Using Affinity Photo with Apple Photos

Affinity Photo's features can be accessed from Apple Photos to edit library items.

Available extensions

The Affinity Liquify, Miniature, Monochrome, Haze Removal, Develop and Retouch extensions can be applied to an image without leaving Apple Photos.

Alternatively, you can send an image to Affinity Photo to use the app’s full toolset, and then save the result back to your Apple Photos library.

Affinity Haze extension for Apple Photos

Affinity Photo's extensions are available from Apple Photos' Extensions button. Click Manage if they are not listed here.

When not to use the extensions

Complex edits involving advanced features, such as layers, masks and live filters, for which you require multiple editing sessions are best conducted by exporting to an external file, loading that file into Affinity Photo, saving your work in the.afphoto format.

When editing is complete, export the final version for publication or (optionally) for importing into your Apple Photos library.

To enable Affinity Photo extensions for Apple Photos:
  1. Open System Preferences and click Extensions.
  2. Select Photos Editing.
  3. Put a tick next to the Affinity Photo extensions you want to use.
To edit an Apple Photos library item using an effect-specific Affinity Photo extension:
  1. Click Edit on Apple Photos’ toolbar.
  2. Click the Extensions button—an ellipsis in a circle—on the toolbar.
  3. Select one of the above Affinity extensions.
  4. Use the tools that appear in the dialog to edit the photo.
  5. Click Save Changes.
  6. Click Done.

Affinity Haze extension for Apple Photos

The effect-specific extensions provide many of the same tools as their equivalent tools in Affinity Photo itself, often with a simplified interface.
To edit an item from Apple Photos using Affinity Photo’s full toolset:
  1. Click Edit on Apple Photos’ toolbar.
  2. Click the Extensions button—an ellipsis in a circle—on the toolbar.
  3. Select Edit in Affinity Photo.
  4. Edit the image using Affinity Photo's full toolset.
  5. Select File > Save.
  6. Select File > Close.
  7. In Apple Photos, click Save Changes.
To export an item from Apple Photos to an external file

SEE ALSO: