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LiveQuartz Lite

By Romain Piveteau

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A simple and powerful photo editor for the Mac.

It is based on non destructive layers and filters. The layers are at the left and the filters are at the right of the window. To edit a photo, just drag it into the window (or layers’ list) and it will be added as a new layer. LiveQuartz supports Gestures (Multi-Touch) and fully supports Retina Display.



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“As a product manager I constantly need to communicate my ideas visually but I lack the time, attention and motivation to learn something like Photoshop. I downloaded LiveQuartz Lite and was manipualting images and creating new content within minutes. I didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger on the upgrade to the Unlimited version and more than happy that I did. I’ve since encouraged my non technical friends and my kids to use it and have seen the same results.Highly recommended.” - BobKattt (2.3.2)

“I enjoy Mac style Apps because they make artistic sense to me. I like to have as little math, tangent calculations, and non creative tasks involved  when I am creating artwork and graphic design projects. With LiveQuartz, pencils act like pencils, and brushes brush. Actions are smooth and simple as putting a pen to paper. The layers behave magically and the various composites and photo effects are fluid and intuitive. Each time I use this program, I find new tools and combinations that help add to the fun of creating. Great program.” - Phil Seymour (2.0.3)


LiveQuartz Lite can export or print one image every 5 days (Export, Copy, Drag and Drop, Print, etc). You can remove this limitation by upgrading to the Unlimited Version and fully enjoy the application. A dialog will appear in the App when you hit the limit.

Note : When the LiveQuartz Lite is in unlimited mode, it continues to be named «LiveQuartz Lite».


• "Layer moving tool"
• "Brush"
• "Duplication tool"
• "Drawing tools" (lines, rectangles, rounded corners rectangles, ovals)
• "Gradient tools"
• "Rich Text tool"
• "Eraser tool"
• "Background eraser tool"
• "Filter effect tool"
• "Color Picker tool"
• "Rectangle Selection tool"
• "Ellipse Selection tool"
• "Lasso / Polygonal lasso tool"
• "Magnifying glass"


• Native non destructive format : rhif (RHapsoft Image Format, sqlite based)

• Read / Export formats : pdf, png, jpeg, jpeg2000, tiff, tga, gif, bmp, OpenEXR

• Read only formats :
raw, photoshop (merged layers), icns, sgi, Windows ico, Windows cursor, FlashPix, MacPaint, QuickTime Import Format, Radiance, XWindow bitmap


New Yosemite and Mavericks filters + Standard Core Image Filters + Shadow filter + "Flip" geometry filter

What's New in Version 2.5.2

Version 2.5.2:

- Bug fixes

Version 2.5:

- New Ellipse Selection tool
- Enhanced Lasso Selection tool with two modes : classical behavior by using it as usual (click and drag and release the mouse to close the selection) OR the new polygonal mode where you do some successive clicks to define segments of the polygon. You close the selection path with the “ Close ” button or with the “ return ” key (“ esc ” key is here to cancel the selection)
- The "shift" key can be used on the polygonal lasso
- New selections settings to apply a blur effect on the selection borders (no blur effect by default)
- Layer crop (available in the layer contextual menu by doing a right click on selected layers in the layer’s list) is now possible to any types of selection. This gives new basic masking capabilities to LiveQuartz (rectangle, elliptic, lasso and polygonal masking with progressive borders in option).
- Redesigned rectangle selections resizing knobs
- Better feedback about the tool size values and more precise tool size settings for small sizes (the slider uses a logarithmic slider)
- Painting tools now have dynamic sized cursors to show the tool shape
- Arrow tool (layer dragging) could be constrained to a line or vertical move with the “ ⇧ ” key
- Rectangle selections could be constrained to squares with the “ ⇧ ” key
- Ellipse selections could be constrained to circles with the “ ⇧ ” key

- Fixes a bug with undo grouping on some drawing tools
- Fixes a bug with cursors when we have selections
- Fixes a bug with the background eraser when using it by clicking on a non opaque color

If you like LiveQuartz, we’d love it if you could take a moment and give it a nice review. It helps LiveQuartz get noticed, which helps everyone in the long run.
If you don’t like it and think that this could be fixed, don’t hesitate to email us (feedback at rhapsoft dot com) to explain the reasons.


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Customer Reviews

Pretty Cool, Especially For Free!

I’m a Graphic Designer (own and use Adobe CS5.5) and I’m always looking for ways to do things quickly, for free or to recommend to friends. This is a pretty cool little app. Layers, compositing, text, moving images around on their layers, filters/fx, basic drawing tools, re-size an image on it’s own layer (click the little magnifying glass on a layer to see layer settings), all pretty good stuff. If you’ve used either of Adobe’s pro or consumer apps, the interface could take some getting used to. You can save to the open “.xcf” extension format for re-edit /additonal editing. I couldn’t export a .jpg from my 1st project, I got a pop-up that told me I needed to upgrade to paid version. But because I have a Mac and Apple gives us some good stuff, I used the to “cut out” a .tiff from the canvas, which I dropped into Preview and converted to a .jpg. This is a small niggle, if you know about Apple’s free apps, but if you don’t, not being able to even export a .jpg of your work is not a good thing. All in all, it’s good and I’d reccomend to friends over a paid app for occasional use.

LiveQuartz Lite
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  • Free
  • Category: Photography
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.5.2
  • Size: 5.4 MB
  • Languages: English, Danish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor

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