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Photos: A Take Control Crash Course

Book Description

Take control of your photo collection in Photos for macOS Sierra and iOS 10!

Make the most of Apple's Photos app in macOS Sierra and iOS 10, and on an Apple TV! This book by Jason Snell, publisher of Six Colors and former lead editor at Macworld, explains Photos' new machine-learning features, like Categories and Memories. It also teaches you how to extend your Photos experience across all your Apple devices--take a photo on your iPhone, put it in an album on your iPad, edit it on your Mac's large screen, and show it off via your Apple TV!

Jason walks you through the Photos interface and describes how you can organize your images, both with Apple's automatic albums, categories, and Memories, and with your own keywords, albums, and smart albums.

You'll learn how to make standard edits like cropping and removing red-eye along with more sophisticated improvements via the powerful Adjustments panel. If you want to go further, Jason explains how how to add third-party editing extensions. For those who are feeling crafty, there's a chapter about using Photos to create your own books, cards, and calendars.

The book also provides invaluable advice on using iCloud Photo Library, sharing your photos via social media, and working with or merging multiple libraries.

For those new to Photos, Jason covers what to expect from Photos in comparison to Apple's older iPhoto and Aperture apps, and he guides you through importing your existing libraries.

Jason answers a bunch of burning questions, including:

  • What should I expect from Photos when I first start up in Sierra?
  • How do I use the new Places album?
  • What can I do with the new Categories feature?
  • How do keywords and Categories interact?
  • How can I customize a Memory video?
  • How do I match people to faces?
  • What if I want to remove a photo from a Memory?
  • What's important about the System Photo Library?
  • If I delete a photo while running iCloud Photo Library, how deleted is it?

You'll find directions for editing photos, including help with:

  • Using basic editing controls, like rotation and crop
  • Taking advantage of the blue checkmarks on the Adjustments pane
  • The utility of each of the special adjustment controls
  • Creating a default set of adjustments
  • Applying a specific set of adjustments to more than one photo
  • Removing a blemish from a face in a photo
  • Editing a raw file (instead of the JPEG)
  • Using a third-party photo-editing extension

The book also provides advice about:

  • Why the search field is so important in Photos
  • Sorting your albums and sorting photos within albums
  • Applying location information (geotags)
  • Working with keywords, and using the heart-icon Favorite button
  • Setting up albums and smart albums
  • Sharing an album online via iCloud Photo Sharing
  • Configuring the Ken Burns effect in a slideshow
  • Exporting a slideshow as a video file
  • Using Apple's print service for printing photos
  • Editing a photo while working in a book, card, or calendar

Table of Contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Formats and Updates
    2. What’s New in This Book
  2. Introduction
  3. Photos Quick Start
    1. Find What’s New
    2. Import and Manage Photos
    3. Find Your Bearings
    4. Get Organized
    5. Perfect Your Photos
    6. Explore Your Collection
    7. Connect with Other Devices
    8. Show Off Your Photos
  4. What’s New in Photos
    1. Machine Learning
    2. Memories
    3. Photos on a Map
  5. Photos vs. iPhoto and Aperture
    1. Coming from iPhoto
  6. Import from iPhoto into Photos
    1. First Time’s the Charm
    2. Behind the Scenes
    3. Making the Move
  7. Import Your Files into Photos
    1. Decide on a Workflow
    2. Importing from a Camera
    3. Importing from Disk
    4. Importing to iOS
    5. Raw vs. JPEG
  8. Use Multiple Photos Libraries
    1. Adding a New Library
    2. Switching Libraries
    3. The System Photo Library
    4. Which Library Is Which?
    5. Repairing a Bad Library
  9. Navigate the Photos Interface
    1. Button Bar vs. Sidebar
    2. The Photos Pane
    3. Live Photos
    4. Navigate Photos for iOS
  10. Add Info about Your Photos
    1. Play Favorites
    2. Organize with Keywords
    3. Hiding Photos
    4. Deleting Photos
  11. Add Names to People
    1. Find All Photos for a Face
    2. See Faces in iOS
  12. Use Search to Find Your Photos
    1. The Search Box Is Your Pal
    2. The Power of Categories
    3. Find Photos by Location
  13. Use Memories to Unearth Old Photos
    1. What’s In a Memory?
    2. Edit a Memory Video
  14. Make Albums in Photos
    1. Find Your Albums
    2. Make a New Album
    3. Add Photos to an Album
    4. Organize Your Albums
    5. Albums in Photos for iOS
  15. Define Smart Albums in Photos
    1. Create a New Smart Album
    2. Use the Info Window
    3. And Now, The Bad News
  16. Sync with iCloud Using Photos
    1. Set a System Photo Library
    2. Turn On iCloud Syncing
    3. iCloud Photo Library in iOS
    4. iCloud Photos on the Apple TV
  17. Process Your Photos
    1. Auto Enhance
    2. Rotate
    3. Crop
    4. Add Filters
    5. Fix Red Eye
    6. Processing Photos in iOS
  18. Edit Your Photos
    1. Adjust Your Photos
    2. Copy and Paste Adjustments
    3. Retouch Your Photos
    4. Edit with Extensions
  19. Share Your Photos
    1. Photo Sharing Methods
    2. Sharing Multiple Photos
    3. Exporting and Resizing Images
    4. Sharing Using iCloud
    5. Sharing from iOS
  20. View Photos on an Apple TV
    1. Scroll Through Photos
  21. Make Slideshows in Photos
    1. Create a Slideshow
    2. Play in Photos
    3. Save a Slideshow as a Video
    4. Make Slideshows in iOS
  22. Make Books, Calendars, and Cards
    1. Create a New Project
    2. Make Format Choices
    3. Use the Layout View
    4. Explore Layout Options
  23. Make Photographic Prints
    1. Order from Apple
    2. Print Photos Yourself
  24. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. Registering Your Ebook
  25. About the Author
  26. About the Publisher
  27. Copyright and Fine Print