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How to add Affinity Photo Extensions into Apple Photo (Photos) Tutorial

How to add Affinity Photo Extensions into the Apple Photo application on your mac tutorial (and use haze, liquify, miniature etc)

Basics for the Affinity Photo Extensions

affinity photo and apple photo extensionsExtensions have now been added to the Apple Photo application with the release of El Capitan.


At present (Jan 2016), there doesn't appear to be a huge number of tools available but I guess they will start to appear over time.


Affinity Photo have jumped in with their own set of 6 useful tools that sort of match (to a lesser extant) the tools in the application such as develop and Liquify.


So how to get them to appear in the first place ???


You can find more about Affinity Photo via their site (the company is Serif). They have another program available called Affinity Designer and it is a pretty decent application as well (and there are rumours of another in the works, really hope it is an Affinity Video app or Affinity 3D app.


Add Affinity Photo Extensions

add extensions in Apple PhotoWell, they are added by the app in the first place and if you have no extensions, then either the app doesn't add them or something has failed in the extension install process and in the case of Affinity Photo, I would contacting them with the details as they should be available if you are using 1.4+.



OK, first thing to do is to go to the Apple Photo or to the system preferences, either is fine. In system preferences, go to the extensions and you will see an entry for photos, click on that on the left side panel and you will see 6 (or more if you have other extensions installed) and you can select them or not depending on if you wish to add them to the Apple Photo app. Assuming that you have selected them all.


You can also do the same in the Apple Photo app via the extensions button at the bottom of the edit panel.


Apple Photo or Photos / setup

apple photo extensions and affinity photoStart up Apple Photo (or as Photos as it is now called) and then click on a picture though before you do anything, I would suggest that you duplicate the photo and at least you can always go back to the source image.


Far right at the top there is a little edit button (could they have made it any more obscure ?? why isn't the edit in the edit menu ?? )


Anyway, once you are in edit mode, you will see the picture and the tools / extensions / filters etc down the right side (enhance, rotate, crop, filters, adjust, retouch, red-eye, extensions).


Click the extensions and if the installed items are there (excellent) if not then go for the more and then add them via the preferences. Now you should have all the extensions to play with in the application.


Affinity Photo Extensions

monochrome affinity photo extension apple pageaffinity photo liquify controls in photoThere are a number (six) such as develop, haze, liquify, miniature, etc. They work in much the same way as the tools with Affinity Photo so if you want to tweak the exposure etc then you can use the develop tool and if you want to warp the image in 1000s of ways, you can use the liquify.


I would love to see the "Affinity Photo Mirror Extension".


Anyway, once you have done all your edits, you can click the cancel or save changes.


An error message appears with my extensions in some cases (perhaps that is just my setup). You can then revert to original or you click done.


There is also, of course, the wonderful Affinity Photo and many of our resources on this site can work in that excellent app such as grid / table brushes and frame / edge seamless tile patterns and colorful plus and cross patterns



haze affinity photoYou can find many other tutorials such as how to use snapshots in Affinity Photo to capture work and how to use the Affinity Photo Bilateral filter to create amazing horizontal and vertical blurring effects and how to use the equations filter editor in Affinity Photo for transformations and mirror effects


Youtube Video tutorials

You can find out more via our video tutorial (youtube)