LiveQuartz Photo Unlimited 4+

Simple and Powerful

Romain Piveteau

    • 4.5 • 66 Ratings
    • $7.99



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 Multi-Touch Gestures Multi-Touch.



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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)


• "Layer moving tool"
• "Brush"
• "Duplication tool"
• "Drawing tools" (lines, rectangles, rounded corners rectangles, ovals)
• "Gradient tools"
• "Rich Text tool"
• "Eraser tool"
• "Background eraser and Paint Bucket tools"
• "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, heif, 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

What’s New

Version 2.9.9

Fixing a regression on at least macOS 10.13 and probably 10.14 where the 2.9.8 update broke the Shadow filter.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

Stratomatic Man ,

Live Quartz answers many if not not most needs

My wish list would be a quicker way to select a single item in a layer or image. Something similar to the magnetic lasso tool

Spg1234567890 ,

If this is what you are looking for, it’s great!

I missed the old Image Composer program from Microsoft back in the day. This is a good replacement. It is all about layers; on each layer, you can do all sorts of filters, adjustments, and sizing. You can cut things out and paste them as a new layer. It is perfect for constructing an image from pieces taken from other photographs. It isn’t really about making vignettes from your cat pictures, it is about assembling elements into a new image, for what ever purpose. Try arranging your cats under a picture of a christmas tree - you can do that with this.

mydogti ,

Couldn’t do my job without it.

I have been using this app since 2009. It receives updates on the regular. It has a ton of basic tools and lets you put together a lot of nice images. The app is lightweight but does punch above its weight compared to most other editors. Everything the app does, it does very well… which is rare but well worth the price tag.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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