Photos for Mac 2015 – Full Tutorial

Photos for Mac 2015 – Full Tutorial

Hello everyone, and welcome to our class on
the brand new photos app for the Mac. Today, I’m going to be showing you how to
correctly move your data from the traditional iPhoto library over to the clouds that everything
starts to sync correctly so you can access all your photos on all your mobile devices
– well, Apple devices that is. I’m going to show you, of course, how to
use this software. We’re going to do a full tutorial teaching
you how to edit your photos, how to share them, whether through Facebook, all the other
social media out there, email, you name it. How to create slideshows and a lot more. So, stay tuned. Now, if you have already moved your entire
library over to the cloud and you’re sure that it’s done correctly, you can skip ahead
to this time code. That is where the actual class begins. For those of you who are either unsure if
you’ve done it correctly or want to make sure that you do it correctly, make sure you
keep watching. Here it is. Our class on the brand new photo app for the
Mac, coming up next on [Music] Alright, everyone, before we really dive into
everything I want to make sure that all of you make this transition correctly and don’t
encounter any potential problems. So, I just want to address a few small items
to make sure that you are good to move your photo library to iCloud. So, the first thing I would like you to do
is go to the Apple icon. Go to system preferences. From here, you’re going to go to iCloud
and just going to take a look at how much free space you have. Now, Apple gives everyone 5 Gigabytes of Cloud
storage, which is frankly not enough when you start to consider photos. But, just by going to 1 dollar a month, you
go from 5 gigabytes to 20 Gigabytes. Now, if you want to add additional Cloud storage,
go to ‘Manage’ and from here you can click ‘Buy’. Now, we are located in the United States so
here everything is in US dollars. But, you can see here 1 dollar gets you 20
Gigs. This, by the way, is what I use. I use 200 Gigabytes and I really only use
a fraction of that for 4 dollars a month. So, make sure you’ve done that. The next thing I want you to make sure that
you’ve done – and technically speaking, this is not a critical step. Again, I’m just trying to make sure that
all of you go through this transition safely. If you have an iPhone, if you have an iPad,
plug it into your computer. Even if you’ve already downloaded the update
that gains you access to the brand new photos app, I still want you to go into iPhoto. Here’s the key thing you want to make sure. You want to make sure that this basically
doesn’t happen. So, here you’re seeing content that’s
on my phone that is not on the computer. So, you want to click this button and import
whatever is not already in iPhoto. Again, this is not technically essential but
doing it in this order is going to protect you. So, when you’re done with that – I am hoping
you will all have already done this – backup your data, because you’re about to go through
a very lengthy process. It’s going to take a long time, especially
for any of you who are on DSL. So, if you have not already backed up your
data, please watch our class on how to backup your computer using Time Machine. I will include a link to that class in the
description of this video. Please make sure you’ve done it. Again, that’s just for your safety. Once you’ve done that, here’s what you’re
going to do. Now, you’re going to open up the brand new
photo app and we’re going to start to walk through the process of moving everything to
iCloud. We’re going to click here where it says
‘get started’. Now, click that big blue button that says,
‘use iCloud photo library’. Now, this process is going to take hours. For many of you, it could take many hours. So, my advice is to do this late at night.
Leave your computer on overnight. Now, there are a few other things you can
do while this is happening. So, while your photos are uploading to the
cloud we can start to bring them down on to your mobile devices. So, on either your iPhone or your iPad, go
into ‘settings’. From there, go to iCloud. Then go into ‘photos’. And on both devices you can turn iCloud photo
library ‘on’. Once again, just keep in mind this is going
to remove any photos that are on those devices that are not in iCloud from the device. So, turn that on and my advice is plug in
the device because it is going to take a really long time to bring down that content. Be sure your iPhone and iPad are also connected
to WiFi. Now, when the whole process finishes, what
you’re going to do is – well, this is at least my advice… One thing I found that makes the photo program
significantly easier to navigate is to show the sidebar. So, go up to the top menu bar. Go to ‘view’ and you’ll see here that
the 5th item down is ‘show sidebar’. Just makes it easier, especially for those
of you out there who use different albums. It brings all that content to left hand side. Now, at this point let’s move on to the
full tutorial. Alright everyone, so now that you have all
of your photos moved over from iPhoto into the photos app, now we can start to go through
how to navigate this piece of software. I’m going to show you, of course, how to
edit your photos. I’m going to show you how to share them
with your friends through social media and email. We’re going to go over creating slideshows
and some other good stuff along the way. I’m also going to give you a lot of tips
and tricks that you might not pick up from Apple’s website either. So, there are basically three different ways
to view your photos. We have a year view. You can see that right here up at the top. By the way, this is a demo account. I don’t
keep a lot of photos. You’re going to have a lot more here. So, bear with me. We have year view. If I punch in, we have
collections. Punch in again, we get moments. Here’s basically the difference between
these. So, with moments you’ll see that all these
photos here are kind of very similar. They’re shot around similar dates. Okay. But not all quite the same. If I pull back in collections, all of those
photos are grouped together. So, it’s my suspicion that a lot of you
are going to hang out here in the collections view. Some of you, maybe, the moments view. The other thing I want to show because not
everyone out there has perfect vision. If you have trouble viewing any of these,
in the moments view you have this little slide-bar here at the very top left. If you drag this
bar – this dot, to the right hand side, notice all of the thumbnail images are increasing
in size. Now, to switch back and forth between these
different views, I’m going to try my best to describe this. So, if you were looking at my track pad right
now, you pinch and pull with your fingers to go back and forth between these views. Very similar to how you do it on an iPhone
or an iPad. Once you, kind of, figure that part out and
you know how to navigate, you’re going to probably want to edit some of your photos
here. So, let’s go over that aspect. I’m going to use this photo right here. From when we used to be in Key West, Florida. If you want to edit your photos, you’re
going to double click on your photo, you’ll notice it takes up the entire screen and we
now have an edit button here at the top right. Click on that. Now, these options here are going to look
very, very similar to the photo app on the iPhone and the iPad. Apple is clearly trying to create some very
consistent features here so that it’s very easy to go back and forth between editing
a photo on your phone or your computer. Pretty handy feature. So, here we have ‘enhance’. It’s a one
click. You let the computer figure out what to do. I don’t know if I’ve already retouched
this photo, so let’s see what happens. Not a lot. Very, very subtle difference. If you ever want to undo, yes you do have
a ‘revert to original’ button here at the top right corner. I always like to try to bring up important
hot keys when they come up. This is an example of one of them. The universal
hot key for undo is command z, as in zebra. So, anytime you screw up and need to go back
in time, command z. Every time you hit it, it goes back a step
in time. We have a ‘rotate’ button right here which
will rotate the image quite predictably. The other way to do this, by the way, is command
r. You can also do that back from the ‘moments’
view. We have ‘crop’. Okay. So, you can grab any of these corners here
and kind of readjust your shot. So, if I really just want to focus on this little bridge over
there you can see it kind of zooms in when I do that. Now, if you’re [phonetic] short – and
hey, I got lucky with this one – if it’s not perfectly leveled, you can use this little
dial right here. Okay. So, I can – watch this – as you drag down,
it’s actually zooming in, that way you keep the same aspect ratio. Otherwise it will just
look weird. I like to use the horizon here as my guide. So, it was just a few, you know, a couple
degrees off but now it looks better. The other thing you’ll notice here at the
very bottom we have a ‘flip’ button. So, if you’re like, you know what, I want that
bridge to be on the right. Voila. Flip, back and forth. Next one we have right here is ‘filters’. Click on that one. Basically, the exact same filters you had
before, the difference is that now you have a preview here on the right hand side so if
you want to give it, kind of, that ‘noir’ effect, click on that. I love noir, especially in video. Let’s go back to none though. Now, we’re going to go here into ‘adjustments’. Now, you’ll see here by default you only
have 3. We have light, color – this is actually saturation, by the way – and black and white. If you want the other more advanced adjustments,
they’re all right up here. Just click on ‘add’. You can check any of these options here and
hit ‘save as default’. So, for those of you who are a little bit
more on the pro consumer side, you may want to add more of these back. I will say that, for those of you who are
advanced, you know, photo users the photo app is definitely a far cry from aperture. So, if you really need those advanced features
you may want to check out Lightroom. I know the people who use Lightroom love it. I personally am not trained in that. We are
going to be doing – we are going to add classes on Lightroom later on this summer
for which I’m going to bring in someone who’s a professional photographer. I’m not going to try to teach that one myself. Now, the next thing I want to go over here
– I actually need to switch photos to demonstrate. So, bear with me one moment. [Beep] Alright. So, here we have a photo of moi and I’m
going to hit the edit button and show you this final feature here. So, we have the ‘retouch’ tool, you’ll
see right here. This has only gotten slightly tweaked but
it’s enough that I wanted to at least cover it. So, this is where you can have now access
to two different tools. One, for those of you who are familiar with
Photoshop it’s going to be very similar to the band-aid tool. The other is sort of
like clone, though granted, not quite like it. So, we have a little slide-bar right here
which will adjust the size of your tool brush. By the way, a little trick – you can use
the brackets key on your keyboard. That’ll do the same thing. Okay. So, let’s make that a little bit smaller. You can see I have a little something going
on right here. Okay. If you just click. Boom. Gone. Very, very simple. Now, the other trick is if you hold the option
key down. This is where it will – it’s a little bit like clone but still not quite
it. It’s more like it’s surveying the texture. It’s the best way I can really
describe it. So, now it’s going to be pulling the same
texture from up here – in this case it looks basically the same. But, I want to at least point out that there
is a difference. There is a red-eye tool that will only show
up if it senses that there is a person. Basically, it’s one click. It’ll remove
the red-eye. But, if it doesn’t, you can manually remove it. I never ever have good luck with red-eye removal.
I always end up looking high in the process, because your pupils are the size of – well,
you get the idea. So, the next feature we’re going to go over
is some of the different sharing options. So, let’s go back to our photos and talk
about that. Basically – essentially two different ways
to share. You can either secondary click on a photo. Go to share. You can see them all here. The other way is you have a ‘share’ button
up here at the very top right corner. So, you can send it out through social media,
email, whatever it is you want. Okay. There’s also a ‘more’ button here so
this will get you into the system preferences where you can really tell it exactly what
options you want here. So, you can see which ones I have here. Granted
I don’t even use Flickr, so we can uncheck that. But, this is where you go to add or remove
social networks, etc. You can find them all right there. Close out of that. Next thing I want to do is show you how to
have some fun and create a slideshow. There’re basically two different ways. One way is an instant slideshow. The other is going to allow you a little bit
more ability to customize it and also eventually export it should you want to burn it to a
DVD. So, if you wanted to just have a quick slideshow.
Let’s say, you want to have someone, you know, standing over your shoulder you want
to show them a bunch of photos you can just simple click and drag as you highlight a bunch
of photos. From here, you can go up here to the little
‘play’ button you see up here at the top right, and hit ‘play a slideshow’. Now, forgive me. The last time I taught a
class on photos which granted was iPhoto and I did this at this point, because the music
played in the background even only for a second I got slapped with a strike against my YouTube
account from Apple. Thanks guy, really appreciate that one. So, I can’t do it for you but I can walk
you through it. Now, the other way is to create a slideshow
that you can save and edit. You can share it with other people whether it’s through
YouTube or you can burn it to DVD. The way you do that is you use this other button right
here. This little plus symbol. This is used for creating projects. So, for example one of them is slideshow but
this is also where you’re going to go if you want to create an album. You can create a book that is printed and
mailed to your home. A calendar. Cards. Or just prints. Let’s go into slideshow for now. You can create the name for your slideshow.
I’m just going to call it, ‘today’ since that’s the default. Here on the right hand side of this window
you’ll see we have 3 different buttons. The first button is to choose what theme you
want. I have to say, the Ken Burns theme at least
the default music that comes with this is actually really nice. A few of these also have very, very nice music
for a simple one-click slideshow, it’s not half bad. Granted, it’s not going to be the kind of
quality if you had done this in iMovie and really adjusted every single shot. But for something you can create in just a
couple of minutes, it’s pretty darn good. You can go here to music. By default it will use whatever theme music
comes with the theme. But, if you don’t want that you can go into your music library
and pick out any song you want. Andy Grammar, that’s your second shout-out
in my videos. Next one here, we have ‘duration’. Okay. My advice, use fit to music. That way, it
automatically adjusts the timing of each slide so that it fits the song. If you have a really, really long song and
not a lot of photos, maybe not quite the best option. Otherwise, you can go here to ‘custom’
and you can tell it exactly how long you want your project to be. Okay. Then we also have a button here to scale photos
to fit the screen if you want. I’ll leave it on fit to music for now. Another thing I just want to answer – I
suspect a lot of people are going to be confused by this. If you don’t want the name of the
slideshow to be on the slideshow, if this little T that you see down here at the bottom
left corner, just click on it so that it’s highlighted and hit that delete key. Boom. Gone. Very simple. Now, if you want to see a preview of how it
looks. You can hit ‘preview’. I have my speakers turned off so I can actually
do this part here. Okay. It’s just going to play a preview right
here in this window. If you want to go full screen. Okay. At that point you can hit this button right
here. This button you see here is for looping. So, one of the instances I could imagine where
you might use this – I do a lot of work lately with realtors I’ve noticed. They want to have a widescreen TV in their
window if they have, you know, at storefront that the public can see who are walking by. This would be a great thing to do. You can put a slideshow of your different
properties and to display over and over again. Obviously, if you’re doing that you wouldn’t
have music. Now, when you’re done and you want to export
it, that’s where you have your options. Right up here you have an ‘export’ button
at the very top right corner. Now, by default I believe this is set to 720p. 1080p is currently considered the standard
for high definition, even though there is higher definition out there like 4k. So, you can use this option and this will
create a file that you can save to your computer. At this point I would like to give a little
shout-out. If this is the kind of thing you want to do. If you want to burn a DVD, you
may want to consider taking our class on toast 12. By the way, if you are watching this video
like the day that we release it, the toast 12 class is going to come out a couple days
later. So, just want to clarify that. You can also send it to iTunes. This part is really handy if you want to have
this slideshow so that you can play it on, of course, your computer but also your iPhone
or your iPad because after all anything on iTunes you can put on your mobile devices. Let’s cancel for now. Next thing I would like to do is go over a
couple of quick little tricks that I think you all really want to know and need to know. One thing I want to show you here – let’s
find a photo here. My buddy, Ben Peg – awesome musician. Free
concerts whenever I want them. Love it. If you want to delete a photo – I want to
show you this. If you hit the delete key, look what you get.
You get this annoying little pop-up. Alright. If you want to bypass this so you don’t
get this pop-up, hit command, delete. That way, it just – boom. Goes away. Now, when you delete photos – just like
they did before – they do go into a trash bin. So, they don’t actually clear out.
At least not right away. But, I want to show you how to get to that. In the past it was here in the sidebar. Now, you have to go to file. So file, and you’ll see here it says ‘show
recently deleted’. This will also do the same thing on all of
your other devices. Okay. You can see how I have a bunch of old headshots. God. That goes way back. If you want to just with one click delete
them all, just hit ‘delete all’. Boom. Everything is gone. Just like that. Sorry, Ben. Next thing I want to show you here is something
a little bit odd, I noticed, but good to know is that you know how we have these little
dots up here at the top left. We have red to close, or so you thought. Yellow to minimize, and green to go full screen. Well, in every other program on the Mac red
is not quit, it’s close as in it’s still running in the background. Not with photos. Notice, new little dot running underneath
the icon. So, for whatever reason in the photos app,
at least as of today’s date unless this may be a bug that they haven’t quite yet
fixed, okay – but as of right now that is actually quit. That’s especially important to know if you
are currently uploading a lot of photos to the Cloud and you quit, they stop. So, make sure you use minimize instead. Next little trick I would like to show you… I’m going to acknowledge another bug, okay.
Please understand when I show you this, every single class I have ever taught is a snapshot
in time. So, if you are watching this significantly
into the future – today’s date by the way is the day it came out, April 8th of 2015. If you’re watching this significantly into
the future, it may have already been corrected. Little bug I’ve discovered and have reported
to Apple. So, if you’re in email – okay, you have
this little icon right here, looks like a paperclip and that’s always been a way to
export to iPhoto. Notice, it still says ‘export to iPhoto’. The problem is that if you click that button,
watch what happens – it launches iPhoto, not photos. Even if you click ‘open photos’, nothing
happens. So, that is a bug I have already reported
to Apple. Hopefully they will fix it. But, who knows. Next thing I want to go over something that
will not necessarily affect all of you but I want to at least acknowledge. If you like
to print your own photos, I know some people like to add titles. So, see down here it says ‘untitled’. Okay. I’m going to just say ‘this is my title’. Okay. In the past there has been a way to have that
text print if you do print your photos at home. No more. If you go here, you’ll notice no way to
get it. Okay. Very limited options there. If you do want to print your photos I want
to give you two pieces of advice, this will potentially save you some money. First of all, if you use Apple’s printing
service it is awesome. You do have to pay for shipping, obviously. So, if I wanted them to print this panorama,
I’d go up here to the – oops. Sorry, wrong button. My bad. Plus. Plus button and the last option here is ‘prints’. Now, this uses your Apple ID so whatever credit
card you have on file that you would be charged normally if you – let’s say if you bought
music or bought an app. Okay. Same credit card. So, you can have them print your photo. I love that they have auto-sized. Okay. So, check this out. You can have a panorama from 8 inches to 36
inches long. That’s pretty awesome. You can also poster size it if you want. Okay. The quality of their paper stock kicks butt. Okay. I’ve seen what other companies out there
do – not even close. The other thing you can do here – let’s
just grab a bunch of photos again – is we have a few other projects up here. So, for example you can create a photo book.
This is a lot of fun. What we’re going to end up doing is I’m
going to dedicate an entire class to these different types of projects and just kind
of navigating you through them. So, if you do want to see that, that is a
separate class that we’re going to do, but it’s really easy. It’s a lot of fun. You literally just click any of these and
you can arrange them and you can have them print your own cards, calendar, or book. They really do look phenomenal. The other tip that I wanted to mention is
if you do print your photos, okay, consider instead getting a flash drive, throw these
photos on your flash drive, and bring it to the nearest – whether it’s a CVS, Walgreens,
or whatever equivalent of those convenience stores you have near you. It is a lot cheaper. It’s a lot better, because if you have a
colored printer keep in mind ink is one of the highest marked up items there is. So, you know, you’re much better off paying
– okay, maybe 11 cents or whatever it is these days for them to print your photo from
your flash drive. It’s instant. So, that’s my little tip on that. Well, folks, I think that about does it for
me. I want to remind you, if you haven’t already done so, make sure you click that
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whenever we come out with new classes. On that note, if you ever want to attend one
of our live classes, they are free. This is a public service. I do this because I love teaching. I’m one of those crazy people who really
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good stuff. Thanks for watching, everyone. Class dismissed.

Dereck Turner

12 thoughts on “Photos for Mac 2015 – Full Tutorial

  1. Rat Trap says:

    Such a worthless downgrade. Can't even easily export photos from
    Mac to iPhone. Piece of shit

  2. Michael Campbell says:

    How do you 'PUNCH IN' to go from moments to collections to years using a iMac. I tried punching the screen… that did not work…

  3. arlene mccarthy says:

    I also dislike photos intensely. I used to be able to move the location of photos within a collection. Now they are stuck in the chronological order in which I took them, so if I want to put all the hotels we stayed in into one line, I can't do it, or all the graffiti in one sequence. There seems to be no rhyme or reason for the changes you made. !!! Leave us the ability to create by ourselves – I hate having you think for me!

  4. Rowen Lawrence says:

    I have been making use of this super MAC system utility “macvo unique only” (Google it) for a few years. Their systems have always functioned well in identifying difficulties with my dual processor MacBook Pro. This software is good for computer-related tasks such as Cleaning, Securing, Optimizing, anti virus, and spyware.

  5. Birdman says:

    Is there a way to save the edits to the original file?

  6. williamstdog9 says:

    I HATE "photos"!! I LOVED the old Iphoto and now all my pictures are all screwed up and I can't get them in proper ALBUMS!! ARRRGGHHH!!!!

  7. Clover LI says:

    I see p town , haha.

  8. mimi101 says:

    bring back iPhoto! 🙁 Apple really messed up this time!

  9. Greg Fox says:

    so you import from a camera, and you pics are in Photos, Last import (obvious), and All iPhotos. In Photos, the picts are by date. How do you name this last group of pictures?

  10. Greg Fox says:

    How do you pinch using a mouse?

  11. clhagin says:

    Is there a way to add text/watermark to multiple photos at one time?

  12. John Hayhurst says:


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