Mac Photos: 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.
Learn how to import photos from an iPhone, camera or SD card connected to your Mac.
Find out how you can drag and drop picture files from other locations on your Mac to add them to Photos.
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.
An older alternative to iCloud Photo Library lets you send photos you take with your iPhone to your Mac without needing to connect them.
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.
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.
An example of how you can use albums to organize your photo library.
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.
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.
An example of how you can use keywords to organize your photo library.
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.
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.
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.
You can use the favorites feature to indicate your favorite photos, or just as a temporary marker.
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.
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.
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.
Photos includes a small selection of preset filters that you can quickly and easily apply to your pictures.
With the adjustments tools in Photos you can alter the light in color in nearly infinite combinations.
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.
By using the retouch tool you can remove blemishes from skin and other objects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
You can send photos to others using Messages, email, Facebook, Twitter and a variety of other methods. You can also add more Sharing options.
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.
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.
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.
You can print photos directly from the Photos app if you have a home printer. You can also order prints from Apple.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can access your iCloud Photo Library with any modern desktop web browser by going to iCloud.com, 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.
Learn how to optimize your time in Photos by learning some keyboard and trackpad shortcuts, and other useful time-saving techniques.
Gary Rosenzweig is an Internet entrepreneur, software developer, and technology writer. He runs CleverMedia, Inc., which produces websites, computer games, apps, and podcasts.
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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.