Photos in Yosemite — Let’s Take a Look

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 11.37.32 AMIt’s here! Photos has replaced iPhoto on your laptop. It works much like Photos on an iPhone or iPad, so it makes it easy to go between devices. Here are some features of Photos that will help with the transition. Note the new icon, which is quite similar to the Self-Service icon.

 

    • Migrate from iPhoto to Photos
    • Enable the Sidebar! View>>Show Sidebar Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 9.05.10 PM
    • Set up iCloud storage to access your photos all all your devices.
    • Three ways to view your photos: Years, Collections, MomentsClick on Photos in the sidebar to see the photos organized by date range.
        • Years groups the photos by years, rather obviously.
        • Collections are photos from a week or two. Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 4.41.46 PM
        • Moments are photos from a particular day. Moments has a slider to let you resize the view of the photos.
        • Events from iPhoto is no longer an option, but your Events are now in an album folder called iPhoto Events.
      • Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 11.52.44 AMUse the arrows in the upper left-hand corner to move between these views.
    • Editing is similar to editing photos on iPhones and iPads.  Double click on a photo to make it large.
      • The edit button is in the upper RH corner.
      • Enhance: A one-click fix. If you don’t like it, click Revert to Original.
      • Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 4.16.59 PMRotate: Command R also rotates 90˚.
      • Crop: The dial on the right will let you level the picture; grab corners to crop.
      • Filters: Shows previews of different filters.
      • Adjust: 3 adjustments by default: Light, Color (Saturation), Black and White
        • Click Add for more advanced adjustments.
      • Retouch: Use to remove spots or blemishes.
      • Red-eye: Red-eye will be a choice only if there is a red-eye problem.
        • Use the slider to adjust the size of the correction.
        • Click the eye to place a black dot over the red-eye. Be careful! You can always revert to the original.
    • Organize your photos with albums – Several ways to accomplish this
      • Method 1 – Create the album first
        • Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 5.09.21 PM
        • Name the album
        • Select All Items, Favorites, or Selected click Add.
      • Method 2 – Select the photos first
        • Select the photos you want to put in an album.
        • Click the + in the upper right hand corner of the window or in the Moment or Collection. If you are combining photos from different Moments or Collections, you must use the + at the top of the window.
        • Create a new album and name it, or add photos to an album you choose from the drop down box.
      • A new album appear in the sidebar.
        • You can create folders and move albums up and down.
        • Click on the word Album to see a grid display of your albums.
        • To delete an album, Control click on the album name in the sidebar and select Delete. It deletes the album, but not the photos from the photo library.
        • Similarly, if you delete a photo from within an album, it only deletes it from Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 4.51.01 PMthe album, not the photo library.
      • Use folders to group albums and reduce clutter.
      • Smart Albums help with organization, too. Here is information about Smart Albums from imore.com.
    • Sharing 
      • Click the Share icon in the upper right hand corner.Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 4.45.53 PM
      • …More takes you to System Preferences where you can choose where to share.
    • Instant Slideshow – Couldn’t be easier!Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 9.55.11 PM
      • Works for Collections, Moments, and Albums.
      • In Collections and Moments, just place your cursor in the area of the photos you want in the slideshow. Click the Play button that appears.
      • If you want to select photos from different Moments or Collections, put them in an album first and then play the slideshow using the Play button on the top toolbar.
      • Choose from seven different themes, each with different music.
      • You can also choose your own music from your iTunes (if it’s free to use based on copyright).
      • This slideshow is quick and easy, but you can’t edit it or save it.
  • Slideshow Projects

    • Click the + in the upper right hand corner and select Slideshow.Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 5.04.10 PM
    • A Projects section will now appear below your albums on the sidebar.
    • Name your slideshow.
    • Select All Items, Favorites, or Selected and click Add.
    • Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 5.02.23 PMThree icons now appear on the right of your window for Theme, Music, and Duration. Theme and Music are the same as with the Instant Slideshow.
    • For Duration, it’s often best to choose “Fit to Music” so the slideshow is timed with the music.
    • You can reorder photos in the slider at the bottom.
    • If you don’t want the title to show, simply delete the first slide with a T on it.
    • Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 5.08.25 PMThe blue rectangle in the lower right hand corner lets you loop your show.
    • The Preview button allows you to reorganize the photos while previewing.
    • The Play arrow goes to full screen.
    • Export button is the in upper right hand corner.
      • The default is High Definition (720p), but today’s standard is 1080p.
      • This creates a file to save to your computer.
      • Check the box to automatically send it to iTunes to view it on an iPhone or iPad.
      • Exports as .m4v.
  • Deleting Photos
    • You have to be in Moments to delete a photo.
    • Just highlight a photo or photos and press Delete. There will be a confirmation box that you really want to delete it.
    • Command Delete allows you to delete a photo without the confirmation box.
    • Deleted photos go into a holding bin for 30 days so you can change your mind. Then they are permanently deleted.
    • File>>Show Recently Deleted will show the photos you deleted and how many days before they are gone forever.
    • To return a photo from Deleted to your Photos, select it and click Recover.
    • You can also Delete All or permanently delete selected photos.
  • Quitting Photos
    • Unlike other Apple programs, if you click the Red dot, it actually quits Photos and doesn’t simply close the window. Who knows why?Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 8.59.15 PM

For a great video tutorial about Photos, watch David A. Cox’s “Photos for Mac 2015.” Thank you to David for this excellent tutorial.

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