Using Faces In Photos (#1194)

Using Faces In Photos (#1194)


Hi, this is Gary with MacMost.com. On this
episode let’s take a look at using the Faces feature in Photos. When talking about Photos to other people
I’m surprised that so many people aren’t using the Faces feature. Faces feature is easy to
setup and once you do it can be very useful. So here I am in Photos and I just have my
Photos library brought up here in Years view. If I look on the left side here, under Albums,
I’ll see Faces. If I select it you can see in this Photos library I haven’t yet used
Faces so it has this introductory screen. I can press the blue button to get started. So when I start I’ve got nothing here in Faces
and I’ve got this list here of suggested faces. A lot of them aren’t really faces, they are
just statues and such. I’m going to scroll through here until I find something real.
In this sample collection I don’t really have much but I’ve got some photos of me. So I’m
going to do as it instructs and double click on the first one I see of me and it’s going
to ask me for this person’s name. So I’m going to type Gary. I can type whatever I want in
here. Now it shows me the photo and it circles the
face and it’s basically going to allow me to Add and Continue or I can Reject it. By
rejecting it I would just click once and it would change to Not Gary. Click again and
it changes to the checkmark. I’m going to Add and Continue and then it is going to show
me some other photos. It’s going to say well, here’s another one, let’s add that and continue.
So it’s basically going through my photos and adding more photos of me based on the
growing amount of photo information. So every time I add a photo of me it’s learning a little
bit more about my face and it may find me in other photos. So it takes me back to the center face here
and it shows me I’ve got one face that is recognized and it also shows me suggested
faces it finds in other photos. I can see here there is one that is me but it hasn’t
been added here. So let’s get back to that. Instead let’s go to my dog Jack here. Let’s
add him. So I’m going to double click there and name Jack. I hit Done and now Jack is
added in there. So I can have two here and you can continue to add some and I don’t really
have any more here in this sample set that are real people. These are just people that
are in the background of photos or are in some click art and things like that. So I can take this photo if I wanted to and
drag it here to add that one. So for you this might be a really long list of faces but it’s
really easy to get through because you can just drag and drop into your collection of
faces. If you find a face here that doesn’t have a faces collection up here you just double
click on it to create it. That’s one way to create the Faces feature and keep adding faces
in your Photos collection. Now let’s start over again. Let’s say I haven’t
added any faces yet. Let’s do it another way. Let’s go into my Photo collection here and
say I’m browsing through and decide I want to start using Faces. So I find a picture
here that has a face in it and I’m going to go in and look at that face. Photos will recognize
that there is a face in this photo and it will put this little tag underneath that says
unnamed. When I roll over that I can see that there is a circle around that face. So what I can do here is I can click on it
and add a name. Once I’ve done that it has now created this face in the Faces collection.
So when I go here to Faces instead of showing me that intro screen, sure enough, it has
created that one. So I didn’t actually even have to go in to Faces to do that. I could
have stuck with Photos the entire time. So I can go in here, for instance, and it
recognizes this is face but because of the sunglasses it is not recognizing it as me.
So I just type Gary. As soon as I start typing it’s going to give a suggestion and I can
actually click on that and now it has added that photo. Now I go back here. Here’s another
one and same thing here. Great so now let’s go to Faces. I can go in
here and see me and when I double click on that it’s going to give me basically what
is a photo album of all the photos that have been marked with my face in them. If I switch
between Photos and Faces it actually zeros in on the face. This is probably one of the most useful things
about Faces is that I can say if I wanted to add a new profile picture to Facebook or
something I can look at the Faces view of my Faces album and see which one might make
a good profile. Whereas looking at the photos themselves it is kind of hard to compare right
away especially if there are hundreds instead of three. Also notice when I’m in here I can go and
hit Add because it’s identified me in another photo but it’s not going to automatically
add you. Its going to want you to confirm. So I can now say yes, Add and Continue. Now
if this wasn’t me I can click on it and say Not Gary and hit continue. It would learn
that is not me and it would add that to its database of information about what my face
looks like. So now I’ve got four in here. You can see
them there and I go back to Faces and see I’ve got that one face there. So I can go
ahead and add Jack again and then if I were to go into my Photos collection here and find
more pictures of Jack, there we go. Now let’s say because Jack is a dog it is
not really recognizing the face. So how would I add a face. Well if I were to click the
Info button up here you can see there is an Add Faces feature. I click there and it creates
this little circle which I can drag to enlarge with this dot. I can click the X to remove
it and I can click in the middle there and drag to circle the face. So I can circle Jack
there. I can start naming him and then I can just pick Jack and you can see it can actually
trying to give me suggestions from my address book. So I’m going to select Jack and now
when I go to Faces and I look at Jack I’ve got two photos because I manually added that
one. So there is the ability to manually add faces even if Photos doesn’t recognize there
is a face there. So how are Faces useful. Of course you’ve
got these nice albums now that include all your photos with that person in them. You
can search by that. So if I search for Jack it’s going to actually come up with Faces
as well as any other tags or titles or anything else of the photo. So it’s available in Searches. If there was, say, a picture in my collection
of both myself and Jack in it I could search for both to find the intersection between
the two of them. Also you can use these in Apps. So say I want
to update my Twitter profile picture in Safari here and I’m looking at my profile. I click
to Change my profile photo. Go to Upload photo and on the left sidebar here I’ve got under
Media, Photos. Under Photos, I can expand that, and look at Albums. Under Albums I’ve
got Faces and there’s Gary and Jack. I can select Gary and, lo and behold, there are
the four photos that have my face in them. So now I can select one and use it here. You can do that in any App. So you can do
it in Pages, Numbers, Keynotes, obviously in the browser here, in Mail. Anything thing
where you can bring up that left sidebar to open a file to choose Media and then Photos.
You can then access your Faces album to quickly find people and use them in different apps
for different situations. So if you’re not using Faces right now in
Photos it’s time to start because this is an extremely useful feature. Even if you are
using them it’s good to go into Faces every once in a while and look at the suggested
faces below. Go into a Faces section here and then if there are more to be added it
will come up here with the button to add more faces and kind of clean things up. You’re
always adding more photos and you want to make sure you tie those faces in the new photos
to faces in the old photos and create these very useful Faces albums in the Photos app.

Dereck Turner

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