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Pearl Mountain: Collage and Publishing Apps for Mac

Every now and then I pull up a chair and start working on my Mac at home (work is a different story – I’m always in front of my Mac). I tested out two Mac Apps from Pearl Mountain Software: Picture Collage Maker 3 and Publisher Plus. The collage maker is primarily geared towards collage, greeting cards, scrapbooks, photo books, etc., and Publisher Plus leans toward brochures, newsletters, posters, short magazines, and other similar things. There are both free and pro versions of each so you can try them out to see what you think (I’m always a fan of that option).

Each program uses very similar techniques to deal with photos, text, and other graphics on the screen. It took me about 20 minutes to feel familiar with how some things worked. I have a feeling that spending a few minutes watching the intro video would have helped me a bit, but I always love to learn by trying. This is the video for Picture Collage Maker (and here is intro video for Publisher Plus).

Once I got the hang of the programs I created a few images. The first was done with Collage Maker, and the second with Publisher Plus. I’m currently going through a bit of an abstract phase so I used many of my recent creations.

Strive Collage

Art Sale Poster

As I’ve said in past posts, I don’t use a lot of software like this. I’m sort of an Adobe Illustrator, Lightroom, and Photoshop sort of person (when I’m on my Mac…now mostly iPhone and iPad). However, I have a feeling that apps like this would be useful for a lot of people. Go ahead, try out the free versions if you want to.

Publisher Lite on Mac App Store
Picture Collage Maker 3 on Mac App Store

Pearl Mountain has a lot of other Mac Apps, so check out their site if you get a few moments.

Update (July 19, 2015): Collage Maker 3 was recently updated to work with the new Mac OS X Photos program (that replaced iPhoto). I used the app to create a few new images. The calendar is rather fun since I had a few nice images from spring, summer, fall, and winter kicking around.

explorer_poster2

2015_calendar

24 Hour Sale on Snapheal

For those that use a Mac and don’t want to spend big bucks on Photoshop to remove things from your photos, Snapheal is a really nice way to do that. For today only it is on sale for just $7.99. Usually $29.99. Pretty good deal for one of the “Best of 2012” Apps that is the #2 selling app on the Mac App Store (behind iPhoto by Apple).

snapheal image

Snapheal is Incredible, intuitive and inspiring app to help you fix photos in minutes. REMOVE unwanted objects from photos, FIX bad skin, RESTORE damaged pictures and perform more complex edits faster and better than most other photo editing apps.

You can read more about it on their website, and download from the Mac App Store.

Quick Healing = Snapheal 2 for the Mac

The latest version of Snapheal has been released for the Mac and it really does feel rather snappy. It’s got some great new features including being able to import images from your Lightroom library (I’m a Lightroom user, so this was great).

Here are a list of the new features.

● MacBook Pro Retina display support
● 3X faster & flawless erasing: thanks to innovative smart pixel identification algorithm
● New erasing tools & functions: polygonal lasso tool, higher erasing precision, one-click switch between erasing modes.
● New Retouch & Adjustment tools for Pro color play
● Clone & Stamp tool significant performance optimization
● User interface improvements
● Lightroom 4.0 import support
● Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion compatibility
● Overall memory usage and performance improvements
● iCloud support

I did a recording of editing an image so you can get a quick feel for the program.

The before and after images are here. The program takes almost no time to learn and makes it really easy to edit images to create great shots. In this shot I really spent almost no time removing the one jutting beam so it looks a bit odd. At least in my eye. An extra minute would have been a good thing 🙂

Original image

Original image

After editing with Snapheal

After editing with Snapheal

Currently Snapheal is available on the Mac App Store for just $7.99 (on sale). If you are looking for a desktop photo editor that does healing as well, you can’t go wrong with this one.

You can also learn more on the Snapheal website.


Description

Snapheal is the incredible erasing app!
REMOVE extra objects & text; FIX skin imperfections; RESTORE old and damaged photos.

And perform complex pro photo enhancement in a few clicks with no special learning. Same and even better results than expensive photo editing software.

Here is what you can do with Snapheal:

• Remove unwanted objects
• Delete people from the photos
• Make skin imperfections vanish
• Erase text, signatures, etc
• Fix old scanned photos
• Remove scratches and blemishes

Over 15 easy to learn photo editing tools let you make pictures more awesome in a click:

• Clone & stamp
• Blur
• Light levels control
• Sharpen and noise reduction
• Highlights and shadows
• Saturation, gamma, contrast, hues, exposure
• Clarity and color temperature
• Crop, rotate, flip and more

Above this you can enjoy:

• Support of practically all image formats, including RAW
• Resolution support up to 32 megapixels
• Intuitive user interface
• Gestures support: Two-finger scroll; Pinch to zoom
• Drag and Drop images into application window
• Import from Aperture and iPhoto
• Export “snaphealed” images to Aperture and iPhoto
• Share photos via Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, E-mail
• 100% compatibility with Mountain Lion and earlier OS X (10.6 and above)

★ Snapheal is a one of a kind photo editor that saves you hundreds of dollars (you would spend on photo editing software) and lots of time (you would spend on learning that software), and makes your pictures looks awesome in no time ★

Color Splash Studio Offer

Interested in having Color Splash Studio for the Mac for free? The folks at MacPhun have a great weekend offer for those with Color Splash Studio for the iPhone.

They say it is “International Camera Day” today!

So we decided to make a special offer to the users of Color Splash Studio for iPhone and everyone who will get the app from Friday till Sunday. Everyone who has Color Splash Studio for iPhone gets a free copy of Color Splash Studio for Mac – one of the most popular photo app on the Mac App Store.

To claim a free app (regular price $4.99), users should simply email a picture via Color Splash Studio for iPhone to gift (at) macphun (dot) com. We’ll send a copy of Mac app in return.

Color Splash Offer

If this sounds good to you, go ahead and grab Color Splash Studio for the iPhone for just $0.99 this weekend, create a work of art, and email it to gift (at) macphun (dot) com. Sounds easy to me. Guess I’ll see what I can create.

Here is more information on Color Splash Studio for the Mac.

FX Photo Studio Turns One

Many moons ago I did a video walkthrough for FX Photo Studio, a Mac desktop application. It is currently celebrating it’s first year anniversary of helping people create fun photos and they are giving away daily goodies including things such as Pik.cases, Olloclip lenses, Casetagrams, DiffCases, styluses, camera extenders, gift vouchers, magnets, iHelicopters, photo books, photo apps, iPhone cases, and more. The top prize is a new iPad!

FX Photo Studio Contest

You can find out more on the FX Studio Facebook Page. The Mac app currently costs $9.99 and is available on the App Store.

Fan Cheers at Football Game

It took me just a few seconds to create with FX Photo Studio. Shot was taken at a very sunny UVA football game.