How to Edit Photos on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Editing photos on Mac is a breeze thanks to the built-in Photos app. Whether you’re a professional photographer or just someone who enjoys capturing precious moments, this tutorial will guide you through the process of editing your photos on a Mac. Grab your favorite image and let’s get started!

Step 1: Launch the Photos App

First things first, open the Photos app on your Mac. You can find it in your Applications folder or simply search for it using Spotlight.

Step 2: Select and Import Your Photo

Once you have the Photos app open, select the photo you want to edit from your library. You can browse through your albums or use the search bar to locate it. If you haven’t imported the photo yet, click on the “Import” button and choose the image from its location.

Step 3: Enhance Your Photo

If you want to quickly enhance your photo with just one click, look for the “Enhance” button at the top of the screen. This feature automatically adjusts exposure, color balance, and other settings to make your photo look better.

Adjusting Exposure and Contrast

If you’re not satisfied with the automatic enhancement or want to have more control over your adjustments, click on “Edit” in the top right corner of the window. This will open up a range of editing options.

To adjust exposure, move the “Light” slider left or right to increase or decrease brightness in your photo. If needed, use “Contrast” slider to adjust overall contrast between light and dark areas.

Tweaking Colors

To fine-tune colors in your photo, head over to “Color” adjustments. Here, you can adjust saturation, contrast, and cast to make your image more vibrant. Play around with these sliders until you achieve the desired look.

Cropping and Rotating

If you want to crop or straighten your photo, click on the “Crop” button located at the top right corner. A cropping tool will appear, allowing you to adjust the frame by dragging its corners. You can also rotate your photo by using the rotate buttons next to the cropping tool.

Step 4: Applying Filters

If you’re looking to add a creative touch to your photo, explore the available filters in Photos. Click on “Filters” at the top of the screen and choose from various options like Vivid, Dramatic, or Vintage. Simply click on a filter to apply it instantly.

Step 5: Making Local Adjustments

For more precise edits in specific areas of your photo, click on “Adjust” at the top right corner of the window and select “Retouch” or “Markup”. Retouch allows you to remove small imperfections or unwanted objects by simply brushing over them. Markup provides tools for drawing shapes, adding text, or highlighting specific areas.

Step 6: Saving Your Edited Photo

Once you’re satisfied with your edits, click on “Done” in the top right corner of the window. Your edited photo will be saved automatically and added to your library.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully edited a photo on Mac using the Photos app.

Feel free to experiment with different editing tools and techniques to unleash your creativity. Happy editing!

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