Iconfactory Flare review

Flare was recently updated to fix various bugs in Lion. It has a similar feel to CameraBag 2 but does things in a slightly more methodical way. 

There’s a list of 30 preset effects ranging from chemical processes to specific toy camera emulations. A couple are different from everything else in this roundup, offering overlaid text or a CCTV-style effect. The presets are combinations of the basic parameters, which can be adjusted once an effect has been applied or added individually. 

Once a preset has been applied in Flare parameters can be tweaked or new ones added 


The parameters include grain, tints, saturation, brightness, contrast, vignetting, blur, texture, duotone, black-and-white and mid-tones. However, the adjustments are simply levels of opacity so there’s no real variation in what each element can do. It’s then possible to add borders, distortion, half-toning and scanlines as well. Edited effects can then be saved as presets to use again.

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