Using iPhoto Albums and Smart Albums

Your iPhoto library is organized into events. But you can also create as many albums as you want to arrange your photos in a variety of ways. You can create collections that contain cross-sections of your photos and use them in sharing, slideshows, syncing and printing. You can also create Smart Albums that use search criteria to update themselves with photos that have something in common.

Comments: 6 Responses to “Using iPhoto Albums and Smart Albums”

    Linda Taylor
    5 years ago

    Great video Gary. I’m using iPhoto ’11 and want to create a Smart Album that contains the low resolution photos I’ve saved from Facebook. I want to easily know the photo that aren’t good enough to print.
    Thanks for all the help you’ve given me!

      5 years ago

      So these are photos that you’ve download from the Facebook website, and then imported into iPhoto? You may want to consider storing them in a folder instead of iPhoto. I always think of my iPhoto library as “my photos” — as in “photos I have taken.” But if you want to store other photos in there too, that’s fine. I’m not sure how you would identify them in with Smart Folder criteria. You’ll need to experiment and it depends on where the rest of your photos are from. For instance, if all of the rest of your photos have camera model or ISO information and these do not, then you have your criteria. So try some things, experiment. Or, just tag those photos as you bring them into iPhoto.

    andrea
    5 years ago

    Hi,
    Ive been trying to organize my photos, so I’ve created files for every year and then every month and then different events in each month I thought I could use Smart Albums to search the album files on the left hand side of the iphoto page…but it wont work…so, for instance, if I want a smart album to collect all my passover photos from the past years, will it only search the photos which I need to label or is there a way to search albums? Thanks!

      5 years ago

      So you are trying to search by album name? Just create a smart album that matches “Any Text” to the term in the album name, like “Passover.” That should give you all of the photos in any album that contains that keyword.

        andrea
        5 years ago

        NOPE wouldnt do it. No matter what I tried. Would do some. SO Im just working from photo events files now. Will most likely buy Lightbox or something better. Annoying. THANKS!!

          5 years ago

          It definitely works for me. Perhaps you should get an expert to take a first-hand look. There’s probably something very simple you are doing or have set that would be quick to figure out.

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