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- Rated 4.5 stars
- FX Photo Studio Pro Mac App
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- Installation & SetupEditor: 100%
- Design & InterfaceEditor: 90%
- FeaturesEditor: 70%
- FunctionEditor: 90%
- Value For The PriceEditor: 80%
The FX Photo Studio Pro Mac App allows for an easy way to edit and add filters to yo
Making quick edits to your favorite photos on your Mac computer is as easier than ever by utilizing an app called FX Photo Studio Pro. I previously took a look at the FX Photo Studio app for the iPad and was very impressed. The version I'm looking at today retails for $19.99 in the Mac App Store and is compatible with any computer running Mac OSX 10.6 or later. Now to clarify further, this review is based on the ‘Pro' version of the FX Photo Studio app. There is the regular FX Photo Studio app which is half the price, but comes with fewer editing tools and does not have support for RAW file formats or ultra high-resolution photos like Pro version.
The installation and setup is as simple as any other Mac app, so there is no further tinkering or configuring necessary to get up and running. The interface of the app is simple, straight forward and easy to use. The software requires no prior photo editing experience to utilize effectively as all edits are accomplished by simply dragging and dropping or clicking a few buttons. The design is clean and uncluttered which is pleasing to the eye and adds to the interface's simplicity.
There are a few buttons on the top of the interface that come in handy and add to the overall ease of use. The first ones are the undo/redo buttons which are located in the top left of the screen. If you make a mistake or want to redo a change you may have just erased, you can do so quickly and easily. This saves you time and adds convenience. Next to those buttons, are ones that deal with the positioning of the image your editing. These include zoom in/out, a fit to screen button, as well as a button to view the current image in actual size. Lastly, are the two buttons I find most useful, which are the ‘compare' and ‘quick compare' buttons. By utilizing the compare button you get to see the original image side by side with your current edited version. The quick compare button on the other hand, takes your edited version and overlays the original directly over it temporarily until you let go of the button. I find these two buttons a great way to quickly reference your original photo and evaluate your current changes.
There is a great deal of editing possibilities given the features included in the FX Photo Studio Pro software, but keep in mind this is a basic editing program and nowhere near the more advanced and higher priced competitors like Photoshop. You can easily crop or rotate your pictures with only the need to click a few buttons. Under the ‘Adjust' tab you get access to making changes to elements of the photo such as temperature, saturation, brightness, sharpen, contrast, and a few others. In this Pro version, I would have loved to have seen the ability to move unwanted objects or defects like in MacPhun's other application Snapheal, but unfortunately it is not included and you will only be able to get access to those features by purchasing that Snapheal software separately.
FX Photo Studio Pro is most notably known for its abundance of photo filters and I was not disappointed. There is over 170 different filters included within the software and you can find one to fit just about any type of look your going for. There are options as you can scroll through all 170 filters together at the bottom of the app or you can break it down to show only categories of filters such as: Art, Blur, Glow, Grunge, Hollywood FX, Vintage, and many more. Each filter can be individually adjusted to tweak the final outcome to your needs.
Just like in the iPad version, you are able to use the mask feature to choose certain parts of your image to take on the specific filter's properties and let the rest of the image remain the same. I found the masking feature to be much more effective when using the Mac version as it is much easier to accurately draw your mask with a mouse instead of your finger. Also included with the iPad version, is the ability to stack multiple filters on top of each other for added variation possibilities. If you'd like to add a frame or border to your photos it only takes a click of a button, with the ability to pick from dozens of different choices.
From my personal use, I am satisfied with this software and I believe it is an excellent solution for Mac owners who want to edit their personal photos without spending the time and money into learning a more expensive piece of editing software. I was able to import my RAW image files with no issues and it handled my 18 MP photos flawlessly without any hiccups. I do recommend buying this software as it is affordably priced and has all the basic editing features needed for the average consumer. If you are a professional and looking for something as equivalent to Photoshop then this is not the software for you as it is meant for a casual photographer's personal use.