High Sierra Photos

I have been playing around a bit with the new and improved Photos app in the High Sierra Beta, Apple’s next operating system due out this fall. Photos is much the same with a few improvements. I just wanted to cover a couple of new things in the photo Editing area.

Photos Editing

The Editing area of Photos has a somewhat new look. The Adjust, Filters and Crop menus have been grouped together and moved to the top of the window:

All the other menu items are in that area as well including the Extensions menu:

Apple has added a “Curves” menu:

If you are wondering what “Curves” actually is, here is a somewhat technical definition:

Going beyond simple brightness and contrast adjustments, tone curves can allow you to quickly and easily color tone your images, remove color casts, and more, which is why it’s so important to gain an intuitive feel of them to have more complete control over your final product.

The best way to learn about “Curves” is to play with it editing a photo. You can always “Revert to Original” to reset the photo when you are finished. I tried “Auto Curves” on a few photos and it seemed to improve them a bit, YMMV.

If you look at the above “Curves” image you will see something called “Selective Color”. It contains the Hue, Saturation and Luminance settings. This new setting allows you to punch up your photos, so to speak.

By the way, the flowers in these images are some of my wife’s Watermelon Poppies. No, they don’t taste like Watermelon, they just look like it.


There are new and improved things in the High Sierra Photos app. I will cover those in another episode. Suffice it to say, Photos is becoming a fairly powerful photo editor for the rest of us. Especially with the ability to add other photo editing apps as Extensions.