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Photos for macOS: Advanced Editing Extensions

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Learn how editing extensions can add an abundance of new capabilities to the already well-rounded Photos for macOS.

Included with macOS, Photos for macOS helps you manage, enhance, and share your photos. While Photos is a well-rounded program, there's still room to grow—and that's where extensions come in. These software add-ons plug into Photos and add new capabilities, from special color effects to sophisticated retouching. In this course, photographer, author, and educator Derrick Story surveys the extensions that provide advanced image editing features, from working with layers to fun projects such as changing the sky in an image, and more.


  • Welcome
  • What you need to know before watching this course
  • How to use the exercise files
  • A tour of the editing extensions covered
  • Enable new editing extensions
1. Luminar All-Purpose Editor
  • Overview of the Luminar interface
  • Tap the power of presets
  • Understand how filters work
  • Clone and erase in Luminar
  • Work with layers
  • Use the brush tool for localized adjustments
  • Additional adjustments in Luminar
  • Save your work back to Photos
  • Export a Luminar image out of Photos
  • Determine when to use a standalone or editing extension
2. DxO OpticsPro for Lens Corrections
  • Overview of DxO OpticsPro for Photos for macOS
  • Check to see if your camera is compatible
  • Correct distortion caused by your lens
  • Check white balance and smart lighting
  • Work with noise removal and ClearView
  • Save your image back to Photos for macOS
3. Pixelmator Retouch and Distort
  • Overview of Pixelmator editing extensions
  • Repair and clone image elements
  • Adjust color and tone
  • Soften and sharpen your photos
  • Edit a selfie with Pixelmator Distort Extension
  • Add finishing touches
4. Affinity Photo for Advanced Cleanup
  • Overview of Affinity Photo
  • Use the Haze Removal extension
  • Use noise reduction with Affinity Develop
  • Add effects with Affinity Miniature
  • Distort with Affinity Liquify
  • Use the Monochrome extension
  • Use the Retouch extension
5. Polarr All-Purpose Editor
  • Overview of Polarr
  • Use filters and FX
  • Straighten and correct distortion
  • Copy and paste adjustments
  • Color mask and gradient mask
  • Add text to your composition
  • Touch up a portrait
  • Next steps

Taught by

Derrick Story

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