Here’s How Apple Changed Sending a Photo in Messages in iOS 12

Before iOS 12, you’d tap the camera button in a Messages chat in order to share either a brand-new photo or a photo that had already been taken. In iOS 12, Apple changed things so tapping the camera button only lets you take a fresh photo. To find and send a photo that’s already [...]

By |2018-11-02T13:36:37+00:00November 20th, 2018|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Here’s How Apple Changed Sending a Photo in Messages in iOS 12

The Secret Keyboard Shortcut for Comparing Before/After Edits in Photos on the Mac

Photos on the Mac provides so many editing tools that it’s easy to lose track of how an edited image compares to the original. You can always use the Revert to Original command and then undo it, but that’s fussy. Instead, Photos provides a Show Original  button in the upper-left corner, between the window [...]

By |2018-09-13T16:18:19+00:00October 9th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on The Secret Keyboard Shortcut for Comparing Before/After Edits in Photos on the Mac

Apple Is Discontinuing Its Photo Printing Services—Here Are 7 Alternatives

Sad news: Apple is discontinuing its photo printing services, which enabled you to create and order physical prints, cards, calendars, and books from within Photos on the Mac. If you’re building such a project right now, be sure to place your order before September 30th, 2018. After that, Apple is directing users to download [...]

By |2018-08-08T18:12:19+00:00September 7th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Apple Is Discontinuing Its Photo Printing Services—Here Are 7 Alternatives

Remember That You Can Search for Nearly Anything in Your Photos Library

Apple’s Photos app on the Mac can identify thousands of different objects in your photos, so it’s easy to find photos based on their content. You can find objects (cars and trains), scenery (beaches and forests), and even some events (weddings and parades). This is both big fun and useful for those times when [...]

By |2018-07-07T11:38:09+00:00July 24th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Remember That You Can Search for Nearly Anything in Your Photos Library

Tired of Skewed Lines in Your Photos? Use the Camera App’s Hidden Level.

If you’ve ever photographed a sheet of paper or some other rectangular object, the image may have come out skewed because you inadvertently tilted the camera. The iOS 11 Camera app has a level feature to help you avoid this problem, but it’s so subtle that you may not have noticed it. To use it, [...]

By |2018-07-07T11:33:22+00:00July 10th, 2018|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Tired of Skewed Lines in Your Photos? Use the Camera App’s Hidden Level.

iCloud Photo Library Users: Do NOT Turn Off iCloud

File this warning under “unless it’s absolutely necessary.” If you use iCloud Photo Library on your Mac, don’t sign out from iCloud. Also, don’t deselect the iCloud Photo Library checkbox in either the Photos options of the iCloud pane of System Preferences or in the iCloud preferences in Photos itself. Why not? Because, when [...]

By |2018-03-01T17:16:10+00:00March 27th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on iCloud Photo Library Users: Do NOT Turn Off iCloud

Trading Faces: Picking a Better Face for People Photos Recognizes

Apple’s Photos app is remarkably good at identifying people in your snapshots and collecting all the pictures that contain a particular person into a group in its People view. At its top level, the People view shows a thumbnail photo for each person, picking one automatically from all the available photos. Needless to say, [...]

By |2018-02-01T19:47:03+00:00February 20th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Trading Faces: Picking a Better Face for People Photos Recognizes

Looking for More Image Editing Power than Photos Can Provide?

In macOS 10.13 High Sierra, Apple significantly enhanced the editing capabilities of Photos, adding tools for adjusting specific colors, fine-tuning color and contrast via curves, and even focusing an image with vignetting. But it still lacks many features found in other image editors, including applying a filter to an arbitrary portion of an image [...]

By |2018-01-03T17:32:40+00:00January 30th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Looking for More Image Editing Power than Photos Can Provide?

Merge Recognized Faces in Photos in Both iOS and macOS

An extremely welcome under-the-hood change in iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra is that Photos facial recognition syncs across iCloud Photo Library. Previously, people you identified on one of your devices remained unidentified on others. But what if Photos now identifies the same person twice, such that they have two separate entries in the [...]

By |2017-11-12T16:20:21+00:00November 21st, 2017|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Merge Recognized Faces in Photos in Both iOS and macOS

Learn to Use the Color Picker: Put Some Color in Your Mac

If you’re over 40, you probably remember the point in The Wizard of Oz where the movie switches from black-and-white to Technicolor (and if not, go see it!). It wasn’t the first color film, but the vibrant images of Dorothy’s ruby slippers, the yellow brick road, and the Emerald City helped make the movie [...]

By |2017-09-13T16:41:28+00:00October 20th, 2017|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Learn to Use the Color Picker: Put Some Color in Your Mac