Make basic adjustments to photos

  1. In the Photos app  on your Mac, double-click a photo, then click Edit in the toolbar.
  2. Click Adjust in the toolbar.
  3. Do any of the following:Click the disclosure triangle next to Light, Color, or Black & White, then drag the slider until you are satisfied with the look of the photo. Or, to have Photos automatically correct the photo, click Auto.

Tip: To discard your changes and revert to the original settings for a specific adjustment, double-click its slider. When you make an adjustment, a blue checkmark appears next to the adjustment’s name to indicate a change was made. You can select or deselect the checkmark to turn the adjustment on or off temporarily and see how it affects the photo.

Make fine light adjustments

You can further fine-tune the adjustments you make to the light settings of a photo.

  1. In the Photos app  on your Mac, double-click a photo, then click Edit in the toolbar.
  2. Click Adjust in the toolbar, click the disclosure triangle next to Light, then click the disclosure triangle next to Options.
  3. Drag any of the sliders to change the photo’s look:

Brilliance: Applies region-specific adjustments to brighten dark areas, pull in highlights, and add contrast to reveal hidden detail and make your photo look richer and more vibrant. The adjustment is color neutral (no saturation is applied), but there may be a perceived change in color because brighter images with more contrast appear more vibrant.
Exposure: Adjusts the tones of the entire image.Highlights: Adjusts the highlight detail.
Shadows: Adjusts the detail that appears in shadows.
Brightness: Adjusts the brightness of the photo.
Contrast: Adjusts the contrast of the photo.
Black Point: Sets the point at which the darkest parts of the image become completely black without any detail. Setting the black point can improve the contrast in a washed-out image.

Tip: Position the pointer over a slider and hold down Option to extend the slider’s range of values.

Make fine color adjustments

You can fine-tune the adjustments you make to the saturation, color contrast, and color cast settings of a photo.

  1. In the Photos app  on your Mac, double-click a photo, then click Edit in the toolbar.
  2. Click Adjust in the toolbar, click the disclosure triangle next to Color, then click the disclosure triangle next to Options.
  3. Drag any of the sliders to change the photo’s look:

Saturation: Adjusts the photo’s overall color intensity.
Contrast: Adjusts the color contrast and separation between similar colors in the photo.
Cast: Adjusts and corrects for color cast in the photo.

Tip: Position the pointer over a slider and hold down Option to extend the slider’s range of values.

Make fine black and white adjustments

You can fine-tune the intensity of tones and gray areas, and change a photo’s grain.

  1. In the Photos app  on your Mac, double-click a photo, then click Edit in the toolbar.
  2. Click Adjust in the toolbar, click the disclosure triangle next to Black & White, then click the disclosure triangle next to Options.
  3. Drag any of the sliders to change the photo’s look:

Intensity: Increases or decreases the intensity of the tones of the photo.
Neutrals: Lightens or darkens the gray areas of the photo.
Tone: Adjusts the photo for a more high-contrast or low-contrast look.
Grain: Adjusts the amount of film grain that appears in the photo.


Apple Inc. (October 2018). Adjust a photo’s light, exposure, and more in Photos on Mac. Retrieved from https://support.apple.com/guide/photos/adjust-a-photos-light-exposure-and-more-pht806aea6a6/mac. 

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