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Great Photo Pro 2 Review

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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Category : Mac Apps
Product : Great Photo Pro 2
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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

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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