How to Download and Install More Effects for Photo Booth on Your Mac
If you love taking selfies and videos with your Mac's built-in Photo Booth app, you might be wondering how to get more effects to spice up your shots. Photo Booth comes with 24 effects by default, but you can actually add more than 90 new ones for free if you know where to look.
In this article, we'll show you how to download and install two collections of effects for Photo Booth on your Mac: CatEye and More iChat Effects. These effects will let you transform your photos and videos with retro graphics, fun distortions, colorful filters, and more.
Download CatEye Effects for Photo Booth
CatEye is a free collection of video and photo effects created by b-l-a-c-k-o-p. It consists of five sets of effects that include tiling, 1980s graphics, and an entire set that let you look like you're on a retro TV. CatEye effects were created in 2008, but they have been updated as recently as 2020.
To install the CatEye effects, follow these steps:
Go to the CatEye website and click on the Free Download or download here links.
On the page that appears, click the BLKOPCAT9_esd.dmg link, and on the next page hit Download CatEye. Click Allow if your browser asks permission to download the file.
Make sure Photo Booth is closed on your Mac and head to your Downloads folder to open the BLKOPCAT9_esd.dmg file there. A folder will open containing several PKG files that each contain one set of effects.
Double-click on one PKG file at a time. Each time, an installer window will appear. Follow the instructions within the installer to download and integrate the set of effects, making sure to select your hard drive as the installation location.
When the installation is complete, you'll get a prompt asking if you want to move the installer to the Trash. Click on the Keep button until you've installed the last set, as otherwise the BLKOPCAT9_esd folder will close and you'll have to pull it out of the Trash to download the other sets.
Once you've installed each set, open Photo Booth and click on the Effects button. Normally in Photo Booth, you'll see three pages of built-in effects. After your CatEye installation, you should now see five more pages of them!
Click on the right arrow icon or click on the later pages to scroll through all of your new effects. You'll see previews of each as you scroll, but if you want a picture or video with a particular effect, just click on it, and then hit the red Photo or Record Video button.
Download More iChat Effects for Photo Booth
More iChat Effects is another free collection of effects for Photo Booth by Mac Poupou Factory. It offers 56 effects that include filters, backgrounds, distortions, and frames. More iChat Effects were created in 2010, but they still work on newer versions of macOS.
To download and use these effects, follow these steps:
Go to the Mac Poupou downloads page and click on the More iChat Effects 2.0.5 (Top) link.
If asked for permission to download the file by your browser, click Allow.
Make sure Photo Booth is closed on your Mac, and then go to your Downloads folder to find and click on a file called MoreIchatEffects.pkg to open it.