Photos for Mac and iOS: The Missing Manual

Photos for Mac and iOS: The Missing Manual

by Lesa Snider


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Photos for Mac and iOS: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider

Apple’s new Photos app lets you do a whole lot more than simply store and edit pictures and videos on a Mac or iOS device. With this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn how to import, organize, and share your digital memories, as well as how to improve, print, and use your photos in creative projects. With Lesa Snider’s step-by-step instructions and expert advice, you’ll master Photos and tame your image library—and have fun along the way!

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Migrate from iPhoto. Learn how to make a quick and smooth transition.
  • Organize your collection with ease. Master the many ways to import, group, and categorize images—and set up iCloud Family Sharing.
  • Find your photos quickly. Employ Photos’ powerful labeling, keyword and facial recognition features to optimize searches.
  • Sharpen your editing skills. Skillfully use Photos’ impressive image- and video-editing tools on your Mac or iOS device.
  • Access photos anywhere. Sync your library to all of your Apple devices so your photos travel with you wherever you go.
  • Share them online. Show your shots to everyone on your list by using shared albums, creating web galleries, posting them on Facebook, and more.
  • Dive into creative projects. Build pro-level slideshows to share with others, and create gorgeous gift books, calendars, and cards.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491917992
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/06/2015
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 344,535
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lesa Snider, internationally acclaimed author and speaker, is on a mission to teach the world to create better graphics. She’s the author of several books including the popular Photoshop: The Missing Manual and The Skinny Book series of eBooks (www.theskinnybooks. com). Lesa is a founding instructor for (, where she teaches image editing, graphic design, and stock photography, and a regular columnist for Photoshop User, Photographic Elements Techniques, and Macworld magazines. She’s also a stock photographer, a long-time member of the Photoshop World Dream Team of instructors, and captain of her very own Prometheus-class starship. Lesa and her husband, Jay Nelson, live in Boulder, CO with their two cats, Samantha and Sherlock.

Visit Lesa’s tutorial-riddled website at, connect with her on Twitter (@PhotoLesa), or pose questions on her Facebook Fan page (

Table of Contents

Why Photos?;
The Missing Credits;
About the Author;
About the Creative Team;
The Missing Manual Series;
Photos’ Backstory;
What Photos Can Do;
Using Photos for iOS;
The Very Basics;
Safari® Books Online;
Chapter 1: Getting Started with Photos;
1.1 Getting the Photos App;
1.2 Migrating from iPhoto or Aperture to Photos;
1.3 Meet the iCloud Photo Library;
1.4 Photos for Families;
Chapter 2: Importing Pictures and Videos;
2.1 The Two Faces of Photos;
2.2 Importing from iCloud;
2.3 Importing from a Camera or Card Reader;
2.4 Importing Other Image Files;
2.5 Importing Files from Other Apps;
2.6 Importing Videos;
2.7 Fun with File Formats;
2.8 After the Import;
2.9 Dealing With Duplicates;
2.10 Visiting Your Photos Library;
Chapter 3: Viewing and Organizing Your Images;
3.1 Photos’ Views;
3.2 Viewing, Opening, and Scrolling;
3.3 Selecting and Hiding Files;
3.4 The Wide World of Albums;
3.5 Using Folders;
3.6 The Mighty Info Panel;
3.7 Deleting Pictures and Videos;
3.8 Accessing Your Photos Library on the Web;
Chapter 4: Finding Pictures;
4.1 Using Favorites;
4.2 Searching by Text and Date;
4.3 Viewing Pictures by Location;
4.4 Using Keywords;
4.5 Faces;
Chapter 5: Improving Your Pictures;
5.1 Editing Basics;
5.2 Photos’ Editing Tools;
5.3 Editing Raw Files;
5.4 Beyond Photos;
Chapter 6: Slideshows and Movies;
6.1 Slideshow Basics;
6.2 Creating Instant Slideshows;
6.3 Saved Slideshows;
6.4 Working with Videos;
Chapter 7: Printing Your Photos;
7.1 Printing at Home;
7.2 Ordering Prints Online;
Chapter 8: Sharing and Exporting;
8.1 Sharing via Email;
8.2 Sharing via Text Message;
8.3 Sharing Online;
8.4 Using iCloud Photo Sharing;
8.5 Sharing via AirDrop;
8.6 Desktops, Lock Screens, and Wallpaper;
8.7 Photos: The Best Screensaver in the West;
8.8 Exporting from Photos;
Chapter 9: Creating Custom Books, Calendars, and Cards;
9.1 Creating a Book Project;
9.2 Photo Calendars;
9.3 Custom Cards;
Chapter 10: Managing Your Library;
10.1 Using Multiple Libraries;
10.2 Backing Up Your Files;
The Big Takeaway;
Upgrading and Importing;
Organizing Troubles;
Sharing and Syncing;
Editing Woes;
Printing Problems;
General Questions;

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