How to apply levels adjustments to a photo in Photos on Mac


Apple computers come with the built-in photo editor that is integrated with the Photos app or library. With this editor, you may adjust the levels in a photo to control the tonal range and contrast of the photo. Moreover, you may adjust settings for the black point, shadows, mid-tones, highlights and white point. Besides that, you may modify the look of specific colors like red, green and blue. If you are wondering how to make level adjustments to a photo on your Mac, here is a short user guide that will help you to do that.

You may easily make level adjustments to your photo, follow these steps:

  • Open Photos app on your Mac, double-click a photo and then click the “Edit” button in the toolbar.
  • In the toolbar, click “Adjust” and then click the disclosure triangle next to Levels in the Adjust pane.
  • Now, do any of the following:




  • To automatically correct the levels of a photo: Click the pop-up menu below Levels, select Luminance, RGB or the color you want to change and then select “Auto.”
  • To manually adjust levels: Drag the handles of the histogram to make the adjustments as per your wish. Option-drag a handle to move both the top and bottom handles together.
  • If you want to adjust Black point, adjust the point at which black areas become completely black.
  • If you want to adjust white point, adjust the point at which white areas are completely white.
  • For adding shadows, adjusts the lightness or darkness of shadows to reveal the details you want.
  • For highlights, adjust the highlights to the brightness you want.
  • To set Mid-tones, set the lightness or darkness of mid-tone areas of the photo.
  • To change the color cast of a specific color in a photo, you need to click the pop-up menu below Levels and then select the color you want to change. Now, drag the handles to adjust the brightness or darkness of that color in the photo.
  • To change the histogram to display Luminance values, you need to click the pop-up menu under the Levels icon and then select “Luminance. “

This is how you may make level adjustments to a photo using Photos app on your Mac.

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