ICloud Photo Li­brary tips

Photos syncs all your im­ages… and your ed­its

Mac Format - - ICLOUD -

Photos, which started life on iOS and is now on OS X, is Ap­ple’s re­place­ment for iPhoto and Aper­ture on the Mac. It au­to­mat­i­cally syncs your photo li­brary to iCloud, so ev­ery shot is avail­able on all your de­vices.

Syn­chro­nise your iOS de­vice’s photo li­brary by go­ing to Set­tings > iCloud > Photos. Make sure the switch be­side iCloud Photo Li­brary is turned on and choose whether you want to keep op­ti­mised ver­sions on your iOS de­vice, or un­com­pressed full res­o­lu­tion orig­i­nals. Ei­ther way, the full qual­ity orig­i­nals are stored in iCloud.

To edit a photo, se­lect it, then tap Edit. On iOS, as well as crop­ping, ap­ply­ing a fil­ter and au­to­mat­i­cally en­hanc­ing your shot, you can tweak the colour, light and monochrome style. (OS X lets you do more, as you’ll see in the tips on this page.) When you edit an im­age, Photos just tracks your changes and ap­plies them on the fly. You can roll back to the orig­i­nal at any time by edit­ing again and choos­ing Re­vert. Your changes are synced to iCloud and made vis­i­ble – and re­vert­ible – on any of your de­vices.

By de­fault, your Mac user ac­count’s Sys­tem Photo Li­brary, which is the only one synced to iCloud, is stored in your Pic­tures folder. If your startup disk is low on space, you can move the li­brary to another drive and dou­ble-click it there to open it in Photos, then click ‘Use as Sys­tem Photo Li­brary’ in the app’s Gen­eral pref­er­ences.

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