PicLight for Mac gives photographers a quick, easy tool for enhancing photos.

As a digital photographer in training, I really appreciate software that makes editing easier. Photoshop is wonderful for very fine detail and long-term editing projects, but sometimes, you just need a ‘quick fix’. iPhoto, of course, has an editing element with some built-in effects, but not as many as PicLight.

PicLight, developed by PearlMountain Technology Co., Ltd, a powerful photo enhancement app for Mac. It provides four categories of lighting techniques – Montage, Light, Glow and Texture – with more than 170 effects available. These combined with the 25+ image filters and 18+ editing tools, PicLight helps photographers of all skill levels bring the most out of their pictures.

piclight-2When I started up app for the first time, I was greeted with an Load/Import Photo screen. I was happy to find that images are imported via drag/drop. This makes the process a lot easier in my opinion. Once you import an image you want to work with, the Quick Fix inspector menu slides open. The Quick Fix menu includes  options like cropping, color control and rotation. I opted to use an image of our Christmas tree for enhancement. I did crop it slightly to take out presents that were hidden under it. Other than that, I left the color settings and rotation the same as the original.

What I was particularly interested in was testing out the lighting effects. At first, I tried one of everything. That proved to be a bit too much. I ended up utilizing one effect from Montage (#33). It felt as though it complemented the other lights from the Christmas tree. After selecting that lighting effect, I moved on to the Effects tab.

The Effects tab shows different coloring technique presets like Sepia and B&W. In PicLight, there are more than 20 Effect presets. I ended up using the Dense preset. It softens and saturates the photo to make it pop.

Screenshot 3Other than the editing tools within PicLight, there are several sharing options including email, Flickr and Facebook. There is also an option to send the photo directly to iPhoto. Export formats include JPG, TIFF, BMP, PNG and GIF. In addition to having so many formats for exporting, there is also an option for reducing the quality in order to make the file size smaller.

Even though the presets are amazing and the lighting effects are wonderful, my favorite feature is the compare option. PicLight gives users the option to compare the original photo with the effected version side-by-side. This was a great help while I was editing the photograph.

I am highly impressed with PicLight, its ease of use and variety of effects. I recommend it for any photographer.  PicLight is currently on version 1.0.2 and was originally released in early November. The regular retail price is $19.99, but is available for a limited time for 75% off – $4.99.

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