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ImageLobe allows you to easily apply powerful visual effects to your images. It uses new Quartz Composition effects that are built into OS X. Over 40 sophisticated visual effects available. Simply drag an image onto the app, select an effect, and then drag the image back out to save it.

It's automatically expandable: when Apple or any 3rd party developers add new Quartz Composition image effects to your system, ImageLobe will detect them and make them available.

Choose from numerous effects, including City Lights, Color Pencil, Comic Book, Crystallize, Glow, Light Tunnel, Neon, Posterize, Thermal Camera, X-Ray and more...

What's New

Version 5.6:

Note: ImageLobe 5.6 is compatible with OS X 10.7 or later. An older version, compatible with OS X 10.6 (32-bit), is available as a part of the same download.
  • Updated a few of the image-effects algorithms.


  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Jjpong Member IconComment+121

What a joke... This app is right out of an Xcode Quartz sample project called ImageFX. He or she just gave it a different name, changing looks a bit. Every $18 out of $20 they make should go to Apple, Inc.

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Version 4.3
Jjbee Member IconReview+8

"It's automatically expandable…"
Well, not really as third parties Quartz compositions are located to:

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Version 4.2
sjsw Member IconReview+131

Update: Credit where credit is due. John, the developer replied to my second email and apologized for the delay in getting back to me. He was very helpful in solving the problems I was having with ImageLobe, it turns out that another quartz-based image editing program is the culprit having loaded "other" quartz effects into my system (without my knowledge) that are not, at this time, compatible with ImageLobe. The problem is that we have not figured out which program did this, as I have many image editing programs on my Mac. It could even be a program that I may have just demoed and removed from my system. Removing the offending .qtz files fixed the crashing and "green line" problems I was having with ImageLobe. ImageLobe is a solid entry in the "simple" image effects category and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to add effects to photos quickly and simply.

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Version 1.96
sjsw Member IconComment+131

I recently purchased and registered ImageLobe but am now having the same problems with crashes and green lines as others here have noted with this latest version. I have emailed (including screenshots of the problems) the developer but have yet to hear anything back from him/her, not even an email confirming that they are aware of the problems.

Today, I re-sent my original email (sent days ago) in the hopes that I'll hear something back and so I'm not going to post a rating at this point. I did like the program, up until this version, but ignoring emails from paid/registered users about bugs which render the program useless is very bad business IMO.

I will update here based on my experience, but for right now I would advise others not to purchase this software right now as this version has major problems and, at this point in my experience, an unresponsive developer.

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Version 1.96
thus.spake.z Member IconReview+424

Very easily create some extremely striking, aesthetically appealing visual effects with this little gem. A true eye-candy-lover's delight.
Totally user friendly, glitch free(at least for me)....no problems encountered in the trial mode. I'm very tempted to go for a license.

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Version 1.96
mac66graphics Member IconComment+26

I use to like imagelobe. Newest version crashes EVERYTIME I place a small JPEG in the window. And what's with the green lines? I purchased and registered ImageLobe. It has a lot going for it, but I can no longer use it with these serious problems. AND there doesn't appear to be a support address at their www. Only says to go to support address.....but where is it?

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Version 1.95

Even though I didn't hear back from the developer of image lobe, I downloaded this version and entered my serial number and lo and behold, IT Works, with NO green lines. I again like this application for what it does. Thank You mac66graphics

daveyola Member IconReview+11

i love imagelobe - it is drop dead simple to use and to be honest, i've actually stuck with the free version which limits you to small images only (circa 300k) because i've basically been using it to manipulate photobooth pics and small screencaptures to repost on photo sharing sites

many of the effects are similar to those in the ichat addons pack that folks use, but unlike those addons, you do NOT need to install anything else - you just unpack imagelobe, launch it and then drag in a little pic - beatifully integrated with the mac and works like a charm...very fast on my mbp

also, i have yet to crash this app - maybe it blows up with huge images, but i have not yet been able to make it blow up...

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Version 1.9
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Version 4.3
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Downloads 16,959
Version Downloads 678
License Demo
Date 20 Aug 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $20.00
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