How to Manage Photos on Mac

This emindsca will show you how to manage your photos on a Mac. It’s critical to keep your photos organised on your Mac if you have a large number of them. Using the Photos app on Mac, you can easily organise your photos into different albums and folders. You can even use Smart Albums to automatically organise your photos.

Method 1 Creating a New Photo Album

1. Launch Photos. It’s the app with the icon of a rainbow-colored flower. It’s usually found in the Applications folder or on your Mac’s dock at the bottom of the screen.

2. Hold your mouse over My Albums to get more information. It’s in the “Albums” section on the left-hand side of the page. A button will appear to the right.

3. Click. When the small circular button with a plus sign “+” appears to the right of “My Albums” in the sidebar, click it. There will be a small drop-down menu.

4. Select Album. It is the first choice in the drop-down menu. This creates a new album, which should appear immediately. If you don’t see the newly created album, click the triangular arrow next to “My Albums” to see a list of all your photo albums.

You can also create a new album by clicking File in the menu bar at the top of the screen and selecting New Album.

5. Change the album’s name. By default, when you create a new album, it will be called Untitled Album. Click the album’s name to highlight it in blue, then type a new title for your album.

Method 2 Adding Photos to an Album

1. Select Photos. It’s at the top of the “Library” section in the left-hand column. This will display all of your computer’s photos.

You can also change the order of your photos on the page by clicking the Photos, Moments, Collections, or Years tabs at the top.

2. Select the photos you want to put in your album. Press and hold they ⌘ Command key on your Mac and click all the photos you want to select.

You can click a photo that you’ve already selected to unselect it while still holding the ⌘ Command key.

3. Drag the photos you’ve chosen into the album you’ve made. After you’ve selected all of the photos you want to add to an album, click and hold on one of them and drag it to the album in the left-side column of the sidebar you just created. When you hover your mouse over the album, a green circular icon with a plus sign “+” in it will appear. Then, with the mouse button released, drag the photos into the album.

Method 3 Organizing Albums in Folders

1. Hold your mouse over My Albums to get more information. It’s in the “Albums” section on the left-hand side of the page. A button will appear to the right.

2. Click. When the small circular button with a plus sign “+” appears to the right of “My Albums” in the sidebar, click it. There will be a small drop-down menu.

3. Select Folder. It is the final option in the drop-down menu.

You can also create a new folder by clicking File in the menu bar at the top of the screen and selecting New Folder.

4. Change the name of the folder. The folder will be named “Untitled Folder” by default, but you can change the name by clicking the folder’s name and typing a new title.

5. Add albums to the folder by dragging them in. If you have a large number of albums, you can organise them by organising them into folders. For instance, if you have a lot of albums of family gatherings, you could put them all in a folder called “Family.”

If the albums aren’t visible in the left-side column, click the triangular arrow next to “My Albums” to see a list of all your photo albums. Then drag them into the newly created folder.

Method 4 Using Smart Albums

1. Hold your mouse over My Albums to get more information. It’s in the “Albums” section on the left-hand side of the page. A button will appear to the right.

2. Click. When the small circular button with a plus sign “+” appears to the right of “My Albums” in the sidebar, click it.

3. Select Smart Album. It’s the second choice from the drop-down menu. From the top of the Photos app window, a drop-down menu will appear, allowing you to name the smart album and set some parameters for creating albums automatically.

4. Rename the intelligent album. The album will be titled Untitled Smart Album by default. Enter a new name in the textbox at the top of the window by clicking the name.

5. Choose the first conditional option. Select a condition from the first drop-down menu on the left, such as title, text, person, date, keyword, album, lens type, camera model, and more. Consider these conditions to be album rules; any photos or videos that meet these requirements will be automatically added to the album.

For example, if you wanted to create a Christmas smart album that automatically included all of the photos taken in December of the previous year, your first option in the drop-down menu could be “Date Captured.”

6. Choose the other conditions. The next two drop-down menus are affected by what you chose in the first drop-down menu. For example, if you choose “Person” from the first drop-down menu, the second drop-down menu will include conditions such as “includes”, “does not include”, “is”, and so on, while the third drop-down menu will display a list of people who have been tagged in your photos.

In our Christmas album example, if you select “Date Captured” as the first option, then select “is in the range” as the second option, and then set the dates of “12/1/2017” to “12/31/2017” as the third option.

7. To add more conditions, click here. Click the plus sign “+” button on the right side of your conditional to add additional rules to further refine which pictures will be added to your album.

Where it says ” items matched” in the bottom-left corner of the Smart Album window, you can see how many photos your rules apply to. This is the number of photos that will be in the album once it has been created.

8. Click the OK button. It’s the blue button in the Smart Album window’s bottom-right corner. This will create the album and add pictures and videos based on the parameters you specify.

The album will appear in the left-hand column of your album list under “My Albums.” It will have a gear icon next to it to indicate that it is a Smart Album.

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