Photos for OS X is still new (currently at version 1.2), so it’s fair to expect that the application doesn’t offer the same image editing capabilities as something like Adobe Photoshop, Pixelmator, or Acorn. It turns out that Apple is not only avoiding competition with those and other apps, it is actively enlisting their help.

As I wrote in my review of Photos for OS X, I think its editing features are surprisingly sophisticated; for example, it smartly adjusts each component that affects light to balance the exposure. But although Photos offers many editing options that are not immediately obvious, its palette is still limited.

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