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Acorn for Mac review

A powerful image editing application, Acorn for Mac can serve as an inexpensive but decent replacement for Adobe Photoshop, if you don't need highly advanced tools and features.

Pros

Has the basics of Photoshop: While at $50 you can't expect Acorn to rival Photoshop, it does support layers, masks, and gradients. It also features vector, text, drawing, erasing, and shape tools, level and curve adjustments, midtone or gamma tweaking, and custom brushes, as well as a built-in brush designer.

Versatile user interface: Similar to Photoshop and Paint.net, the UI can be rearranged and resized to suit your … Read more

Fotor review

Fotor provides you with a nice set of tools that you can use to edit your photos singly or in batches, and create collages for all occasions. Whether you frequently edit photos on your computer or you're new to the process, this app gives you everything you need to get started.

Pros

Lots of tools: When it comes to editing images, there's not much you can't do with this program. There is a nice array of editing tools that lets you adjust contrast, brightness, lighting source, and more. The long list of effects can each be applied … Read more

EasyCrop for Mac review

EasyCrop for Mac lets you make basic image edits like cropping and rotating, and then use the resulting image without the need to save it. This premium application comes with a free trial and accepts graphics stored in a file as well as embedded in a Web site. A great feature is the destination drawer, which allows you to export your newly created image to up to five other apps.

The main interface for EasyCrop for Mac feels somewhat uninspired, but it's not hard to get around it; there are two main sections for the source and final image, … Read more

Review: BatchPhoto won't wow you with too many advanced features

BatchPhoto doesn't include any home run features, but its step-by-step walkthroughs make it great for beginners. It lets anyone crop, add borders, annotate, and apply filters and effects to multiple photos at once. If you're new to the photo-editing world, it might be the program you're looking for if you've got a little cash to spend.

You can use all of the features of this program without paying, but it will put a watermark on your photos. The program starts you off with a click-through tutorial, complete with videos, that can take some time to complete. … Read more

Review: Pixelmator for Mac is sure to give Photoshop a major run for its money

A full-featured image editor, Pixelmator for Mac stops short of some of Photoshop's more advanced functionality, but offers quite a lot in a clean, easy-to-use package.

Installation was the standard affair for a Mac app, easy and straightforward. When we first launched the application, we were immediately impressed with its clean interface, which mimics Photoshop in many ways. If you know how to use Photoshop, you'll be right at home with Pixelmator for Mac. We felt at home with its brush and tools pallet to the left, and layers on the right. There's also another pallet containing … Read more

Review: #NoCrop adjusts the size of images for Instagram to avoid cropping

#NoCrop solves a problem that millions of Instagram users cite on a regular basis as a major concern -- the inability to upload their images as they want. While the filters are amazing and the sharing functions extremely addictive, it's impossible to avoid cropping images to fit the square format required by the sharing tool. #NoCrop integrates with Instagram so you can shrink your images, add a white background, and upload them uncropped.

Installation requires linking your Instagram account to #NoCrop and allowing access to your images. Once you have done that, however, everything is very streamlined. You can … Read more

Review: Papelook is an effective photo editor, but lacks an extensive feature set

Papelook is designed to create collage-style images and actual collages with background wallpapers, snipping tools, stickers, and more, but rarely provides more than a very basic retinue of tools. The result is an app that is at times interesting to use, but will not replace other similar photo editing tools that are loaded with dozens more options. This doesn't make Papelook a bad app so much as one that fails to stand on its own two legs.

After installing Papelook, you can choose to create a new photo or a new album. The former option allows you to snap … Read more

Facebook Camera gives you direct photo access

Facebook is all about giving its users a one-stop-shop for all of their social needs, and Facebook Camera is another facet of that. The app lets you take pictures and immediately post them to your Facebook account. While it's not really necessary considering there are so many other ways to share photos on Facebook, it's fast and performed without a hitch.

Once you're logged in to Facebook Camera, all the photos in your News Feed from your Facebook friends appear on the screen. And just like any other status update or post, you can Like or add … Read more

The photo editor that's already a hit on Android has made its way to iPhone

PicsArt Photo Studio is a popular, feature-rich photo editor that was formerly for Android phones only, but it's now available for iPhone.

There are several apps that let you add effects and edit your photos, but PicsArt Photo Studio does those things and quite a lot more. In fact this app has so many features it can get a little overwhelming -- particularly with the number of interface elements on the screen.

Like most photo effects apps, you can snap a new picture or pull one from your photo library. With an image onscreen, you can use the buttons … Read more

Create multimedia photo collages with Microsoft Photo Story 3

Microsoft's Photo Story is a free Windows program that lets you create audiovisual presentations out of your photos and images. You can quickly crop, rotate, and edit your pictures; personalize them with captions and titles; and add sound effects, narration, and background music. Photo Story saves your presentations as WMV files you can play on your PC or convert using a third-party video converter. Finished files can be small enough to send by email, too. Many Windows users already have it; those who don't can download and install it or repair their current installation, if necessary. We looked … Read more