you to perfectly cut out objects or people in your photos, and it features an eraser tool for removing unwanted objects. It allows you to make creative montages with many backgrounds available. It’s $29.99 through our deal.
There’s a photo editor on the App Store called Carbon for black and white photo editing. And the developers are lying about a sale.
For the past three years, Lens Distortions has been part of my photography toolkit. It’s an app that provides you with ways to spruce up your images. You can add lens flares, fake rain, fake fog, fake snow, sparkle effects, and more to your photos. Adding stuff like that can feel like cheating, but if done sparingly and subtly, it can enhance. As the app description puts it: Frame your subject with elegant glass textures. Punctuate your shots with natural sunlight and lens flares. Create atmospheric depth with genuine rain or fog. Lens Distortion gives you the highest quality ingredients to craft the look you want. All of the overlays are created by optically-capturing real-world elements. They are displayed in gallery view, which allows you to see all the filters side-by-side and select the best one for your image. You can easily make an effect stand out for a bold look or blend in for just the right amount of subtle complexity. Sometimes the best effects are ones no one knows you added… Lens Distortions signature effects are hiding in plain sight in the images of many of today’s top photographers. The company also provides desktop tools as well. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)
I’ve been using Affinity Photo for several months now, and I’m still getting used to using it. In the latest issue (May 2019) of MacFormat magazine, they share photo fixes and enhancements with Affinity Photo.
As well as using Affinity Photo to fix common problems, you can produce more creative results using selection and compositing tools such as layers and masks.
Unfortunately, this magazine is in PDF form instead of using Apple News Format. So you’ll have to swipe to page 28 (As opposed to me being able to share the singular article).
This is part of Andrew’s News+ series, where he shares a magazine every Friday to help people discover good content in Apple News+.
The team behind Pixelmator, an alternative to Photoshop, is coming out with an iPad app called Pixelmator Photo. You can preorder it today for US$3.99, and it will launch on April 9 for US$4.99.
With powerful, nondestructive color adjustments like Levels, Curves, Hue & Saturation, Selective Color, and Black & White, it lets you edit the colors of your photos in any way you want. And the Repair and Crop tools let you perfect all the details.
I have to say, I’m kind of disappointed with this. I use Pixelmator Pro every day, and I was hoping it would be ported to iOS. But Pixelmator Photo is just another photo editor, and the graphic design features won’t be available.
Instasize is a photo editing app that offers tools and education to creatives. You don’t need to be a big time influencer to create big time edits, anyone at any skill level can add a personal + professional touch to the photos they post online. With over 80 photographer inspired filters, you’re bound to find a filter that fits the aesthetic you’re looking for. Bring a crisp HD look to any photo, regardless of what you used to shoot it. Maintain a cohesive feel across all of you social platforms. Exclusive filters released monthly to all premium members. Custom editing made easy – adjust sharpness, brightness, exposure, contrast, and much more. If you’re looking to finely adjust details within your photos, Instasize can help you do that. The app also includes beauty tools like acne spot removal, adding vibrance, whitening teeth, and glowing skin. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)
Focos is a Portrait Mode editor that lets you control bokeh in your photos. The latest update added support for the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro.
Today, Gentlemen Coders released RAW Power 2.0 for iOS and macOS. RAW Power unlocks the power of Apple’s RAW engine with simple, easy-to-use controls. More than just an image editor, it is a full photo application that lets you organize and manage your iOS Photo Library. If you use iCloud Photo Library, all changes are also synced to iCloud, where every image you take and every change you make is instantly available to every app on your iPhone or iPad. You can use it for more than RAWs — it’s great with JPEGs too, with White Balance, Curves, Sharpen, and other tools missing from the built-in Photos app. The app also includes an innovative new Depth Effect for photos shot on iPhones with a dual camera system. The Mac app is on sale for a limited time. App Store: RAW Power – US$2.99 | Mac App Store: RAW Power – US$26.99
Usually US$4.99, Pixomatic photo editor is free, and I’m not sure how long it will last. Pixomatic is the first-ever mobile app that brings desktop level quality for selecting and masking images. Now, you have no problems with cutting out even the most difficult picture elements, including hair. Smoothly select and mask even the trickiest hair edges. Also, they introduced hundreds of photo stickers that you can add to your photos with a single tap. In just a few minutes create funny pranks, visual art and social media posts for your business or stunning photo manipulations, viral memes and selfies to share with friends. Pixomatic has a full range of amazing photo editing tools for creative minds. Use smart cutout, add layers, apply blending modes and unique filters to create epic masterpieces. Let Pixomatic be your only all-in-one photo editor. App Store: Pixomatic – Free
Dr. Mac finds Affinity Photo even better than Photoshop at a handful of image editing things he does again and again.
Krome Photos is a new app that sets itself apart from other photo editors. It’s a service where you send your photos to trained editors who edit your photo for you. Krome editors can improve color, merge multiple photos, change the background, add a person or create a whole new image. They also offer one free re-edit with every order. There are three order options ranging from US$3 to US$12. Your first design is discounted. Popular edit requests include changing the background and color, skin corrections, adding/removing people, adding props or a logo, combining multiple images (up to 4) into one, and fixing, restoring, and repairing a photo.
Preview is such an underrated tool in macOS. It lets you view and edit images and PDFs.
Photos has a nifty little feature that’ll let you edit an image in Photoshop, say, and have the changes reflected in its library, no importing or exporting required! In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll cover all of the details—including a big ol’ caveat that you’ve gotta know.
VSCO celebrates the act of photography as an art form, and there is a special subscription called VSCO X, that gives you exclusive tools to use.
I have personally used all of these photo retouching apps at some point, so I can give my own insight into each one.
Do you love bokeh but don’t have an iPhone with a dual lens camera? You can use these apps on any iPhone model.