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Image Tricks for Mac

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff May 7, 2013

With the large number of photo editing programs available, choosing a useful one can be difficult. Image Tricks for Mac does have some good features, but it appeared to be missing one of the most basic editing options. And with its muddled interface and lack of user guidance, less experienced users might feel that the learning curve is too steep.

Tricks for Mac offers a free trial version with some filter restrictions. The full version requires a payment of $19.95 to activate. The download completed quickly and there were no unnecessary user agreements to accept, which was welcome. Unfortunately, this simplicity extended to a lack of user instructions, which was a problem since the main menu was cluttered and difficult to interpret. A drop-down menu allows for selection of photos to import, and the left sidebar contains most of the filtering options. The right sidebar contained the border and framing features. Color filter options were easy to apply and revert, making playing with the features easy to do, but the number of options made it difficult to locate commonly-used, photo-editing features. Cropping, one of the most used editing features, did not appear to be available, which was a disappointment.

For users who are more concerned with visual filters in photo editing, Image Tricks for Mac may be a good option, but we suggest taking a look at other more full-featured and intuitive programs.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.9

  • Introduced "Use Background Color" in the Options dialog of Save/Export. Useful when a user doesn't want to preserve transparency, but use the background color instead.
  • Added the ability to share an edited image to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and more.
  • New background images added.
  • Improved program UI.
  • Filter effects were revised and fixed where necessary.
  • Filter parameters (Width, Radius, etc.) adopt to image size automatically when the picture is changed.
  • Fixed the problem with incorrect transparency for some borders, frames and masks.
  • Photo Effects: Chrome, Fade, Instant, Mono, Noir, Process, Tonal, Transfer were grouped together.
  • Similar filters were grouped as following:
    • Kaleidoscope Tiles (Eightfold Reflected, Sixfold Reflected, Sixfold Rotated, Triangle Tile, Twelvefold Reflected);
    • Rectangular Tiles (Glide Reflected, Fourfold Rotated);
    • Acute Angle Tiles (Fourfold Reflected, Fourfold Translated).
  • Fixed the problem with mouse/trackpad usage on Triangle Kaleidoscope filter.
  • Removed filters: BL Sobel, BL Rectangular Splash, Accordion Ford Transition.
  • Multiple other improvements.


Release May 25, 2017
Date Added May 25, 2017
Version 3.9

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.11, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.10, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

Image Tricks is a freeware application for editing your photos and images using Mac OS X Core Image filters and Quartz Compositions. This program also contains a powerful random image generator for creating unique backgrounds and abstract images for business cards, web design, print materials and more.

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