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7 Best Photo Editors for Mac [Photoshop Alternative]

I know, when it comes to the best photo editor, we will portray only one image in our mind in no minute- “Adobe Photoshop”.  There is no doubt Photoshop is world’s best photo editor that offers almost everything that comes into digital photography. But, there are so many other great Mac photo editors available out there that are may be under-hyped but are best to use and deserve the equal fame. Today, we are going to cover all the best Photo editor for Mac from a lightweight  to the titan of the industry that will fulfill all your needs.

1. Adobe Photoshop – Mac Photo Editor
Our list can not start without the king of all Photo Editing apps – “Adobe Photoshop”. Photoshop has raised a high standards for other photo editors by which they all are judged. Though, it initially requires some skills to use but once I get used to it, you will recognize why it comes first before all other photo editing apps. Yes, Photoshop comes with a hefty price tag but it is still used by millions of professionals across the globe. You just need to imagine what do you want to do with your image, Photoshop will do it. It’s latest CS6 Extended version has come up  with Adobe Mercury Graphics  Engine that will take you to the next level in terms of performance and image editing power. It’s CS6 version is by far the best product ever build that  delivers new creative options, new Content-Aware features and lot more. It not only allows you to create unique designs but also movies by using it’s new and re-imagined tools and workflows.

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Price: $699 (30-days trial available)

2. Pixelmator – Mac Photo Editor

Pixelmator is an another powerful and beautifully designed Mac photo editor that provides you powerful and fast tools to retouch your images by taking complete advantage of the latest Mac technologies. It offers almost everything you need to do with your images in order to enhance them. Strong and pixel-accurate selection tools, new drawing tools and retouching tools, powerful color correction tools, 150 unique filters and special effects, icloud support and top-notch painting tools, this young and powerful image editor has it all.

pixelmator mac photo editor

Price: $14.99

3. Acorn – Mac Photo Editor

The main objective of it’s developers is to a best photo editor which is easy-to-use and capable enough to impress a newbie to an expert. Along with the simplicity, Acorn provides full array of editing features. Native support for Retina displays, fast operations, filter panel, layer styles, Multistop Live Gradients, allowing to create custom brushes are some of the highlighted features of Acorn. It’s new version Acorn 3, provides you  more than 50 new features and refinements including layered screenshots, vector tools, web export, different shaped selections and yes,  a unique Nondestructive effects. So, if you change your mind later or not happy with the effect, then don’t worry your original will remain untouched as all the changes you made will be stored within the program’s photo database.

acorn mac image editor

Price: $49.99

4. Aperture 3 – Photo Editor for Mac

Aperture 3 is a terrific photo editor that puts life into your images. For quick searching and flexible organizing, it imports your photos into a database and then apply non-destructive editing operations, just like Acorn, in order to preserve your original images untouched. It also provides you amazing features like geo-tagging, face recognition, HD video support, complete control over transition and text, full screen view and lot more.

aperture mac photo editing app

Price: $79.99

5. Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 – Photo Editor for Mac

Edit your pictures with this powerful and user friendly Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.  It allows you to turn your ordinary photos into the mesmerizing one. And you can easily share them with your buddies via Facebook and other web services. Photoshop Elements 11 comes up with integrated maps, so that your geo-tagged photos can be easily located. Excellent face tagging, strong image-manipulation tools, amazing Photomerge technology,convenient Organizer to keep track of your unforgettable memories and awesome output options are it’s compelling advantages.

adobe photoshop elements 11 mac photo editors

Price: $99.99

6. FX Photo Studio Pro – Photo Editor for Mac

Yet another powerful photo editor for mac that will not eat up all your pocket and still act as a digital powerhouse that can add breathtaking effects into your simple everyday picture. FX Photo Studio Pro is a photo editor for all as it is designed in such a way that it can please anyone, from a hobbyist to a professional. If it provides an easy-to-use to a hobbyist then at the same time, it provides powerful editing operations to a professional. More than 170 photo effects & filters, colossal collections of photo frames and borders, integration with Lightroom, Aperture, , iPhoto, Photoshop, Color splash tool and lot more other tweaks to list here. If you buy one app on this list, FX Photo Studio Pro has to be it.

FX Photo Studio Pro mac photo editors

Price: $19.99 (50% for a limited time – back to $39.99 shortly)

7. GIMP – Photo Editor for Mac

 
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GIMP is all-in-one photo editing software for mac that can be used for multiple purposes. It means you can used it either as a photo editing and retouching tool or as a paint program, and even as an image manipulating and image creating tool. If you are on a budget but at the same time, want powerful photo editing tools that can enhance your images then GIMP will be the best pick for you. Though it is a freeware, still it is a feature-filled image editor with a large set of image manipulation and touchup tools to retouch your images and give them a new look that you have ever imagined.

Price: Free

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