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Filters for Photos: new free app and extension for Photos for Mac

Example images from Macphun's Filters for Photos

Today Macphun released Filters for Photos, a free app and extension for Photos for Mac. Whether you use it as a standalone app or as an extension inside Apple's Photos app, you get 30 impressive one-click filters for your images. How can they give it away for free? Well, you get 15 filters without registering with Macphun, but if you sign up for their newsletter you get an additional 15 filters. Very clever — and everyone wins!

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How to rediscover music using iTunes Genius Playlists

For most creatives, music is inextricably intertwined with the creative process. Before we sit down to hammer out a project, many of us pick a playlist that (we hope) will inspire or, at the very least, keep us awake. Steve Jobs, in delivering keynotes on iTunes and the iPod, called music “the soundtrack of our lives” and trumpeted iTunes’ Genius Playlists as a shockingly easy way to discover (or rediscover) music in our collections—after all, many of us own more music than we remember to listen to.

How to access advanced OpenType features in a variety of apps

Fancy typography doesn’t require expensive software. Thanks to the OpenType font format, the newest versions of everyday software (and the pro stuff) can tap into a multitude of alternate character designs if you know where to look. In this column, you’ll learn to use a variety of applications to add a special flourish to an important letter in a word—say, the first or last letter of a name—or to change the appearance of any amount of text. It’s a wonderful way to enliven an invitation, greeting card, inspirational graphic, logo, headlines, stationery, resume, and so on...

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