Using Faces In Photos

The Faces feature in Photos is one of the most useful parts of the app. Once you start using it, it is easy to find photos of the people in your life. You can then access these photos quickly when you need them.

Comments: 26 Responses to “Using Faces In Photos”

    MrBungleBear
    4 years ago

    This is great, but if you have thousands of photos, it’s incredibly labour-intensive! Is there no way to automate this better, with less human intervention?

    4 years ago

    MrBungleBear: Just do a little at a time. It really goes pretty fast. You can’t automate it because it will not be accurate enough.

    mhetu
    4 years ago

    Hi!
    You did not address group photos. Say a family photo with five different faces. How should we deal with them? Thanks.

    Ray Linke
    4 years ago

    Suppose you start naming one face as Gary, then later on you have a second face also named Gary. You want to change one to Gary A and make the second Gary B. Is there a way to globally change the name to Gary A or does it have to be done individually?

    BRUCE STASIUK
    4 years ago

    i got to photos…but had no list on the left nor could i get to years. help.

    4 years ago

    Bruce: Perhaps you hid the sidebar. Go to View, Show Sidebar.

    4 years ago

    Ray: Sure, just go to the main Face view, click on the name you want to change, and change it.

    4 years ago

    mhetu: No need to deal with them at all. You can have more than one face per photo. That’s pretty typical. Start using Faces and you’ll see.

    24letters
    4 years ago

    Faces works great on the mac but how do i get it to show up on my iPad/iphone. When it was iPhoto it was there, now it isn’t.

    4 years ago

    24letters: This should be automatic if you are using iCloud Photo Library.

    24letters
    4 years ago

    I am using iCloud Photo Library – all others show (slo-mo, videos, panorama, time-lapse etc) EXCEPT faces…and I have over 25 faces identified. That is the situation on my iPhone, mini iPad and iPad Pro. I’ve checked preferences and settings and don’t see anything there that needs to be turned on/off. Any help is much appreciated!

    4 years ago

    24letters: Perhaps you are looking for a specific button or album for Faces? There isn’t. You search for them. So tap the search button (magnifying glass) and start typing the name of the person).

    24letters
    4 years ago

    THANK YOU!
    In iPhoto it was listed at the bottom with Events and Albums. Since all the other undeletable “folders” if you will (slo-mo, videos, panorama, time-lapse etc) are each considered an album, I was looking for Faces to appear that way as well and then choose from the listing. So, in an app that lets you choose from your photo library, you can choose from within your albums but it doesn’t let you search (for faces)so is there a way to search for faces since there isn’t a folder to open?

    4 years ago

    24letters: No, there’s no way I can see to do that.

    George
    4 years ago

    Hi Gary,
    is the sidebar only available on the Mac or should it also be available on the IPad Pro. if so, How do I view it there. Thanks for the help. I learn a lot from your video’s.
    Thanks

    George

    4 years ago

    George: The Sidebar is for Photos for Mac. See the comments above for info on how to view Faces on iOS.

    24letters
    4 years ago

    Just wanted to thank you for your help today, and your awesome videos too! Really appreciate your super quick replies and help!

    Robyn
    4 years ago

    Good tute Gary…love Jack!

    Dally Messenger
    4 years ago

    Very good and comprehensive and you spoke at a pace I could follow . Much thanks!

    Julie
    4 years ago

    Thanks for great video. Question, please: In the Faces Album, if you cannot discern the identity of the face in the little round icon at the bottom of the page (because the photo is not clear), is there some way to get to the original photo to check? Right click, double click doesn’t seem to take you to the source material. Thanks.

    4 years ago

    Julie: Check Control+Click on it and select Ignore This Face. If you can’t tell who it is, then it isn’t worth labeling. You’re going to have lots of those if you take pictures in crowded areas or of large groups of people, of which you only care about a few — like a group photo of a sports team, for instance.
    When you click on the picture of someone you have put into Faces and view all of those photos, and then use the Add button at the top to add new images, it will zoom in as you roll over those photos.

    Juan Carlos
    4 years ago

    Gary, what should I do to make Faces “run” over new photos I import? I just imported 300, but it doesn’t look like Faces is “working on’em”.

    4 years ago

    Juan: Just do what I do in the video. Go to Faces, click on a face of someone you know is in the photos, and then click the Add button. Or, you can go through the recent photos and add them on a photo-by-photo basis. So many ways to do it.

    Juan Carlos
    4 years ago

    Thank you! It worked perfectly.

    Ronnie
    3 years ago

    Photos has incorrectly assigned some “faces” to the wrong individuals. How do you remove a Face from a photo? Also, how can a photo be assigned to a face, but the face name does not appear in the master Face window (showing all faces)? Your tutorials and assistance are always so very helpful It is a shame that Apple does not ask (pay) you to review major changes that they do to key software updates. Thank you in advance for your thoughts and direction.

    3 years ago

    Ronnie: When viewing a photo, make sure you have View, Show Face Names on. Then when you move your cursor over a face, you can click the X to remove it. Or, while viewing the faces you can control+click on one image and use the context menu to indicate “This is not X.”
    Any face that is assigned will be listed in the screen with all the faces, no way to change that. Faces that appear often will be at the top with large icons, while others will be at the bottom with small icons.

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