Keywords are descriptive words—like family, vacation, or kids—that you can use to label and categorize your photos, regardless of which photo album they’re in.
The beauty of keywords in iPhoto is that they’re searchable. Want to comb through all the photos in your library to find every close-up taken of your children during summer vacation? Instead of browsing through multiple photo albums, just perform an iPhoto search for photos containing the keywords kids, vacation, close-up, and summer. You’ll have the results in seconds.
Keywords are also an integral part of iPhoto 4’s new smart albums feature, as described on the previous pages.
The Keywords feature, which was such an important part of iPhoto 2, has been stripped down a bit in iPhoto 4. The Keywords window shown in Figure 7-17 used to let you search for words found in your titles and captions as well as keywords. Since that function has been taken over by smart albums, the Keywords window is now all keywords, all the time.
Figure 7-17. The second photo here has been assigned four keywords. You can tell which ones—Nature, Sports, Outdoor, and Urban—because when you select the photo, the corresponding keywords appear highlighted in gray in the Keywords list.To remove all these keywords after assigning them to a photo, click Remove. To get rid of a specific keyword, click that word in the list first, and then click Remove. ...