Edit your photos using third-party extensions in Photos for macOS

Learn how to install third-party photo editing extensions on your Mac and use them alongside the built-in tools in Photos.

Third-party extensions expand your editing options in Photos. You can apply edits from multiple extensions to one photo, or use any combination of extensions plus the editing tools built into Photos.

To get started with extensions, first install and enable them. Then you can find the extensions in Photos and use them to edit your images.

Install and enable extensions

Set up extensions in Photos with these steps:

  1. Use the Mac App Store to find and install third-party extensions for Photos.
  2. Open System Preferences on your Mac, then click Extensions.
  3. Click Photos in the left sidebar.
  4. Click the check boxes to enable the extensions you want to use in Photos.

Edit photos with extensions

To use an extension in Photos:

  1. Double-click a photo in your library to open it in single view, then click Edit.
  2. Click Extensions. You can find it at the bottom of the Photos editing tools on the right-hand side of the window.
  3. Choose an extension from the menu.
    You can also enable or disable extensions by clicking More... in this menu. 
  4. Edit the photo with the extension's tools that appear to the right.
  5. When you're satisfied with your edits, click Save Changes. You can choose another extension to apply further edits to the photo, or use any of the editing tools that are built into Photos.
  6. If you're finished with all edits, click Done to exit the edit mode.

Whether you edit a photo with third-party extensions or the built-in tools Photos offers, you can always revert back to the photo's original state. Double-click the photo to open it in single view, click Edit, then click Revert to Original.

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