| Cult of Mac

Make AI your photo editor with a lifetime subscription to Luminar Neo [Exclusive discount]


Make AI your photo editor with a lifetime subscription to Luminar Neo.
Use Luminar Neo's AI superpowers to make your iPhone photos look amazing.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

While the cameras on our iPhones and how we take photos are constantly improving, we can always use a hand to clean them up after the fact. For those of us that aren’t professional photographers, or particularly adept at photo editing, user-friendly and innovative photo editing software can make this daunting task a whole lot easier.

Luminar Neo uses the power of artificial intelligence to edit, refine and stylize photos. And now, you can grab a lifetime license to it, bundled with other impressive photo editing add-ons, for only $79 (regularly $400) — but the savings don’t stop there. Cult of Mac readers can save an extra 10% by adding exclusive coupon code TAKE10NOW.

Transforming everyday pictures into truly beautiful photographs can become a reality with this AI-driven software.

Luminar Neo marks a year of creative upgrades with a special offer for you


Right now you can get a 2-for-1 deal on the highly functional Luminar Neo photo editing app.
During Luminar Neo's birthday celebration, you can get a two-for-one deal on the highly functional photo editing app.
Photo: Skylum

Are you a photographer? If so, you should know about Luminar Neo, the full-featured photo editing app from Skylum that’s celebrating its first birthday.

This post is brought to you by Skylum.
The team behind it, based in war-torn Ukraine, has relentlessly improved the award-winning software over the past year. With a multitude of new features — including several AI-powered tools that make photo editing magically creative — Luminar Neo offers serious photographers total control over their images.

Skylum is marking Luminar Neo’s one-year anniversary with a fantastic opportunity for savings. Read on for more on the app’s new features and the “1+1” deal on offer.

Magically enhance many photos at once with the new Batched app


Batched lets you edit many photos as once.
Batched lets you edit many photos as once.
Photo: Adva Soft

This post is brought to you by Adva Soft.

Sometimes you want to make changes to just one of your treasured digital photos. Other times you wish you could modify a whole bunch of them at once, quickly and easily. With the new multi-photo-editing app Batched, you can do it either way.

Available for iOS and iPadOS, the tool makes it much easier to enhance scads of your cool pics to a variety of interesting degrees, including color-transfer functionality and numerous filters and effects.

And did we mention that most of the tools in the Batched app are free? They are, although some premium features can be unlocked with a subscription. Let’s take a look at what Batched can do for you.

Edit pics like a pro on your Mac with this Luminar AI bundle


Edit photos in an instant with this AI powered app.
This dead-easy photo editing software comes with templates, plus lessons to teach you about photography.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

You don’t have to spend 12 hours waiting for the perfect shot to get a professional-quality photo. All you need is a good photo editor. The Complete Award-Winning Luminar AI Bundle does most of the work editing your photos for you — and makes all the rest easy.

And for just $39.99 (regularly $235), making the decision to get Luminar is a snap.

Make picture-perfect Instagram Stories and more with Pixlr — on sale for 58% off


Pixlr Premium is on sale for $79 for 2 years.
Make art you can use with this photo editor and template software.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

With the right software tools, you can create professional-quality photos even if you aren’t an experienced photographer. And, if you get the really right software, you can create eye-catching images perfect for sharing on social media, advertising your business and more.

Ready to give your Instagram Stories a serious upgrade or start cranking out click-worthy YouTube banners and brochures? Pixlr Premium is an easy-to-use photo editor that comes with loads of tools for producing the best images around. Plus, it’s on sale for just $79 from Cult of Mac Deals.

How to crop, straighten and unskew photos on iPad and iPhone


Crop photos
It’s not better, but it offers a different perspective.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

You’ve always been able to crop photos on your iPhone and iPad. It’s easy to “zoom” into your images, cutting out cruft and distraction at the edges of the frame to focus on what’s important. But now, in iOS 13 and iPadOS, you can do more than crop and chop. Now you also can skew images — aka correct perspective errors — all inside the Photos app’s edit mode.

You can do all kinds of things with this new Photos tool. If you snapped a picture of a painting in the gallery, and didn’t hold your iPhone parallel to the wall, you can fix that. Or you can get more radical, perhaps by “fixing” an image of a skyscraper to stop it from disappearing to a point in the distance. The good news is that these perspective tools are fun and easy to use. Let’s check them out.

Photoshop for iPad shows that Adobe totally still has it


30% of tablets sold last quarter were iPads
30% of tablets sold last quarter were iPads
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

Adobe’s Photoshop is now available in the App Store, ready for you to try. You have to sign up for a $10 monthly subscription, even just to test it out, but there’s a one-month free trial included in the sub. With that out of the way, how is it? Extremely limited, but very promising.

If you’re familiar with Photoshop on the Mac or PC, then you will feel immediately at home. You will also feel immediately frustrated, because the app does almost nothing. We learned earlier this month that Photoshop for iOS would offer a cut-down feature set compared to the full desktop version. Still, this app is so basic that — if you want to actually get any work done — you should grab something like Affinity Photo instead.

But as an example of an iPad app, Photoshop is stellar. It’s easy to use, and yet most of the basics are there. And there’s a new UI innovation, called the Touch Shortcut, that should be in every app. Let’s take a look.

Pixelmator Photo first impressions: An amazing iPad image editor [Review]


Pixelmator Photo should be on every photographer’s iPad.
Pixelmator Photo should be on every photographer’s iPad.
Photo: Nuria Gregori

Pixelmator Photo, a new image-editing app for iPad, gives you tons of tools for tweaking your images. The app lets you apply filters, crop, trim and generally making your photos look great.

In this regard, Pixelmator Photo is like a zillion other photo apps for iOS. What sets it apart are a) the now-expected Pixelmator polish, and b) machine learning that powers pretty much everything.

I’ve taken the app, which launches today, for a quick spin, and it’s pretty great. The photo-editing space is so crowded with great apps, though, that we’re spoiled for choice. How does Pixelmator Photo match up?