With Creative Kit, Macphun wants to pick up where Apple’s now-defunct Aperture left off. As a plug-in to Photos, Macphun’s apps significantly augment the Apple app’s bare-bones editing tools. Despite their power, Creative Kit apps require a minimal learning curve.
Creative Kit does not seek to replace Photos’ organizational utility, though Macphun does market a separate app called Snapselect for organizing and choosing the best photos from a batch and trashing duplicates.
Available via a single installer for one discounted price, Creative Kit lets you access some of Macphun’s most popular image enhancement packages: Noiseless, Focus, Intensify, Tonality, Snapheal, and FX Photo Studio. Each is also available as a standalone app (though in your Applications folder, they are separate apps appended by a CK) and variously support features like batch processing and multiple file formats including JPEG, PNG, 8- and 16-bit TIFFs, PSD and various flavors of RAW.
Creative Kit component apps are not new—just the all-in-one package: Each app has been previously released, and is still available separately. But there are tremendous financial and functional advantages in purchasing the kit though even in this update you can only work on one photo per app at a time.
Intensify takes shots that looked a lot better through the lens than they do on your screen and lets you achieve results that better resemble your original vision—and in most cases improves on it.
Focus, which includes a facial recognition feature, spotlights specific parts of your image after the fact, letting you emulate intriguing lens blur, tilt-shift, vignette and motion blur styles. Tonality, a sophisticated black and white editor, adds old-fashioned drama and monochromatic special effects to portraits, landscapes, and action shots.
Snapheal removes unwanted objects, people, and flaws from your photos while Noiseless removes ugly pixel artifacts from poorly lit shots.
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