In 2014 Apple released the new Photos app for Mac OS X, becoming the default photo application to ship with every Mac and replace iPhoto. The new Photos app has left some people missing the old iPhoto while others have fully embraced the updated and faster app. The feedback that I often get from people using Photos is that they miss iPhoto’s editing features. What they may not realize is that Photos retains all of the old iPhoto editing features while adding many more.
Hide and seek
When it comes to photo editing everyone is a little different. Some jump at the chance to tweak and improve photos they’ve taken while others couldn’t be bothered. Because of this reality Apple has chosen to display only the most basic editing functions by default (Light and Colour sliders). What many people don’t realize is there’s a wealth of editing tools hidden in plain sight for anyone interested.
Hover your cursor over the light slider and notice the downward pointing arrow that appears. Click to reveal 6 more sliders giving you finite control over the light. Likewise clicking in the arrow next to Colour reveals more sliders.
Click on the word “Add” at the top to reveal even more editing tools. Click to add them to your palette. Sharpness control, definition, noise reduction and even advanced tools like levels are available here. Once you have all of the tools that you want, click “Add” again and then “Save as Default”. Next time you click edit on a photo, your chosen tools will be ready to go.
Bonus Tip: Hold down the letter “M” on your keyboard to see the original photo before your edits.