The Mac version of FX Photo Studio Pro is a robust photo-editing and enhancement app. The user interface is perfectly made for Macs and reminds me of Adobe’s video and sound-editing products, or iMovie/iPhoto. It’s simple: the effects (including enhancements like crop, rotate, sharpen, filters, etc.) are all in the upper right-hand corner, with a conveniently placed “FX Effects” logo immediately to the left. The rest of the options – things like importing, saving, sharing, and zoom features are to the left of the FX Effects logo.
If you’re working with a photo you’ve imported, the first thing that pops up is the Effects toolbar. Located beneath your original image, you can click on the various filters/effects and see a preview of what it will look like in place of your original photo (or you can hit the “Compare” button at the top to see your original image next to the image with effects). It even gives you pre-sorted groups of specifics kinds of effects. That’s all very cool, but how easy is it to use?
Here’s a picture from my recent Xperia Play review:
Now, I’m going to add the “Old TV” effect to the photo, just by clicking the effect. The app auto-optimizes the image for best effect with best image quality. This should give the picture a bit of a Fallout 3 or New Vegas feel to it:
Now THAT looks ancient – kinda like my grandparents old TV (which was older than me – don’t worry, they just bought a new flatscreen!). Finally, let me find another effect to add to this… how about this:
I chose to go the black-and-white route, first adding an Old TV effect and then an X-Ray effect. The combination makes an old X-ray effect! As I mentioned, there are over 170 effects to choose from and combine here, and depending on the photo, you could spend hours just combining effects to see what would result. Obviously, that’s not the only thing you can do with your pictures: you can adjust things like exposure, contrast, brightness, saturation, and color balance. You can sharpen a photo, add shadows or highlights, and even scale up or down specific effects. Better yet, it’s all enhanced by a simple, easy-to-use UI that anyone – even your grandmother – could figure out.
The FX Photo Studio PRO app has to be one of the best photo editing apps available in the MAS. The user interface is easy to use and eliminates the clutter of more expensive applications while supplying a strong collection of effects and features. If you’re looking to edit photos on your Mac, this is your app.
We have reviews of the iPod and iPad versions coming soon!!!