Master Photos in High Sierra

Mac|Life - - FEATURE -

Ex­plore im­proved li­brary nav­i­ga­tion, plus new and en­hanced edit­ing tools

Ex­plained Photos’ im­proved in­ter­face A The new side­bar

In Sierra, Photos’ side­bar was op­tional (View > Show Side­bar), but now it’s a per­sis­tent part of the app’s in­ter­face. If you want it vis­i­ble in full-screen mode too, turn on View > Al­ways Show Tool­bar and Side­bar in Full Screen.

B Your li­brary

Key al­bums that were pre­vi­ously scat­tered around the side­bar are now housed un­der Li­brary. Here you’ll find the likes of Mem­o­ries and Fa­vorites, along with the Re­cently Deleted al­bum that tem­po­rar­ily saves items.

C Re­vamped im­ports

Se­lect Im­ports for a chrono­log­i­cal feed of photos and videos you’ve added to the app. Note these are grouped by im­port ses­sion rather than date, and so the likes of Photo Stream en­tries may show up in­di­vid­u­ally.

D New me­dia types

Un­der Al­bums in the side­bar you’ll find a Me­dia Types folder, which pro­vides fast ac­cess to spe­cific types of images and videos, such as screen­shots, self­ies, and long ex­po­sures cre­ated us­ing that new Live Photos ef­fect.

E Quicker edit­ing

In mac OS Sierra, you could ro­tate or fa­vorite a se­lec­tion of photos us­ing menu com­mands; now there are but­tons in the tool­bar for these func­tions. The num­ber of se­lected items is much clearer at the top right, too.

F Fil­ter op­tions

With a cat­e­gory se­lected un­der Li­brary, you’ll see a Show­ing fil­ter near the top right of the win­dow, ini­tially set to All Photos. Click it to limit the view to spe­cific item types, or items that match user-de­fined key­words.

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