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How to use Smart Albums to organise your shots in iPhoto

Take your iPhoto library to new levels of organisation with Smart Albums that can use rules to sort your shots

MainiPhoto is a great editor, but where it really excels is organisation. Add your shots to the app and you can add keywords, create albums and organise them using all sorts of filters, like location and faces. But you can also use all the information within the photos to create custom albums filled with shots that match specific criteria.

You can filter your shots by specific dates, pick out groups of friends and get photos containing all of them, or just find all the photos with a specific keyword. You can even sort photos depending on camera settings, such as aperture, ISO or camera model. The ability to add multiple rules for each album means you can create perfectly sorted selections of your shots every time.


Step 1

1 Create your album

To create a new album, click File>New Smart Album in the menubar. A menu will slide in from the top of the iPhoto interface to help you create your album with the rules.

Step 2

2 Give it a name

Before you go any further, give your Smart Album a name. Make sure it’s clear, as this is what will appear in the iPhoto sidebar, and as you add more albums it may get lost.

Step 3

3 Add a rule

Next, use the drop-down boxes to select the criteria for the rules you want to apply. The first box contains the main options, while the second lets you specify the rule.

Step 4

4 Be specific

Depending on the selection, the third box may be a text box or a drop-down menu. With the text box, you can be very specific about words in the title or description