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When you have a digital camera, it's pretty much inevitable that your photo collection is going to grow larger year after year. So it makes sense to take steps to ensure that you will be able to find certain photos, or types of photos, when you need to, later on. In previous movies, we saw how to organize your photos using Albums and Smart Albums. In this movie, I want to introduce a concept of tagging your photos, which is an ability common in most photo management applications. When you tag a photo, you are attaching a keyword, or multiple keywords, to the photos file. It doesn't involve having to create any special albums or everything, but it does have to be done manually, and is therefore a bit time consuming.
But tagging photos after you import them is a good habit to get into, because it makes finding your photos later much easier. For example, if you have just imported photos of your cat and dog, you might want to tag those pictures with the words "pets." Then sometime in the future when you want to find pictures of your pets, you can just search by keyword, and any photos of your pets you tagged, will then appear. So let's take a look at how to do this in iPhoto. I have these photos from my trips to Australia and the Hoover Dam, and I want tag them with keywords. So in iPhoto, I choose Window > Show Keywords. iPhoto has a handful of pre-created keywords in here, and you can make your own by clicking the Edit keywords button, but all I need to do now is to select the photos I want to tag - in this case, I will just drag and select all the photos in the Hoover Dam in Australia sets - and then click the appropriate keyword.
In this case, I will click Vacation. And you can see that each photo now has been tagged with the word "Vacation." And you can have multiple tags associated with your photos. For example, maybe I want to create a keyword by choosing edit keywords, I'll click the Plus button, and I will call this one overseas, and I will use this to tag any photos shot outside North America. So, now I will select my Australia photos, and I will tag those with overseas. So you can see now those photos are tagged with vacation and overseas.
And by the way, if you accidentally placed a wrong tag on a photo - for example, if I select the Hoover Dam photo and click overseas - just click the tag again to remove it. Go ahead and close that now. So it does take some time after importing to tag your photos, but now I can easily find the photos I have tagged. I just click the Search menu at the bottom of the Window, choose Keyword, which makes all of my keywords appear, and now I just click the keywords for the photos I am looking for. I will click Vacation. There are those. And you can search for photos with multiple keywords, so I will click Overseas, and that further narrows down my results, so now I am just seeing the photos I have both the vacation and overseas tags attached.
So that's a little bit on how to tag photos with keywords and how they are used. Try to get into the habit with your own photos each time you import a new set into your Mac.
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