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Use third-party editors in Photos

Edit your photos with Halftone 2 without ever leaving the Photos app in iOS 8

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Editing photos in iOS 8 just got a major update thanks to the new Extensions offered by Apple and accessible third-party apps. These new tools give developers the opportunity to add functionality to other apps, and for Photos this means a range of new editing tools built right into the Photos interface.

Currently, only a small number of editing apps offer this extension capability, but those with the functionality offer plenty of power over your images. Here, we’ll be using Halftone 2, an app that adds comic-book- style effects to your shots, as well as suggesting a few other apps with extensions you might want to try. You won’t have to jump between apps – simply activate the add-on in the Photos app and you’re ready to go.

Step 1

1 Choose Edit

First, choose an image you want to alter from the Photos app and tap the Edit button in the top-right of the screen to open up the dedicated editing menu screen.

Step 2

2 Push the button

You can add editing options here if you like, but for now tap the new ‘…’ button below those options and tap the More button to add third- party apps to your editing arsenal.

Step 3

3 Switch it on

You’ll see a pop-up screen with a list of all the apps that can be used with Photos. Turn on the ones you want to use, then tap the Done button in the top-right.

Step 4

4 Choose the app

Now the same menu will appear, but this time it will contain all of your chosen apps. Choose the app you want – in this case we’re going to choose Halftone 2 from the list.

Step 5

5 Use the controls

A new editing screen will slide up, showing the app you’re using at the top of the screen. Use the third-party app’s controls at the bottom of the screen to make adjustments.

Step 6

6 Save and exit

When you’re finished, tap the Done button in the top-right to close this editing screen and be returned to Photos’ own editing options, or tap cancel to remove your edit.

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