Image Tricks Lite is a freeware photo editing application that utilizes macOS Core Image filters and Quartz Compositions to transform your favorite photos. Image Tricks Lite also contains a powerful image generator for creating random images, as well as photo frames and borders to decorate your images even further.

The Pro Edition of Image Tricks includes an additional:
• 42 image filters (total 160);
• 168 frames (total 192);
• 62 vector borders (total 74);
• 154 unique masks (total 225);
• 6 Quartz compositions (total 41);
• 7 image generators (total 20).

Tricks with Filters and Compositions:
• Adjust colors (Saturation, Brightness, Contrast, Sepia, etc.)
• Blur images (Motion Blur, Sharpen Luminance, Unsharp Mask, etc.)
• Distort faces and more (Bump, Pinch, Twirl, etc.)
• Turn a photo into art (Mosaic, Color Pencil, Halftone, etc.)
• Blend two pictures together (Page Curl, Checkerboard, etc.)
• Tile an image, create a kaleidoscope out of it, crop it, and much more!

Picture Frames and Borders
• Large collections of both frames and borders for your photos.
• Zoom in and position your photo inside.
• Flip frames and apply shadows to them.

Image Generators:
• Random images created using mathematical algorithms.
• Control all of the parameters with easy-to-use controls.
• Set the core colors of the generated image.

What's New

Version 3.9

• Introduced "Use Background Color" in the Options dialog of Save/Export. Useful when a user doesn't want to preserve transparency, but use the background color instead.
• Added the ability to share an edited image to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and more.
• New background images added.
• Improved program UI.
• Filter effects were revised and fixed where necessary.
• Filter parameters (Width, Radius, etc.) adopt to image size automatically when the picture is changed.
• Fixed the problem with incorrect transparency for some borders, frames and masks.
• Photo Effects: Chrome, Fade, Instant, Mono, Noir, Process, Tonal, Transfer were grouped together.
• Similar filters were grouped as following:
Kaleidoscope Tiles (Eightfold Reflected, Sixfold Reflected, Sixfold Rotated, Triangle Tile, Twelvefold Reflected);
Rectangular Tiles (Glide Reflected, Fourfold Rotated);
Acute Angle Tiles (Fourfold Reflected, Fourfold Translated).
• Fixed the problem with mouse/trackpad usage on Triangle Kaleidoscope filter.
• Removed filters: BL Sobel, BL Rectangular Splash, Accordion Ford Transition.
• Multiple other improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5

5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Outstanding Image Editing!!!

Joshua D.

I love Image Tricks Lite! First off, well, it's FREE!! YAY! And for that price tag, well, you get a lot more than most other apps of that price range.

What I really love is the just the vast amount of options Image Tricks Lite offers. There are so many things that it allows you to do, to edit an image, and really with this amount of mechanics, your imagination is the true limit. The filters are plenty and varied, and they to me, stand up to many filters found in paid image editors. I also seem to use the distortion effects quite often, during moments of catharsis, while I warp, pinch and zoom, the faces of annoying reality tv morons.

This image editor also offers all the standard options you'd find in most editors, such as different colorization changes, and your standard cropping and resizing. It definitely isn't as bold and complex, with the myriad of features found in programs such as Photoshop, Corel products, or Pixelmator, but well, I wouldn't really compare it to them either. It's not trying to be that robust, but more just a fun tool to use for your more novice needs, and I think it succeeds on all fronts. I really can't find anything at all that I've been disappointed with this editor, and like I said in the beginning, with the price of nil, it's that much better!

Give it a try, you might find something you like!

Pretty Good Free App.


I've just downloaded and began using right away. I have been looking for a way to reverse certain pictures to use in various ways and this application has what I'm looking plus more. I was able to use my own pics and save them on my desktop to place in other folders and use as I needed them. It has a lot of features that can be used in funny and artsy ways. It includes a few borders but its perfect for what I needed it to do. I did notice that while I have iPhoto and Photo booth open as well as this application scrolling thru my pics was just a little slowed but it was ok. Nothing crashed or interfered badly. I found what I needed pretty easily. Like the look and feel. So far so good. Overall a really nice application for a freebie.

Great effects, but crashes constantly


I really like some of the effects. Especially the kaleidoscope and other similar effects. Very good. Except it crashes constantly, I have to save every step of the way and even then I can't be sure. Seems to happen mostly when in kaleidoscope mode changing the center position. It just freezes and refuses to respond. Sometimes I get the beachball and others I get an unexpected quit message but usually it just stops working and I have to force quit.

Haven't seen any reports of this in the ratings I did look at, but it might be worth mentioning that I have a brand new 2011 macbook pro, with the new intel graphics. Hope that doesn't have anything to do with it.

I still give it four stars because the kaleidoscope effect is so cool.


Belight Software, ltd
21.4 MB
English, French, German, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Belight Software, Ltd


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