How to add Affinity Photo Extensions into Apple Photo / Photos Tutorial

How to add extensions (Affinity Photo) to Apple Photo application - Develop, Haze, Liquify etc

Affinity Photo extentions / Apple Photo

affinity photo and apple photo extensions
  1. System preferences (dock)

  2. Extensions (Apple)

  3. Photos in left panel

  4. Select extensions for editing photos (right panel)

  5. Click the Affinity Photo extensions you want - Affinity develop, Haze removal, liquify, miniature etc

  6. Start Apple Photo application

  7. Click the edit photos button in top right corner

  8. Click extensions at the bottom and display added items

  9. Select liquify etc

Video tutorial on the subject by (youtube)


El Capitan and beyond : Extensions 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. AP 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 ???


Effects are added during the install of application added setsThe effects / extensions are added during the install of Affinity Photo but you can select them via preferences. Well, they are added by the app in the first place and if you have no effects then either the app doesn't add them or something has failed in the install process and in the case of AP, I would contacting Serif with the details as they should be available if you are using 1.4+.


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System preferences : OK, first thing to do is to go to the Apple application or to the system preferences, either is fine. In system preferences go to the extensions. You will see an entry for photos. Click on that on the left side panel. You will see 6 entries such as retouch etc. You can select them depending on whether or not you want them in your app.



Haze removal






Apple Photo app : rotate crop etcYou can also do the same in the Apple app via the extensions button at the bottom of the edit panel


To quickly access the tools in Apple Photo via the edit button. Start up the Apple application. 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 ?? ) Click on that. Once you are in edit mode, you will see the picture and the tools / filters etc down the right side (enhance, rotate, crop, filters, adjust, retouch, red-eye, extensions). Click the (...) and if the installed items are there (excellent) if not then go for the more and then add them via the preferences. Now use them as required


Changes with recent versions : It should be noted that the Affinity Photo extensions in Apple Photos has slightly changed and instead of seeing the command next to the retouch, you can see the small three dot button along the top bar of the application next to the information button. Click that and you will see the develop, haze removal etc. Other than that, much the same as earlier.


Haze, liquify, miniature etc : liquifyMany different features are included in the tools such as haze, liquify, miniature, twirl etc. Say you go into the miniature extension then you will find much the same features as the features in Affinity Photo - you will see elliptical and tilt as well as vibrance and clarity and strength as well as the lines / circles to modify the origin and range etc. If you go into develop you will see a vast range od settings such as exposure, contrast, saturation, vibrance, white balance, temperature, tint, shadows, highlights, color, luminosity etc. Just move the sliders to change the settings and create amazing designs.


Once you have finished your edits, click the cancel or save changes


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