The Best Image Editors for Mac OS X

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Mac owners are often perceived as people who think ‘out-of-the-box’, and considering the number of image editing applications for Mac OS X, it is no wonder there are so many designers and photographers among us. Image editing software for Mac computers varies greatly in functionality it offers – starting from basic editing required for uploading images online to creating stunning artistic pictures.

Here is the list of apps we consider to be top image editors:


Category: Photo
Requirements: OS X 10.10+, 9.73MB free space. Version 2.1.246. (7th Feb, 2018). 5 Rank based on 485+ users, Reviews(32)
PhotoBulk. The interface of the app is very elegant, made in dark colors, all tools are at their places. Live preview of images allows not only to see the final result of processing but also to control the position, size and angle of the watermark in real time, directly on the picture that makes PhotoBulk one of the best photo editing software for beginners. This image editing software for Mac provides many different settings for this. Add a tag, logo or any other unique and personalized watermark. Place the watermark anywhere on the photo, and then adjust its angle and size directly in the preview window. Besides that, the app allows you to resize multiple images at a time, convert them into a different format, JPEG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, GIF, use image optimizer and rename them as you please. This batch image editor for Mac is a must-have for those who have to deal with a large number of images regularly. Taking into account the ease of image editing and the quality of the result, PhotoBulk will be useful for users who do not want to delve into the complexities of heavy graphics editors to deal with batch processing without effort.


A long time favorite of all professional photographers and designers, it is easily the best photo editing software for Mac. Photoshop can be considered the standard in the professional world of photographic editing, thanks to the number of possibilities available to image edit. It offers you all features you could possibly think of – layers, 3D models, preset filters and effects, combining multiple images, removing stuff from your pictures, etc. Besides that, the benefits of the app include: content-aware patch and move tools; the ability to save in the background; improved crop tool; the ability to use filtering on the panel layers; automatic adjustment of brightness and contrast; work with liquify using hardware acceleration; face recognition function; advanced filters for photographers (Tilt-Shift, Field Blur, Adaptive Wide Angle and Iris Blur), etc. Its only drawback is the steep fee you gotta pay for using the app.


If you prefer a cheaper option, have a look at Pixelmator, universal image editor, built around the principles of simplicity and accessibility. This image editor for Mac offers a lot of features similar to Photoshop. Basic functions such as retouching, working with presets, etc. are made more convenient and easier than the same functions in the interface of products from Adobe. Besides that. The image editor supports many popular formats, such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, BMP, PSD, and PDF. It includes image editing based on layers and contains more than 40 tools for selecting, drawing, entering, cropping, measuring, and retouching. You can select over 100 different effects to apply to images and customize the color of your images using 15 color correction tools. The image editor also integrates with OS X, which provides quick access to photos on your computer and the ability to share images via Message, Mail, Twitter and Facebook.

Acorn 5

Another alternative to Photoshop is Acorn. This bulk image editor enables working with levels and curves and offers tools such as clone, paint, smudge, etc. However, just like Pixelmator, this app is not meant for working with RAW images. It also lacks heal and patch tools and more advanced stuff like selecting by color range. Nevertheless, the main tools and related parameters are presented in one panel, including layers that are displayed there as well. Additional functionality has migrated to the menu - these are filters, working with levels and color, changing the size of the canvas and the image, etc. Fast, simple and understandable, Acorn provides the user with all the necessary functions without overloading it with unnecessary functions and settings. Besides that, it does not require long and painstaking study. The editor is suitable for anyone who plans to conduct fast and not very deep processing of their images.


Okay, now it is the time to cheer those who work with RAW images – next in our list is Affinity. While using this image editor for Mac users can work with RAW and a number of other formats, adjust exposure, white balance, highlights, use masks, gradients, histograms, merge several shots, etc. This Mac image editor is really powerful. The most unusual feature of work in Affinity Photo is the division of the processing process into persons. Each is responsible for its own set of functions and allows not to overload the interface. There are five of them in total: Photo, Develop, Liquify, Tone Mapping and Export. Another Affinity Photo feature is the smart Assistant. With it, you can "program" the program to respond. In addition to the universal toolkit, which is very similar to Photoshop in many ways, Photo is equipped with additional tools for processing RAW photos, styling macro shots, applying a fluidity effect and quickly preparing images for screens with different pixel density.

Capture One Pro

Capture One Pro is positioned as a professional Mac image editing software, an asset manager and RAW converter. The main advantages of Capture One Pro are that the app is fully compatible with the RAW images of a large number of cameras and allows you to adjust parameters such as smoothness, hue, saturation, and lightness of selected individual colors. With Capture One Pro, you can convert files to various formats. This can be done in batch mode, as well as single. Besides that this batch image editor has a high speed of work. The list of the offered features of the app is rather huge, including color editor to achieve a beautiful color palette, correction of face tone in portrait photographs, an organization of photo collections, convenient adjustment of contrast and brightness. Starting from version 12, Capture One Pro supports third-party extensions, to have access to plug-ins that allow you to edit and share photos, as well as connect to "specialized editing tools".


This Image Editor for Mac is fully compatible with MacOS 10.10 and later. Requires 9.73MB free space, latest version 2.1.246. Released 7th Feb, 2018.

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