onOne Software’s Essentials 2 for iPhoto is an incredible bargain at $59.95. It combines the best of their professional Photoshop plug-ins into one helper for iPhoto:
The “Make It Better” tool lets you compare color, contrast and brightness adjustments side-by-side, then choose the best result. Based on their fabulous PhotoTune technology, it works like an eye test: it presents two versions of your image and you click on the one you like best. Repeat, repeat, repeat, done!
“Blur It” adjusts depth of field, plane of focus and selective focus for professional blur effects.
“Frame It” lets you add edge and border effects such as torn paper, brush strokes and real frames and mats. More than 500 frames are included.
“Enlarge It” can resize images up to 400 percent without losing sharp edges and small details. Seriously.
A version is also available for Photoshop Elements.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.