LiveQuartz Photo Edit Lite

Developer: Romain Piveteau

Current Version: 2.5.17

Last Updated: 3 months ago

Download Size: 7 MB - Download


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.



TWITTER : @livequartz

“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 Photo Edit Lite can export or print one image every day (export, share, cut, copy, drag and drop, print). 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 Photo Edit Lite is in unlimited mode, it continues to be named «LiveQuartz Photo Edit Lite» but by opening the "About ..." window, you will see "LiveQuartz Unlimited" instead of "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


Standard Core Image Filters + Shadow filter + "Flip" geometry filter


Release Notes:

- Limited support to the MacBook Pro Touch Bar (basic tools picker and sharing)
- Some bug fixes


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 2.2.9
Review by Homerrat

KitKat Live Quartz….. - I downloaded the lite version and found it very easy working on Maverick….beautiful results.. So I decided to download the Live Quartz Unlimited version and found it to be an easy app to work with different designs for scrapbooking, journaling and anything you would like to design. I recommend this app for anyone interested in designing…..

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 2.5.12
Review by Vegassteve

Be prepared to BUY this if you plan on exporting or print more than 1 image a day - clunky interface and basically forces you to wait a day if you export or print more than one image per day if you use the free version……don’t make a mistake you’ll have to wait till tomorrow to export or print it.

Found helpful by 1 out of 2 people