Using Keywords In Photos

If you love organizing your photos, then you want to learn to use the keywords functions in the new Mac Photos app. Keywords allow you to organize your photos in many ways without cluttering up your library with albums. It is easy to create keywords and assign them to photos. Then you can search for photos that use that keyword, or create Smart Albums that update automatically.

Comments: 20 Responses to “Using Keywords In Photos”

    Steve
    5 years ago

    Thanks for the post. Is there any way to add keywords from your iPhone?

      5 years ago

      Haven’t looked too closely. But I don’t see a way.

    Kay Fisher
    5 years ago

    I’ve got tons of keywords but…
    iOS Photos (and the old Photos and iOS iPhoto) never used them.
    Mylio understands all my keywords from Aperture, Lightroom and now Photos.
    Do you know any other iOS app uses the keywords from metadata?
    Sure would be nice to see an Apply solution for iOS!

    Murray A
    5 years ago

    Thanks Gary… this will help a lot…. PLUS I finally learned a bit on Smart Albums. Have you done a vid on how to actually use them to their best ability?

      5 years ago

      I’ll be covering Smart Albums some more soon.

    Debbie
    5 years ago

    I have more than one Photos Library. The problem I’m encountering is every new Photos Library I create starts over with the Keywords coming in from my Aperture Library rather than syncing with the nice, neat, smaller Keywords set I created in my original main Photos System Library. Is there a way to easily change the Keywords in each successive Photos Library to match the keywords in my main Photos Library? Thx for the great video!

      5 years ago

      Right. Keywords are part of the library. I don’t see any way to sync keywords across libraries. iCloud only works with one library anyway, so I don’t see secondary libraries being used for much by most people.

        Debbie
        5 years ago

        Thanks, Gary. I have more than one library because I set up Photos initially as a new Library rather than migrating Aperture right away. Now there’s no easy way to do it, and I’m not sure Photos can handle my massive Aperture Library (140,000 images) anyway. Hopefully there will be a way to merge libraries in a future update.

          5 years ago

          If you are coming from Aperture and you have that big of a library (are you a pro?) then you may want to consider Lightroom instead of Photos anyway.

            Debbie
            5 years ago

            I’m not a pro, I just have tons of photos due to scanning all of my older print photos, plus heritage ones, lots of iPhone photos, etc. I want to stay in the Mac environment with my photo organization. Not an Adobe fan. Thanks again, Gary! I’ll figure it out. :)

    Kym
    5 years ago

    Gary, do keywords assigned in iPhoto carry over to Photos? I went through all my pics and assigned keywords just before iPhoto became redundant, do I have to go through them again and do the same thing?

      5 years ago

      I’m pretty sure they do. But if you have done it, then you can check pretty easily.

        Debbie
        5 years ago

        Photos brought over all of my Aperture keywords, so I imagine they’d bring in iPhoto ones too.

    GeoffT
    5 years ago

    Thanks for a really useful video. Coming from a PC background of many years, I was addicted to Folders and Albums and set about replicating this in Photos. Now I know a better way – thanks.

    Shirley
    4 years ago

    I’m trying to access photos with keywords with Media in Pages. The doesn’t seem possible is it?

      4 years ago

      No. But you could make Smart Albums in Photos that use keywords. And you would see those in the Media browser in Pages.

    Peter Dowell
    4 years ago

    I understand keywords, but I want to add text (titles) to my photos in the new Photo app. How do I do it please? Thanks for your help

    Glynne
    4 years ago

    Hi Gary, very helpful, thanks. Have you done a post on how to share a library with other Mac account users? We use accounts for our family on our iMac, but my account has most of the photos on it. I would like my family to be able to access/share it. Is this possible?

      4 years ago

      Unfortunately, there’s no way to do that. Your iCloud Photos Library is tied to your iCloud account. You can create shared albums, of course, but you cannot share the whole thing. I deal with it by passing my iPad or MacBook to another family member when she wants to browse our photos.

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