Photos For Mac Extensions

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

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Use third-party extensions on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Learn how to find apps with Photos extensions for your iOS device, turn on the extensions, and then use them to edit photos.

Install iOS apps that offer extensions

Use the App Store on your device to find and install apps that allow full editing from Photos or include extensions for Photos. Apps that include Photos extensions often say so in their descriptions; search for terms like 'Photos extension' to explore more apps.

I love the idea of extensions and have the Pixlemator ones and Intensify, but rarely use them. Intensify is good for one click effects, but Photos pretty much does what I need. Photos for Mac is a limited if user-friendly photo editor - but with the right software extensions it becomes a far more powerful and useful package. Go to the Mac App Store and look for apps that include Photos project extensions, then download and install them to use them with Photos. This is very good news indeed. I like to work with Photos for Mac, but the current support for projects (books, calendars, slideshows) is somewhat limited and basic.

You can also choose from the apps listed in Edit Images Faster With Photo Extensions on the App Store.

Turn on extensions on your iOS device

After you install apps that include Photos extensions on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, turn the extensions on:

  1. Open the Photos app, then tap a photo.
  2. Tap Edit, and then tap .
  3. In the menu that appears, swipe to the left until you see the More button, and then tap it.
  4. You see your apps that include Photos extensions. You can turn them on or off, or drag them up or down to change their order. When you’re finished, tap Done.

Edit photos with extensions on your iOS device

  1. Open the Photos app, then tap a photo.
  2. Tap Edit, then tap .
  3. Select an app from the menu that appears.
  4. Edit the photo with the extension's tools.
  5. When you're satisfied with your edits, click Done. You can choose another extension to apply more 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.

Use third-party extensions on your Mac

Learn how to find apps with Photos extensions for your Mac, turn on the extensions, and then use them to edit photos.

Install Mac apps that allow editing or offer extensions

Photos for macOS makes finding third-party apps easy:

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  1. Double-click a photo in your library to open it in single view, then click Edit.
  2. Click , then choose App Store.

The Mac App Store opens to a selection of third-party photo editing apps that are compatible with Photos.

You can also choose from the apps listed in Extensions for Fast Photo Edits on the App Store.

Turn on extensions on your Mac

After you install apps that include Photos extensions on your Mac, turn the extensions on:

  1. Choose Apple () menu > System Preferences, then click Extensions.
  2. Click Photos Editing in the left sidebar. Your apps that include Photos extensions appear.
  3. Turn on the extensions that you want to use in Photos. You can also drag them up or down to adjust the order that they appear in Photos.

Edit photos with extensions on your Mac

  1. Double-click a photo in your library to open it in single view, then click Edit.
  2. Click .
  3. Choose an app from the menu that appears.
  4. Edit the photo with the extension's tools that appear.
  5. When you're satisfied with your edits, click Save Changes. You can choose another extension to apply more 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.

Edit photos within third-party apps on your Mac

With Photos for macOS High Sierra and later, you can send a photo to most third-party photo apps for editing, then save the changes right back into your library.

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  1. Control-click a photo and choose Edit With from the contextual menu. Then choose from the list of third-party editing apps on your Mac. You can also click a photo and then choose Image > Edit With in the menu bar.
  2. The photo opens in the third-party app that you chose. Make your edits, and then save.
    If the app saves photos in a non-standard format, look for an option to save as JPEG or another format that Photos supports.

Your edited photo appears automatically in Photos.

Learn more

  • When you edit a photo with third-party extensions or the built-in tools that Photos offers, you can always start over with the original photo. Open the photo in edit mode, then click Revert to Original on your Mac or tap Revert if you're using an iOS device.
  • If you use iCloud Photos, remember that it keeps your photos organized and up to date everywhere that you use the same Apple ID. So any edits that you make on one device appear on your other devices too.
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With third-party Project Extensions for Photos, you can add a variety of powerful tools for creating photo projects and ordering print products. To get started, make sure that your Mac is running macOS High Sierra 10.13 or later. Then download and install extensions from the Mac App Store.

After September 30, 2018, use Project Extensions to create projects and order products in Photos.

How to find and install Photos Project Extensions

  1. Open Photos.
  2. In the Photos menu bar, choose File > Create > [project type] > App Store. The Mac App Store opens and shows available Project Extensions.
  3. Click an extension to learn more, or click Get to download the extension.
  4. After the extension downloads, it becomes available as a Project Extension in Photos.

Convert existing projects

You can update or continue to work on your existing Photos projects by converting them using third-party extensions:

  1. In the Photos sidebar under Projects, select the project that you want to convert.
  2. In the Photos menu bar, choose File > Create > [project type], then choose the Project Extension that you want to use. The extension shows options for the project, then converts the project into its own format.
  3. Use the Project Extension's interface within Photos to edit your project and place your order for print products. Click Done in the upper-right corner of Photos when you're finished. The converted project appears in the sidebar along with your original project.

After you convert your projects, you can edit them further and place orders using the extension's interface within Photos.

Create new projects

To create a new Photos project using extensions, follow these steps:

  1. Select a Memory, Album, or group of photos that you want to use for your project.
  2. Choose File > Create > [project type], then choose a Project Extension.
  3. Use the extension's interface to create your project, edit it, and place an order.

You can add more photos to your project after it's created: drag the photos from the Photos view and drop them onto the project's name in the sidebar.

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Available Project Extensions

Motif
Motif is a new service that lets you create high-quality books, cards, and calendars. The extension identifies your best photos using machine learning, automatically creates your project in just a few clicks, and lets you customize each page to your liking. Get support for the Motif extension.

Mac Extensions List

Mimeo Photos
Access a tremendous variety of themes for creating books, cards, and calendars — including book themes that match the Apple themes you’ve used in the past. If you want complete creative freedom, this extension offers unlimited customization of every page in your project. Get support for the Mimeo Photos extension.

WhiteWall
Create gallery-quality framed prints using this extension. Quickly design the perfect gallery wall for your home with frames available in a wide variety of styles — from traditional to contemporary. Get support for the WhiteWall extension.

ifolor Photo Products
Available in Europe, ifolor offers great choices for framed prints, photo canvases, photo collages, custom iPhone cases, photo mugs, and more.

Mpix
In the United States, Mpix produces high-quality photo prints, frames, canvas wraps, cards, and much more. Creating the perfect photo gift is easy to do using this extension, and delivery is incredibly fast. Get support for the Mpix extension.

Fujifilm Prints & Gifts
Print your photos in a variety of standard sizes, make photo mugs, and even create canvases you can hang on your wall. Get support for the Fujifilm Prints & Gifts extension.

Wix Photo Albums
Quickly create digital photo albums and elegant photo websites that are hosted on Wix.com. Your albums can be added to over time and easily shared with friends, family, and social media. Get support for the Wix Photo Albums extension.


Project Extensions for Photos might not be available in all countries or regions.