Moving Pictures Between Albums

owleyes

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Apr 7, 2015
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How do I move a photo from one album to another? In iphoto there's a column on the left side with a visual list of each album, allowing drag and drop between them.


- Steve
 

kieru

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Apr 9, 2015
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If you don't already have the album created, you can create a new album and will be presented with an opportunity to select which photos to add to the album.

If the album already exists it's sort of stupidly-hidden:

View -> Show Sidebar

From here just click say... "All Photos" to see all of your photos. You can drag photos from here into any Album.

Hope that helps.
 

alksion

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Sep 10, 2010
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Orange County CA
If you don't already have the album created, you can create a new album and will be presented with an opportunity to select which photos to add to the album.

If the album already exists it's sort of stupidly-hidden:

View -> Show Sidebar

From here just click say... "All Photos" to see all of your photos. You can drag photos from here into any Album.

Hope that helps.
Question. On import. I try to start sorting my "Last Import" into my current albums. The issue is that my imports are usually fairly large and I have numerous albums. I start sorting my photos in "Last Import", but because the photos in this section that I move to different albums stay in place, I become confused with which photos I've moved and which ones I have not.

Do have any suggestions for this initial moving from import to albums without mixing up which photos I've already moved in the process?
 

chavameli

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Apr 16, 2016
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Thanks for explaining this. I highlighted a bunch of photos and when I try to drag them all into the folder I want, it just makes a copy and leaves the originals behind. Is there a way to get them out of the list of all photos, or will I just have to make a bunch of folders so I don't have to see all of them together?

If you don't already have the album created, you can create a new album and will be presented with an opportunity to select which photos to add to the album.

If the album already exists it's sort of stupidly-hidden:

View -> Show Sidebar

From here just click say... "All Photos" to see all of your photos. You can drag photos from here into any Album.

Hope that helps.
 

ApfelKuchen

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Aug 28, 2012
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Between the coasts
It helps to understand what Albums are - Albums are somewhat like web pages. You have one master image (the one you see in the Photos view) - that same image can appear in many Albums, if you wish (like the graphic at the top of a web page). The image in the Album is not the original, and it's not a physical copy, it's a link to the original - that keeps the size of your library manageable.

So, you can add a photo to an Album, but it does not remove it from where you obtained it - you're not moving it at all. In my case, I create an "overall" album on a particular topic, and also a best-of album for that topic. The same photo appears in both. I drag the "best of" from the "overall" album, but can still find the photo in both Albums.
 

Dave Braine

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Mar 19, 2008
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Question. On import. I try to start sorting my "Last Import" into my current albums. The issue is that my imports are usually fairly large and I have numerous albums. I start sorting my photos in "Last Import", but because the photos in this section that I move to different albums stay in place, I become confused with which photos I've moved and which ones I have not.

Do have any suggestions for this initial moving from import to albums without mixing up which photos I've already moved in the process?
Create a Smart Album with the following parameters:


That will show any of your photos that aren't in Albums.
 

chavameli

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Apr 16, 2016
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Thanks Apfelkuchen! I take a lot of work photos so I was hoping to move them out of the general feed but maybe the easiest way to do that is to hide them. Do you know if there's any way to make the most recent pics show up when I go to upload a photo? It is cumbersome to scroll down to the end every time.
 

ApfelKuchen

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We each have to evolve our own workflow.

I use the Photos views (Years/Collections/Moments) the least - it's effectively a master catalog that includes every shot you've taken. Most of the time, I find my images by other criteria.

I create Albums by topic, and refer to Albums for the most part. For my work images, I have a folder structure going several levels deep. As I mentioned in my previous post, I often create "best of" albums for a particular topic/shoot - no need to hide the less-desirable images, just put the good ones where you can easily find them. And since the same photo can appear in many Albums without adding bulk to the library, the same images can show up in as many places as it makes sense.

As Dave Braine noted, Smart Albums are a wonderful tool. To do what you asked, you could create a Smart Album that shows only images from a certain date range, for example: Match the following condition: Date is in the last 2 weeks. Smart Albums are effectively permanent search results - as more photos are added to the library that fit the Smart Album's criteria, they appear automatically. You could take advantage of Keywords to categorize all photos of a certain type (following an import of a work shoot, you could select all those images and assign the keyword "Work" to all of them in just a few clicks). You can then use those Keywords as part of a Smart Album's search criteria (Date is in the last 2 weeks + Keyword is Work).
 

chavameli

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Apr 16, 2016
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Thanks again for your super fast reply! I think that smart album with the time period would work best for me. I take pics of things to sell on line and I want to find them fast to create listings but not have them bogging down the flow of my personal pics. And creating special albums for those manually would be a waste of time.
 
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