Installing editing extensions is easy. Derrick walks you though the steps in this video. Once the software has been downloaded, you can enable the extension in System Preferences and access it in edit mode in Photos for macOS.
- Once you've purchased a new editing extension from the Mac App store, you need to enable it before you can use it in Photos. I'm going to show you a couple ways to go about that. First, you can do it through the editing mode itself. I'm going to go ahead and hit the return key. We are in editing mode now and we can go over to Extensions, which is where they are located. These three have already been loaded, so I have access to these right now. But let's say I purchased a new one and I'd like to start using it, then I can just go to more.
This brings me into the Extensions pane of my System Preferences. I can scroll down to find the one that I want. Let's say that we're going to do Affinity Haze Removal. One of my favorites. That's fantastic. Now we just go back to the application. Go back to our Extensions pop-up menu, and we see that Affinity Haze Removal has been added, which means that we can use it. If you want to be a little bit more active about this, in other words, if you want to enable the extension before you even open an image in Photos, you can do that also.
I'll go ahead and minimize Photos here. We'll take you back to the top level of System Preferences. So you open System Preferences, which is easy to do, you just go up under the apple and they're located right there. And then you go to the Extensions. Make sure that you've clicked on Photos, and then you have all of your editing extensions that have been loaded, are available to you right here. So for example, if we wanted to enable another one we could do that right here, such as Pixelmater Retouch.
And then if we decide that our list is getting too long we can also disable an editing extension. And this is only disabling it from showing up in the pop-up menu in Photos. You still have it, you can still turn it back on whenever you want. But let's say that we wanted to disable Affinity Haze Removal, we could do that. Now we will have Pixelmator in our pop-up menu in Photos for Mac OS and Affinity Haze Removal will have been removed.
Let's take a look at that. Go back to edit mode right here, go to Extensions, there's Pixelmator and Affinity has been removed. So these are very easy to manage. You can keep this menu as long or as short as you wish. Everything's managed in System Preferences, and make sure that when you do purchase a new editing extension, that you enable it so you can use it right away.
- Using the Luminar editing extension
- Working with layers
- Adjusting images
- Using DxO OpticsPro
- Applying lens corrections to photos
- Using Pixelmator Retouch
- Using Pixelmator Distort
- Using different Affinity Photo editing extensions
- Using Haze Removal
- Using Polarr image editing tools
- Adding text to photos