Mac users have a much smaller choice, but even that choice is growing. At the high end is Adobe’s pay-forever-subscription to Creative Cloud or the less expensive Photoshop and Lightroom combo, but if all you’re looking for is something different to dress up a few photos, here are two worth a look see.
Style is one of those not-so-rare Mac photo enhancement apps that can take a normal, even mundane photo and turn it into, well, art; but art where beauty is in the eye of the beholder, not necessarily agreed to by the masses of photographers.
If you like point and click and you love presets, Style has the style you’re looking for.
Style has eleven different, well, styles which can be applied to a photo. Enhancing a photo to one of the styles couldn’t be much easier, either. Drag. Drop. Select a style. Then click Go.
There’s even a setting to run through all eleven styles, one after the other, but that, obviously takes much longer. Also, note that Style does not add the selected style in the blink of an eye. It takes a few seconds even on a quad-core Mac, longer for a video clip.
Style is free. But if you want to remove the annoying watermark in the corner, Style becomes expensive and does not compare well to a newly popular iPhone photo enhancement app called Prisma, also free.
Take a look.
There is absolutely positively nothing to not like about using Prisma. It’s on iPhone and Android, but not the Mac. There’s no built-in in-app purchase option. The user interface is mostly non-existent. Select a photo. Select the style and in a few seconds the photo is converted and saved to your iPhone. The 30 or so style options are visual, too.
And, yes, Prisma is a good internet citizen so sharing options abound. I don’t know of an easier to use photo enhancement or photo filter app. It just works. And it’s free.
Also interesting is what other iPhone users think. Prisma has nearly 9,000 reviews on the iTunes App Store, and the average rating is 4.5 stars. The app is incredibly simple to use, and the results are astounding, though your mileage may vary depending on the quality of the photos you use.