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Sharpen Your Image Editing Skills With These Photo Editors for Mac

The best Mac photo editors give you everything you need to create, edit, organize, and share your images.

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The Mac does not want for handy and capable photo editors. From the free and surprisingly powerful Photos for MacOS to the 800-pound Photoshop gorilla, Mac users have a quite a few useful photographymore

The Mac does not want for handy and capable photo editors. From the free and surprisingly powerful Photos for MacOS to the 800-pound Photoshop gorilla, Mac users have a quite a few useful photography apps for editing images.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do professional photo editor tools include?
Professional-grade photo editors such as Photoshop, Pixelmator, or Affinity do a good job or working with major camera file formats including RAW. They let you create layers so you can build an image with separate images, shapes, text, or styles. They also include painting tools, a deep collection of effects, and color-correction tools.
Can I find a free Mac photo editor?
Before buying an app, two popular photos editors might include everything you need -- for free. Photos -- Apple's iPhoto replacement -- comes free with MacOS and offers a powerful set of editing tools for adjusting the look of your photos. It also does a great job of organizing images by date and location, and it uses facial and object recognition to tag images for faces, objects, and scenes. Google's browser-based Photos is also free and offers handy tools for fine-tuning the look of your image. It comes with unlimited cloud-based photo storage if you use Google's high-quality compression setting for images, and it lets you sort through photos by date, people, places, or things.
What to look for in a Mac photo editor?
Our recommended photo editors can all easily handle the basics, including the ability to crop, rotate, straighten, and tweak the brightness and color of an image. They also include color-adjustment presets, which lets you quickly change the look of an image with one click. A few photo editors assign cryptic names to their presets -- such as Google Photos' Palma or Ollie filters -- so experiment to see what effect a preset has an image. While many photo-editing apps let you adjust preset settings, a few allow you to create and save your own presets. Of course, if you want to really dig in, our photo editor picks also include a broad collection of image-editing tools for fine-tuning the look of your photos.

Best Mac photo editing apps

Apple Photos for MacOS

Apple Photos for MacOS

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For those still recovering from using iPhoto, its replacement, Photos, is worth a look. It provides a surprisingly solid collection of editing tools and stands out with its ability to organize images using facial, object, and scene recognition.

Pixelmator

Pixelmator

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For $29.99, Pixelmator includes painting tools, layers, effects, and color correction as well as basic photo editing capabilities. It's an affordable choice for image editing on a Mac.

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom

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The photography tools everything else gets compared to. For $9.99 a month, you can subscribe to Adobe's Photography bundle, which includes Photoshop and Lightroom. Between the two, you'll have just about everything you need to create, edit, organize, and share images.

Affinity Photo

Affinity Photo

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If you need a professional-grade photo editor but are on a budget, the highly regarded Affinity Photo offers a broad collection of sophisticated tools for $49.99. It lacks some of the polish of Adobe Photoshop but offers much of its editing horsepower.

Google Photos

Google Photos

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Google Photos offers helpful organization, useful editing tools, and cloud storage -- all for free. Unless you are a looking for industrial-strength features, it may have all you need in a photo service.