Get started with these great extensions
Affinity Photo (£39.99) is the darling of Mac photo editors at the moment. It comes with six extensions, each devoted to a different type of edit.
They include: monochrome and haze removal tools; Miniature, for making a scene look like a tiny model; Develop, which fixes various colour issues; Liquify, which enables you to move pixels around using various distortion effects; and Retouch, with which you can brush in changes selectively.
Similarly, the six apps in Macphun’s Creative Kit collection range from preset looks and manual colour controls in Intensify, to correcting blemishes or erasing entire features from photos in Snapheal. They are available individually (from £34.99), or at a discount in various packs.
DxO OpticsPro (£15.99) can also perform colour adjustment, exposure correction and haze removal. However, it’s the ability to remove distortion and other imperfections that result from physical properties of your lenses that makes it stand out. You may not even be aware of the severity of these things until you see the perspective lines of a landscape straightened out, but once you do, it becomes hard not to spot these defects in your images.
Are Photos’ colour tools falling short? Install an app that includes a more capable extension.