Mac Photos 2: Organize, Edit and Share Photos On Your Mac
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Mac Photos 2: Organize, Edit and Share Photos On Your Mac

Manage your photo library using Apple's powerful yet easy-to-use Photos 2 app.
4.4 (325 ratings)
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Created by Gary Rosenzweig
Last updated 6/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Import their pictures from digital cameras or phones into the Photos library.
  • Understand how to use iCloud Photo Library to automatically sync their photos between all of their Apple devices.
  • Use albums and keywords to organize their photo library.
  • Edit their photos with color and light adjustments, filters, cropping, external editors and more.
  • Share photos online with iCloud, messages, social media sites and more.
  • Order prints, books, calendars and other items.
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  • You should have a basic familiarity with using Macintosh computers, such as the menu bar, drag-and-drop, web browsing, and so on.
  • It will be useful to have a set of existing digital photos to try out the techniques in this course as you learn them.

Mac Photos 2.0: Organize, Edit and Share Photos On Your Mac is a complete course with 40 videos and more than 3 hours of instruction that will teach you the ins-and-outs of the Mac Photos app. The app allows you to manage photo collections, both small and large. You can organize, edit and share the pictures you take with your digital camera or phone.

The course starts off looking at all of the ways you can import pictures into your library. You can bring them in directly from your camera, phone or SD card. You can also import image files from your hard drive. Then you will learn about iCloud Photo Library and how it can keep your devices in sync and allow you to take your entire photo library with you everywhere you bring your iPhone, iPad or Mac.

Then you'll see how you can organize your photos using albums or keywords. You can decide which Photos tools you wish to use to manage and find your photos. The app will help you with automatic face and object recognition, and by letting you search by date and location.

Photos also has a powerful set of image editing features. You can adjust color and light, crop and rotate, filter and retouch. You can also add third-party tools and even edit using external editors like Photoshop.

The course also goes into detail about different ways to share your photos, either online or physically with prints. You can send directly from Photos to your social networks and grab photos from your library directly from inside other apps.

This course is meant for typical Mac users. Photos is not a pro tool, but something that typical Mac users can work with to manage their photo collections. With only a basic understanding of how to use your Mac you can now learn how to manage hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of photos.

The version of Photos used in this course is 2.0, the version of Photos that comes with macOS Sierra.

Who is the target audience?
  • Typical Mac users with an interest in using the Photos app that comes with your Mac.
  • Mac users who want to learn how to organize their photos, edit and adjust them, and/or share the online.
  • Those familiar with the old iPhoto app and are looking to learn how the new Photos app works.
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Curriculum For This Course
40 Lectures
Importing Your Photos
5 Lectures 17:57

Get an overview of the course content.

Preview 01:39

Learn how to import photos from an iPhone, camera or SD card connected to your Mac.

Importing Photos From Your Camera

Find out how you can drag and drop picture files from other locations on your Mac to add them to Photos.

Preview 01:59

By using iCloud library, you no longer need to import photos from your other Apple device, nor sync photos to them. Photos will stay in sync between you devices automatically.

Using iCloud Photo Library

An older alternative to iCloud Photo Library lets you send photos you take with your iPhone to your Mac without needing to connect them.

Importing Photos With Photo Stream
Organizing Your Photos
11 Lectures 01:11:45

You can view your entire photo library with either the special All Photos album, or the Photos view. In Photos view your library is arranged by years, collections and moments.

Preview 05:03

You can create your own albums and place photos inside to organize your library. A photo only exists in your library once, but can appear in more than one album, like playlists in iTunes.

Organizing Your Photos With Albums

An example of how you can use albums to organize your photo library.

Example: Organizing With Albums

Each photo contains data such as the time it was taken, its location, a title, description, camera information and more. You can view and change some of this metadata. You can use the data in searches, or create Smart Albums that automatically update as you add more photos or change metadata.

Metadata and Smart Albums

You can apply one or more keywords to any photo to make it easier to find in searches or use in Smart Albums. You can organize your entire photo library by just adding good keywords and then finding photos by searching.

Tagging Photos With Keywords

An example of how you can use keywords to organize your photo library.

Example: Organizing With Keywords

You can use the Places feature in Photos to view a world map and find your photos by location. Albums and memories also include maps that show you individual or groups of photos.

Using Photo Location Information

The People feature lets Photos automatically find faces in your pictures and attempts to assign them to people you know. However, you have to work with Photos to show it which face matches which name.

Face Recognition and People Tagging

In addition to albums you create, Photos automatically created special albums to hold lists of all selfies, panoramas, live photos and more. Also learn how to select one or more pictures from am iPhone burst photo and how to view your recently deleted photos and rescue pictures you didn't mean to delete.

Special Albums, Bursts and Recently Deleted

You can use the favorites feature to indicate your favorite photos, or just as a temporary marker.

Marking Favorites

Photos can recognize objects in images. You can search for some objects and often find that Photos will identify the objects in the photos to give you results.

Searching For Objects in Photos
Editing and Adjusting Photos
11 Lectures 55:39

Learn the basics of editing and adjusting photos, including the Auto Enhance tools. Photos is a non-destructive editor, so you can always revert to the original photo.

Preview 07:29

You can rotate your photos by 90 degrees or a smaller amount to line up the horizon. You can also crop photos to any size you want, or use preset proportions.

Rotation and Cropping

Photos includes a small selection of preset filters that you can quickly and easily apply to your pictures.

Applying Filters

With the adjustments tools in Photos you can alter the light in color in nearly infinite combinations.

Basic Light and Color Adjustments

Learn how to add even more adjustment tools to the photo editor such as sharpen, definition, noise reduction, vignette, white balance and color levels. You can choose to keep these advanced tools in your default set.

Advanced Adjustments

By using the retouch tool you can remove blemishes from skin and other objects.

Retouch Tool

If the subjects in your photo have red-eye, a possible effect of using a flash, you can remove it easily with the red-eye removal tool.

Red-Eye Removal Tool

You can add third-party editing extensions to Photos by installing apps that include these extensions. You can find them in the Mac App Store. You enable them in System Preferences. Once added, they can be used to edit pictures in-place in Photos.

Adding Editing Extensions

You can draw, highlight and add text to photos using the Markup extension. This extension is included by Apple and works like the markup feature of Preview and Mail.

Using the Markup Extension

You can use the External Editors extension to open a photo in an external editing app like Photoshop. You can then make changes, save, and close the document. Then in Photos you will see the change applied to the photo. Some apps, like Acorn, also include their own extension for editing a photo in your library in the app.

Editing Photos In External Apps

Since your Photos library can also contain video clips taken with your camera or phone, you can view those clips inside of Photos and trim the video to make it shorter

Working With Video
Exporting and Sharing Photos
7 Lectures 41:51

Learn how you can export a photo from Photos by dragging and dropping or using the Export command. You can also bring photos from your library directly into apps like Pages by using the Open dialog box or special media browsers.

Exporting Photos As Files

You can send photos to others using Messages, email, Facebook, Twitter and a variety of other methods. You can also add more Sharing options.

Sharing Photos Online

You can share photos using iCloud by creating a shared album. You can invite other Photos users to view, add to and edit the album. They an also Like and add comments to photos. You can share albums publicly online for others to view without the others needing an iCloud account.

Sharing Photos With iCloud

You can create quick slideshows to view in the Photos app by selecting photos and using the Slideshow button. You can also create customizable slideshow projects that can be edited and exported.

Creating Slideshows

The special Memories feature of Photos automatically groups together photos by time and place so you can view them. You can also manually create Memories.

Viewing Memories

You can print photos directly from the Photos app if you have a home printer. You can also order prints from Apple.

Printing and Ordering Prints

You can create books, cards and calendar products right in the Photos app. You can print them out, save them as PDF files, or order the products to be shipped to you from Apple.

Ordering Books, Cards and Calendars
Advanced and Miscellaneous Topics
6 Lectures 24:09

Learn how you can use additional photo libraries to handle special projects. You can also link to external photo files instead of importing all photos in libraries.

Working With Multiple Libraries and External Photo Files

If the time stored with a photo is wrong, perhaps because you didn't set the clock on your camera correctly, you can adjust it. You can also shift the time for multiple photos.

Adjusting Photo Dates and Times

You can change the GPS location of a photo by specifying a location name or coordinates. You can use this to set the location of photos that have none.

Adjusting Photo Locations

iPhone Live Photos have a small piece of video attached to them. You can see these live photos in the Photos app, and you can also export the still photo and the video portion.

Exporting Live Photo Video

You can access your iCloud Photo Library with any modern desktop web browser by going to, logging into your account, and using the Photos web app. You can browse your photos and perform basic functions, but not editing and some other tasks.

Using the Photos Web App

Learn how to optimize your time in Photos by learning some keyboard and trackpad shortcuts, and other useful time-saving techniques.

Shortcuts and Other Useful Features
About the Instructor
Gary Rosenzweig
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Gary Rosenzweig is an Internet entrepreneur, software developer, and technology writer. He runs CleverMedia, Inc., which produces websites, computer games, apps, and podcasts.

CleverMedia’s largest site,, features more than 1,000 video tutorials for Apple enthusiasts. It includes many videos on using Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Gary has written more than 30 mass-market computer books, including the best-selling book My iPad, The MacMost Guide to Switching to the Mac, My Pages, ActionScript 3.0 Game Programming University, and Special Edition Using Director MX. He also has self-published titles such as 101 Mac Tips and The Practical Guide to Mac Security.

Gary has a computer science degree from Drexel University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.