Apple Mac computers (be they iMac, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air) have been the go-to machines for creatives for many a year now, with an intuitive interface conducive to getting imaginative work done quickly and effectively. When it comes to image and photo editing jobs, that’s mostly down to the superb apps available on Mac OS X. From lightweight editing apps like Simply HDR to the titans of the industry like Photoshop and Aperture, here we pick our ten favourite image and photo editing apps for Mac.
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Adobe Photoshop is the program of choice for professional image editors across the globe with its layer-based workflow, and the latest CS6 Extended version is by far the best build yet. A new interface uses a darker tone to make your images the focus of the app, while the new Mercury graphics engine allows powerful tools like Liquify, Puppet Warp and Transform to make adjustments in real time. Better crop, RAW imports, task automation, video editing, blur options and text editors join headlining features like the Content-Aware Patch tool that intelligently fills the gaps in images you've edited, cropped or transformed. If you can imagine a transformation to apply to your image, Photoshop can deliver it. If you buy one app on this list, Photoshop has to be it. It's not cheap though, costing £667.20. Education, business and upgrade discounts are available though. Also, check out our full review here.