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I'm searching a desktop equivalent of the Camera+ iPhone app. The app Camera+ has predefined effects which can be added to images. Basically, all I want is a desktop application which is able to easily apply numerous effects on photos/images.

I've got Adobe Photoshop, but it takes to much time to edit all the photos I have. With Camera+, nice effects can be applied within seconds so I'm searching for something like that.

I hope someone knows a good desktop application for my needs.

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I am glad to see I am not the only one who asks questions about the iPhone here. – dpollitt Jul 13 '11 at 19:59
It's not a question about the iphone;), it's about a desktop equivalent and definetily is about photography. To all others, I've voted up your answers, they were all very helpfull! – NickGreen Jul 18 '11 at 17:43
Yea, that made almost no sense. It has the word "iPhone" in the title, and description, thus it is about "the iPhone". – dpollitt Jul 18 '11 at 22:14
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Most of that sort of functionality is incorporated into Photoshop plugins, many of which are also available for use as stand-alone applications (with a lightweight plug-in "host"). Topaz Labs, Nik Software and Alien Skin (among others) can probably provide what you're looking for.

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Plugins for the win. – Joel Glovier Jul 13 '11 at 5:14
Thx for your answer, can't vote up yet (unfortunately) – NickGreen Jul 15 '11 at 10:26

I think your emphasis on a desktop application is somewhat flawed. I would point you to online photo editing options such as Befunky and Fotoflexer. Many more exist, but the one I am most familiar with is BeFunky. It works in very much the same way as a phone application and it even has a phone based solution offering.

In today's modern browser world, many of these simple 1-click photo manipulation effects can be easily achieved using an online application rather then requiring the user to download an application.

You could also look at sites like or even

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Thx for your answer, can't vote up yet (unfortunately) – NickGreen Jul 15 '11 at 10:27

In Adobe Lightroom you can download user made presets (Example Presets), and batch apply the ones you want to multiple photos.

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Thx for your answer, can't vote up yet (unfortunately) – NickGreen Jul 15 '11 at 10:27

You might want to check out FX Photo Studio as it does a good job filling the void between iPhoto and Photoshop. I am in the same position as you, and do most of my editing in Camera+ since it's so easy to quickly apply some simple effects to make a photo look nicer.

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there are several applications that you can use, most cost money but this one Easy Photo Effects is free. It can convert your photo's to black and white and add all sorts of interresting effects!

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