Photos on OS X includes eight photo filters as standard to jazz up images with some creative and nostalgic effects. Macphun is today releasing a free Photos Extension app that adds an additional 30 photo filters. It’s a really simple app that can be launched standalone or as an extension natively integrated in the Photos app Edit panels.

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By default, the Macphun extension gives 15 free filters. Sign up to the email newsletter to unlock an additional 15. All the effects can be applied with one click, with a variety of sketch, analog and vintage filters. Although other filter apps for the Mac exist, the elegance of the Macphun app is that it is an Extension, so you can access the editing tools directly within Apple’s Photos app.

The app includes a masking brush to selectively apply the filter to just a portion of the overall image. The filters also feature sliders so you can customize the intensity of the effect on a per-image basis.

The initial set of 15 includes ‘Aged, ‘Ancient Canvas’, ‘Derby’, ‘Red Stroke’ and ‘Twilight’. Each filter is visually distinct, offering a different artistic influence on the original photo. You can see some examples in the gallery:

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It’s a cute little piece of software, with realtime updates of changes and various sharing options including integration with other Macphun software. Hard to argue with something that is completely free.

Download Filters for Photos for free from the Macphun website.

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