How to Put a Filter on a Photo or Video on Mac (2022 Update)

Learn how to apply and remove filters to and from pictures and videos in the Photos app on your Mac.

If you’ve been wondering, “How do I add a filter to a photo on a Mac?” it’s actually quite easy. Let’s go over how to apply filters to pictures on your Mac, and how to remove the filter or revert back to the original photo or video.

Related: How to Compare Edited Photos & Videos to the Original on Mac

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Use filters to enhance light, color, and more in your photos and videos
  • Undo filter additions you don't like, or remove all filter effects and start over

How to Put a Filter on a Photo or Video on Mac

I really enjoy editing photos on my Mac instead of my iPhone because there’s so much more room to work in! Here's how to add a filter to a photo or video in the Photos app on your Mac, how to remove that filter, and how to restore your picture or video to its original state. 

  1. Open up your Photos app and double-click the photo you'd like to modify. 
  2. Click Edit in the top-right corner of the screen. 

    click edit
  3. Click Filters in the toolbar or press F while editing. 

    click filters or press F
  4. Click the Auto Enhance icon, and the Photos app will automatically filter your photo. 

    click auto enhance
  5. Click a filter.

    click a filter
  6. Click Edit in the top toolbar, then Undo to undo your last edit. 

    undo edit
  7. Click Revert to Original to remove all edits. 

    revert to original

You may also want to learn how to duplicate a photo or video on a Mac, so you can edit only the copy. 

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.