Take Control of Photos, 2nd Edition

Book description

Master Apple’s Photos app in macOS, iOS, and iPadOS!
Version 2.2, updated October 12, 2021

This book introduces you to the many features of Apple’s Photos app on Mac, iPad, and iPhone, with advice on navigating the interface, editing your images, searching your library like a pro, syncing with iCloud Photos, sharing photos with others, and creating photo books.

Get to know Apple’s Photos app and how best to use it to import, manage, edit, sync, and share your photos in macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15/iPadOS 15! As the successor to Apple’s iPhoto and Aperture apps, Photos has a more refined interface and deeper connections to iCloud, and it runs faster. Following the expert advice of Jason Snell, publisher of Six Colors and former lead editor at Macworld, you’ll learn how to navigate Photos like a pro!

In this book, you’ll learn how to:

  • Import photos from cameras, mobile devices, or memory cards
  • Use multiple Photos libraries
  • Navigate the Photos interface, including the sidebar and icons
  • View, edit, or disable Live Photos
  • Organize your library by using enhanced search features, adding metadata, building albums, and creating smart albums
  • Edit your photos using quick fixes like cropping, applying filters, and fixing red-eye and rotation problems
  • Use advanced editing techniques within Photos and edit using external apps like Photoshop
  • Manage your photo collection using the Memories and People features, and get summary views
  • Sync and share your photos with iCloud
  • View your photos on an Apple TV
  • Share your photos via social media, export them out of Photos, or turn them into slideshows
  • Create printed objects (such as books and calendars) from your photos using third-party services

Jason also covers new sharing and search options, an improved Memories feature (in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15; coming soon to Monterey), importing other Photos libraries, and more.

Table of contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
  2. Introduction
  3. Photos Quick Start
  4. What’s New in Photos
    1. Revamped Memories
    2. Sharing and Search Options
    3. Better Search Intelligence
    4. Import a Photos Library
  5. Import Your Files into Photos
    1. Import Files Directly
    2. Import via USB
    3. Manage Files Yourself on a Mac
  6. Manage Multiple Libraries on a Mac
    1. Add a New Library
    2. Switch Between Libraries
    3. Combine Your Photos Libraries
    4. Repair a Bad Library
    5. Understand the System Photo Library
    6. Use Photo Libraries on External Drives
    7. Back Up Your Photos
  7. Navigate the Photos Interface
    1. Browse Your Library Through Time
    2. Explore Beyond the Photos View
    3. Filter Your View
    4. Use the Info Window
    5. Identify Objects in Your Images
    6. Select Text in Images
    7. Hide Photos from View
    8. Delete Photos
    9. Interact With Live Photos
    10. Decorate Devices with Widgets
  8. Sync with iCloud Photos
    1. Set the System Photo Library on a Mac
    2. Start Syncing With iCloud Photos
  9. Use Search to Find Your Photos
    1. Embrace the Search Box
    2. Harness the Power of Categories
    3. Find Photos by Location
    4. Search in Spotlight and Siri
  10. Name and Search People
    1. Find All Photos for a Person
    2. Name and Merge People
  11. Relive Moments with Memories
    1. View, Share, and Edit Memories
  12. Manually Manage Your Photos
    1. Play Favorites
    2. Organize with Keywords on a Mac
    3. Make Albums in Photos
  13. Make Quick Photo Fixes
    1. Use Auto Enhance
    2. Rotate and Straighten Photos
    3. Give Your Photos a Filtered Look
    4. Fix Red Eye
  14. Make Edits to Your Files
    1. Learn to Adjust Your Photos
    2. Improve Photos with Adjustments
    3. Remove Blemishes and Dust on a Mac
    4. Copy and Paste Adjustments on a Mac
    5. Edit Live Photos
    6. Edit Portrait Mode Photos
    7. Edit a Video on an iPhone or iPad
    8. Edit Outside of Photos
  15. Share Your Stuff
    1. Transfer Your Stuff Directly
    2. Export and Resize Images
    3. Share via iCloud Link
    4. Share Using Shared Albums
    5. Share in a Family
    6. See Photos Shared by Others
  16. View Photos on Apple TV and Apple Watch
    1. Viewing Photos on the Apple Watch
    2. View Photos on Apple TV
  17. Make Slideshows in Photos
    1. Create a Slideshow on a Mac
    2. Make Slideshows in iOS or iPadOS
  18. Build Books and Calendars
    1. Design Books with Mimeo and Motif
    2. Make a Calendar
    3. Make Prints and Cards
  19. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author
    3. About the Publisher
  20. Copyright and Fine Print

Product information

  • Title: Take Control of Photos, 2nd Edition
  • Author(s): Jason Snell
  • Release date: October 2021
  • Publisher(s): Take Control Books
  • ISBN: 9781947282469