Using Photos Face Recognition

The People function in Photos for Sierra will recognize faces in your pictures and with some curation will allow you to label all of the people in your photos. There are many ways to assign faces to names.

Comments: 8 Responses to “Using Photos Face Recognition”

    Tom Cotton
    3 years ago

    I have a very large 70,000 photo library with thousands of faces identified. I have noticed that my Photo App seems to have stop identifying more faces leaving the same ones there when I activate the photo app + button. Is there any way to force the Photo App to begin identifying faces?

    3 years ago

    Tom: I would just start by viewing your photos outside of the People function. Take a set of photos and go through them normally, looking for “unnamed” faces and either naming them or removing the circles with the X button.

    Daniel Stone
    3 years ago

    When I get the faces labeled and then click on one of them, I don’t get the ‘photos’ and ‘faces’ buttons. What might be wrong?

    3 years ago

    Daniel: Not sure why you wouldn’t see that. Are you selecting People on the left, then double-clicking a person? Are you using the latest Photos (Sierra)?

    Heinrich Fickler
    3 years ago

    Hello Gary, thank you very much for this episode. Question: i have more than 10 k fotos in the app. Many faces have been identified, but when i press tha + button there are left 500, among those are car wheels, faces from paintings in the backgroun, many faces that do not interest me. How can i get rid of them? The old ifotos app had this ability, but in the new one i did not find any.
    Best Regards – Heinrich

    3 years ago

    Heinrich: If you really want to get rid of them, go into the photo itself normally (not in People) and click on the X that is part of the circle around the face.

    Ed Thorsland
    3 years ago

    Gary, Great Piece. I was able to make great use of it. One question: When I “X-out” a face circle, how can I add a face circle back into the photo to properly identify a previously misnamed person? I now know I should have just changed the name, but now I have no circle to identify the person. Thanks.

    3 years ago

    Ed: Good question. While viewing a photo normally (in Photos or All Photos) use Window, Info (Command+I). In the Info window, there is an Add Faces button. It puts a circle in the middle of the photo. Now drag it around and use the dot on the right side of the circle to expand or shrink it.
    You can leave the Info window open and move to other photos (arrow keys are easiest) if you need to add several.

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