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Learn iPhoto Week: Add keywords to your photos

Part Five of Learn iPhoto Week makes searching for images much simpler by adding keywords to your snaps

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Main ImageThere’s nothing worse than having a huge library of pictures and not being able to find the one you want. We’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve trawled through our library on a searching mission and come away having not found the picture in question. In order to prevent this happening there is a very simple solution. Just add some well-chosen keywords to your pictures and they will then be easily searchable using the search field at the bottom of the iPhoto interface. If you have a really large library of pictures the idea of adding keywords can seem like an impossible task but it is possible to group select pictures and add keywords to multiple items. You can then do this by event so that much larger groups of pictures can be keyworded at once and then particularly special shots can have even more added to them. If you get into the rhythm of adding keywords upon importing the snaps then you’ll find your library much easier to navigate and will always be able to find a prized photograph.Header Bar

Step 11: Select them

Open up iPhoto and then select a single picture or a group of pictures which you wish to add keywords to. Select multiple images by holding the Shift or Cmd keys.

Step 22: Keep it simple

Click on the Info button at the bottom of the interface and then click into the Keywords section in the panel that appears. Begin typing your first keyword and then hit the Return key.

Step 33: And repeat

Repeat this process for each picture or batch of pictures until you have your library labelled and ready for searching. Keep a range of general and specific keywords to pull decent results.

Step 44: Test it

Use the search field at the bottom of the interface to test your keywording skills. Type in one of the keywords you have used and watch as iPhoto finds the relevant pictures.

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Annotated ImageThis tutorial is the fifth in our Learn iPhoto Week series; for more articles just like this, visit the Learn iPhoto Week tag. At the end of the week, we’ll be giving away a prize to one lucky person who gets in touch with a question or problem related to iPhoto on Mac or iOS. To get involved, simply tweet your question, plus the hashtag #LearniPhotoWeek, to @iCreateMagazine or post on our Facebook wall.

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