Photography

How to change a Faces key photo in Photos for OS X

Photos for Mac may not sync Faces over iCloud Photo Library, but it's still a useful way to organize and quickly find people in your images.

With Photos for OS X, changing the image that Faces uses for a person in the album screen has been tweaked slightly from its iPhoto days. Here's how to go about it.

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How to set your desktop picture in Photos for OS X

Want to rock a photo from your library on your desktop? Photos for OS X makes it easy.

Photos for OS X may look very different from Aperture or iPhoto, but it still offers many of the same features — including a quick way to set a photo as your desktop picture. It's great for those moments when you come across the perfect picture and instantly know you want it as your wallpaper.

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How to use iCloud's Family Sharing with Photos for OS X

You can't sync your entire iCloud Photo Library with your family, but you can still share images with them.

While iCloud Photo Library supports syncing your photos, videos, and albums across your own personal devices, it doesn't offer an option to sync everything to a family member's device: After all, do you really want to share every photo or video you've ever taken with your family? Probably not.

As such, if you have Family Sharing enabled, you'll still have your own Photos library. But that doesn't mean you can't still share images with each other easily. Here are three options I've been using to keep my family in the loop.

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How to use smart albums in Photos for OS X

Need to find a group of pictures quickly? Hook yourself up with Photos for OS X's smart albums.

Smart albums have long been a great way to quickly organize your images without the hassle of having to manually add each individual photo. Photos for OS X, like iPhoto before it, has an easy and quick way to build a Smart Album — read on for a quick tutorial!

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How to use Faces in Photos for OS X

Want to quickly find pictures of yourself, your friends, and your family members within your Photos for OS X library? Check out the Faces album.

Face detection is nothing new when it comes to digital photography: Facebook, iPhoto, and countless other programs and websites have offered it in years past. Photos for OS X carries on that proud tradition with an updated version of Faces in the app.

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How to use external and referenced libraries with Photos for OS X

Your local Photos library may be larger than your computer's hard drive permits, but you can still view it if you have an external drive.

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Photos for OS X FAQ: What you need to know!

Our long national iCloud photo-syncing nightmare is over: Photos for OS X, Yosemite's official successor to iPhoto, is now available with OS X 10.10.3. What's changed from iPhoto? What's stayed the same? Read on. You can also check out our super in-depth Photos for OS X Ultimate Guide and iCloud Photo Library Ultimate Guide for more information, how-tos, and walkthroughs.

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How to set up and start using Photos for OS X

Photos for OS X opens the door to a new era of Mac image management.

Apple's new Photos for OS X builds upon foundations laid by iPhoto and Photos for iOS to offer users a speedy and functional way to manage, edit, and share all their images. Whether this is your first time using a photo management app, you're upgrading from iPhoto, or you're exploring a non-Aperture or Lightroom avenue, here's what you need to know about Photos for OS X.

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Review: Photos for OS X takes the stress out of photo management

After almost a year of teasing, developer releases, and public betas, Photos for OS X is here and ready for action.

Like the iMovie, Final Cut, and iWork re-imaginings before it, Photos for OS X has taken the bones of iPhoto and Aperture to create an entirely new photo management program.

There are feature echoes here and there from its two predecessors, but Photos is an entirely new beast: new design, new editing workflow, and an all-new way of syncing your images from device to device in iCloud Photo Library.

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You can view your iCloud Photo Library while offline. Here's how!

Even if you don't have internet access on your Mac or iOS device, you can still access and manage your photos.

Photos for OS X and iOS let you sync your library to iCloud, so that you can have thousands of photos at your beck and call without having to store them locally on your machine or device. But what about when you don't have Wi-Fi or cellular data readily accessible?

Never fear: Whether you're stuck on a plane, in a tunnel, or simply want to show off photos when you don't have internet access, here's how you can still view and manage your iCloud Photo Library images.

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