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 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 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
  • Fixes a bug about text tool not opening text popover when selected layer is not visible
  • The LiveQuartz about box now tells if the app is in "LiveQuartz Lite" mode or "LiveQuartz Unlimited" mode

  • LiveQuartz Lite (com.rhapsoft.livequartzlite) is a Mac software application that has been discovered and submitted by users of The latest version that our users have reported running on their systems is LiveQuartz Lite 452. The most popular version of this application used by our users is LiveQuartz Lite 458.

    Operating System: Mac

    Minimum OS version: 10.10