We have choices, but not as many, and we pay more for the privilege. If you could only have one photo enhancement app on your Mac (and you’d rather not pay Adobe by the month for an ongoing lifetime Photoshop subscription, and the required college course to master it) then you would do well with FX Photo Studio.
This Mac photo enhancement app comes with a pedigree, too. The app’s developers have a number of highly rated, popular, and useful Mac photo and graphic apps, so the entry level version comes with some heritage and even an upgrade path to more accomplished photo enhancement apps.
What do you get for $11.99?
An intuitive app that comes with more than 170 photo filters and effects, dozens of frames and borders, built-in masking which includes effects, and integration with popular photo management apps, including Photos, iPhoto, Aperture (as long as it’s around), Photoshop, and Lightroom.
Filters and effects can be layered, too, and that makes the options to enhance a photo almost limitless. The latest version includes color splash tools (gray scale image, except for a single object which is rendered in color), new masking options, plus popular effects such as vintage, sketches, Hollywood FX, grunge, and others.
The user interface is straightforward with a nominal learning curve thanks to presets and visible filter and effects options. Point to one you like, click, and it’s instantly applied to your photo.
Overall, the user interface is straightforward and mostly point and click. One vestigial anomaly is the Save icon in the toolbar. It’s a floppy disk. Macs haven’t had floppy disks since the last century.
There’s also a pro version of FX Photo Studio and the price differential is less than double for more features. iPhone and iPad versions are priced at a few dollars each, but are separate apps. If all you can afford is a single, nominally priced, feature laden photo enhancement app, this is the one I would recommend.