A few years ago I tried out an earlier version of Zepheer. It was OK, but not great, and now it’s better. What you get in this little photo enhancement utility is more than 150 customizable effects and filters– all point and click. What’s really nice in Zepheer is the variety of options, especially for those with an eye toward photography of the past.
It features multiple analog camera simulators to bring back that look of film. There’s also artistic tools, including oil painting imitations which totally transform a photo.
Here’s an example.
Over the years Zepheer has become a good Mac photo app citizen. It takes advantage of advanced graphic cards and most filters and effects are rendered in real time. Plus, you can add and layer filters, and there’s support for RAW as well as standard photo file formats.
Unlike most photo enhancement apps, Zepheer also comes with dozens of borders and frames which can be added to an enhanced photo with a click. These look great on screen, but I haven’t tried to print one out to see how it displays on a table or bookshelf.
As with most photo apps on a Mac, Zepheer is a good socialite, too, thanks to Facebook and Flickr integration. That makes it easy to share and easy to upload to your Flickr collection (what’s not to like about 1 terabyte of free photo storage?).
Zepheer isn’t free, but it’s not expensive, either.