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Big Aperture
Big Aperture
Big Aperture free download for Mac

Big Aperture

Version 1.1.2

Enhance depth-of-field and apply other visual effects to digital images.

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Big Aperture overview

Note: Big Aperture is no longer under development and the developer provides no support for it.

Big Aperture gives your images the DSLR-Level Depth Of Field effect and other visual aspects normally seen with only professional grade big sensor cameras. Magically unleash your creative inspiration, while using tools for making great images with a mix of clear focus and selective blurring as well as awesome post-processing FX effects.


  • Intelligent Focus System
    Big Aperture Intelligent Focus System allows you roughly define your focus area and then further refine your focus area precisely with one click.
  • Aperture Size Control
    Varied aperture sizes are provided in the app and allow you define the blur level of the out-of-focus areas.
  • Bokeh effects
    Big Aperture also offers 16 unique Bokeh effects that aesthetically exaggerate the effect of the lights shinning in the out-of-focus area, into shapes like stars and hearts. This great feature transforms the overall look and feel of a fairly image into one to amaze your friends and family. Further options include an airy effect, inducing the dreamy effects to wedding photographs, thematic support for objects and beautiful imagery of scattered lights in the background of focused subjects.
  • Filter Effects
    Over 40 well defined Effects in various categories, including Lomo, Analog, Black and White, Classic Style, as well as 20 different styles of borders combined with DSLR depth-of-field effect give full play to your creativity and imagination
  • Instant Focus/Blur Tool
    Basic mode provide you customized settings for portraits, natural scenes, architecture and macro photography and you can instantly define your focus and blur area in real time.
  • Editing tools
    Big Aperture gives some of the most powerful and easy to use photography editing tools - brightness controls, contrast control, saturation control, rotation, etc.
  • Before & After Comparison functionality
    Fast switching between before & after view in your processing stage allows you get the exactly results your are looking for.
  • File support
    Big aperture supports image resolution up to 40 mega-pixels, in numerous image formats including: TIFF, JPEG, PNG, BMP and over 100 RAW file formats.

What’s new in version 1.1.2

Updated on Feb 22 2012

Version 1.1.2:
  • Improved processing speed
  • UI is improved
  • Fix a few bugs





96.4 MB

Developer’s website




App requirements

  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later
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Jan 14 2012
Jan 14 2012
Version: 1.0.4
I'm no professional photographer or developer, but still, this is unbelievably good for 99 cents. I must admit, seeing the start up screen with no tools, instructing me to drag and drop an image into the app, I wasn't expecting much, but I was wrong. Once you do that, a reassuring number of tools and options then pop up enabling you to fine tune your image in a number of ways. The end result is, I have to say, very good. I have so many of these quality one trick ponies in the hope of achieving a cheaper and faster replacement for Photoshop - its apps like this that justify that belief. The general quality of the end result is such that I even go to his type of software before Pixelmator, due to the amount of time it saves. Seeing as its the only place you can purchase Big Aperture, the App Store is evidently relevant to this software. I'm not an App Store "believer" and for me it will never replace purchasing software through Macupdate or from the developer direct, but considering that software like this is now available when it wasn't before (well, not for 99 cents) as a result of the App Store, I can now for the first time, start to see the App Store's value.