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Category: Mac Apps
Product: Great Photo Pro 2
Price: £6.99
Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

Great Photo Pro 2 Review - Great Photo Pro 2 is a Mac app which has a wide range of features such as HDR, RAW processing, colour splashing and more. Daniel Bell reviews.

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Verdict

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Great Photo Pro 2 is an all-in-one photo editing application that combines a range of editing tools such as effects, frames, big aperture, colour splash, HDR, RAW conversion and collages. All this is available from the Mac App Store for £6.99.

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Great Photo Pro 2 Features

  • 1-click enhance - optimises the brightness, contrast, saturation and exposure values
  • Visual effects and frames
  • Realistic HDR - with anti-ghosting and alignment
  • Raw converter - supports over 100 camera RAW formats
  • Big aperture - gives your images effects normally only seen with DSLR cameras. Controls both sharp focus and selective blurring with presets for portraits, natural scenes, architecture and macro photography
  • Colour splash - choose any colour you want to stand out in your image, while transforming the rest of the photo into black and white
  • Collage - three different modes of collage: template collage, photo stitching and free collage
  • Add text - define the colour and font of the text however you want
  • Sharing via Social Media - Facebook, Twitter, Flickr
  • Crop and straighten
  • Photo stitching
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Great Photo Pro 2 Performance

When you open the program the various editing options are available along the top of the screen. Down the left hand side is where you need to go to open images. You can select individual or multiple images or open a whole folder of images. When switching between the pictures you're editing you have to save each time, rather than working on a number of images and saving them all when finished. When you've images opened the left side panel is also where you go to export and save your images. Pressing info gives you details about the image such as ISO, aperture and more.

We're going to look at each individual feature in turn.

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Adjustment

For a quick fix of your images you can select one of the three 1-click enhancement options; low, medium and high. You further edit your pictures with basic adjustments (brightness, contrast, saturation), tone adjustments (exposure, shadows, highlights, white point, black point), colour adjustment (white balance, temp, tint, red, green, blue), smoothness/sharpness, chromatic aberration, lens adjustment and resize.

1 Click Enhancement Low | 1/400 sec | f/5.6 | 14.0 mm | ISO 50
1-Click Enhancement Low
1 Click Enhancement Medium | 1/400 sec | f/5.6 | 14.0 mm | ISO 50
1-Click Enhancement Medium
1 Click Enhancement High | 1/400 sec | f/5.6 | 14.0 mm | ISO 50
1-Click Enhancement High

Sharpen High Enhancement | 1/400 sec | f/5.6 | 14.0 mm | ISO 50
Sharpen & High 1-Click Enhancement

FX/Frame

There is a massive range of FX and frames as well as a vignette option. You can adjust the strength of each FX, with a range of options below.

Everimaging Ltd Great Photo Pro 2 Sample Photos

FX - Angels Kiss

FX - Angels Kiss
High-Res

FX - B&w Comics

FX - B&w Comics
High-Res

FX - Bright Spot

FX - Bright Spot
High-Res

FX - Comic Book

FX - Comic Book
High-Res

FX - Cool Summer

FX - Cool Summer
High-Res

FX - Dawn Light

FX - Dawn Light
High-Res

FX - Glow Sepia

FX - Glow Sepia
High-Res

FX - Glowstick

FX - Glowstick
High-Res

FX - Gray Popper

FX - Gray Popper
High-Res

FX - Grey Grain

FX - Grey Grain
High-Res

FX - Hot Fudge

FX - Hot Fudge
High-Res

FX - Kraft Paper

FX - Kraft Paper
High-Res

FX - Mini Oven

FX - Mini Oven
High-Res

FX - Nostalgic

FX - Nostalgic
High-Res

FX - Old Glow

FX - Old Glow
High-Res

FX - Pittsburgh

FX - Pittsburgh
High-Res

FX - Plam

FX - Plam
High-Res

FX - Precious Time

FX - Precious Time
High-Res

FX - Real Illusion

FX - Real Illusion
High-Res

FX - Red Wash

FX - Red Wash
High-Res

FX - Scratchy Pencil

FX - Scratchy Pencil
High-Res

FX - Sepia Glow

FX - Sepia Glow
High-Res

FX - Straight Ink

FX - Straight Ink
High-Res

FX - Sunlight Spots

FX - Sunlight Spots
High-Res

FX - Vintage

FX - Vintage
High-Res

FX - Whisper

FX - Whisper
High-Res

FX - Yellow Wash

FX - Yellow Wash
High-Res

Frame - Black Edging

Frame - Black Edging
High-Res

Frame - Black Humor

Frame - Black Humor
High-Res

Frame - Blue Jeans

Frame - Blue Jeans
High-Res

Frame - Blue Stamp

Frame - Blue Stamp
High-Res

Frame - Cleopatra

Frame - Cleopatra
High-Res

Frame - Dark Gray

Frame - Dark Gray
High-Res

Frame - Film

Frame - Film
High-Res

Frame - Goldenrod

Frame - Goldenrod
High-Res

Frame - Memory

Frame - Memory
High-Res

Frame - Moonlight

Frame - Moonlight
High-Res

Frame - Moon Shadow

Frame - Moon Shadow
High-Res

Frame - Movie

Frame - Movie
High-Res

Frame - Nile River

Frame - Nile River
High-Res

Frame - Old TV

Frame - Old TV
High-Res

Frame - Pale Blue

Frame - Pale Blue
High-Res

Frame - Romantic

Frame - Romantic
High-Res

Frame - Seabed

Frame - Seabed
High-Res

Frame - Secret Garden

Frame - Secret Garden
High-Res

Frame - Sweet Dream

Frame - Sweet Dream
High-Res

Frame - Vanilla

Frame - Vanilla
High-Res

Frame - Videos

Frame - Videos
High-Res

Frame - White Wooden

Frame - White Wooden
High-Res

Frame - Wooden

Frame - Wooden
High-Res

Vignette

Vignette
High-Res

Big Aperture

This makes your images look like they have been taken with a DSLR using a wide aperture. There are four options to choose from depending on your subject; building, portrait, macro and nature. You're able to leave your subject in focus while blurring the edges. The nature one can be used to create images with a miniature effect.

Big Aperture Building | 1/400 sec | f/5.6 | 14.0 mm | ISO 50
Big Aperture Building

Big Aperture Macro   Big Aperture Portrait | 1/250 sec | f/5.6 | 70.0 mm | ISO 400
(Above) Big Aperture Portrait

(Left) Big Aperture Macro


Big Aperture Nature | 1/250 sec | f/10.0 | 300.0 mm | ISO 180
Big Aperture Nature

Colour Splash

When you enter this mode your chosen image is automatically turned to black and white. You can then use the brush to put colour back into areas of the picture. If you go wrong you can use the eraser to remove the colour or fine tune. You can amend the size, softness and opacity of the brush.

Colour Splash | 1/6 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 125
Colour Splash

HDR

This is very similar to another program from Everimaging that we reviewed in January 2013 - HDR Darkroom 2. It's simple to use, just select at least two pictures of the same scene at different exposures and hit start. The images are merged together, with ghost reduction available if your images are slightly out of line. It processes the images quickly and you can use the tone mapping options for different styles.

HDR | 1.6 sec | f/10.0 | 22.0 mm | ISO 100
HDR

RAW

Load a RAW file and there is a short processing stage. Similarly to the HDR mode, you can use the tone mapping options to quickly and easily make impressive JPEGs from your RAWs. If you shoot in RAW but don't feel confident at processing them in Photoshop for example, Great Photo Pro 2 makes the process quick and easy while achieving impressive results.

Raw Balancer | 1/400 sec | f/5.6 | 14.0 mm | ISO 0
Raw Balancer
Raw Compressor | 1/400 sec | f/5.6 | 14.0 mm | ISO 0
Raw Compressor
Raw Enhancer | 1/400 sec | f/5.6 | 14.0 mm | ISO 0
Raw Enhancer

Collage

Within the standard collage mode there are a number of layouts available using between 2 and 8 shots. Just click and drag your photos in from your loaded photos. By clicking on an imported photo you can change the composition by moving, increasing the size and rotating. There are 4 border colours available.

You can also stitch photos together in either a landscape or portrait orientation, with changeable border size, colours and corners. The third options is free collages where you can select a background and add as many pictures as you want, placing them randomly, overlaying and at different angles.
Collage
Collage

Photo Stitching | 1/400 sec | f/5.6 | 14.0 mm | ISO 0
Photo Stitching

Text

The last option is to add text. You write the text in a box and select the font, size and colour. Other options include text shadows and transparency.

Text | 1/400 sec | f/5.6 | 14.0 mm | ISO 50

Great Photo Pro 2 Verdict

The Great Photo Pro 2 Mac app packs a good number of creative features to quickly and easily edit your photos. It lacks the tools that Photoshop users may be used to, such as layers etc. however this is ideal for those who are new to photo editing, but more advanced users will appreciate the app as well. For just £6.99, it's very easy to recommend the app for Mac users.

The Great Photo Pro 2 Mac app is ideal for those who want to edit their images quickly and easily.

Great Photo Pro 2 Pros

Excellent range of filters
Easy to use
Good value for money

Great Photo Pro 2 Cons

Have to save when switching between photos
No batch processing
A little too basic for advanced users

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The Great Photo Pro 2 app is available from the Mac App Store for £6.99. For more information please visit the Everimaging website.

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