Get started with these great ex­ten­sions

Mac Format - - FEATURE -

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.

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