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Organizing and Searching

Information and your Images
Your digital photos will have some information associated with them.  In addition, you can add information to each of your images such as a title, description, and keywords.  This information can help you to better organize and locate your images.

To see what information, or metadata, is already associated with your image, select an image from your library.  Next, click on the “i” icon at the bottom pane.

Red text indicates where the information tab is located.   A close-up of the information window.
Select a photo and then the information tab at the lower left. The information window should appear in the Source list.

Information such as the name, date of creation, format, and size of the file will be displayed in an Information panel at the bottom of the Source list.  You can change the title, date, and time fields by selecting them and typing in the changes. You can also add descriptions to your images by selecting an image, clicking on the “i” tab, and then typing or pasting a description into the “Comments” field.  You can type up to 1000 words in this field.

To find out even more information about your image, right click on the image and select “Show Info.”  Browse the three ‘Photo Info” tabs, “Photo”, “Exposure”, and “Keywords”.  Under the keywords tab, you can choose from a list of preset keywords (Vacation, Birthday, etc) to associate with the selected image.  These will help you organize and find images according to the categories you‘ve selected.  Close the “Photo Info” window by clicking on the small grey tab at the upper left corner of the window.

To add keywords to the preset list: from the main menu, click on iPhoto --> Preferences, and then select the Keywords icon.  Click the “Add” tab and type in your category name.  To remove keywords from the list, highlight the keyword and click on the “Remove” tab.  To close the preferences window, click the red ‘X” at the upper left.

There is another way to assign keywords to your images.  First, select the key icon from the lower panel, below the Source list.  An expandable and contractible list of keywords should appear.  Select an image or a group of images and drag them to the keyword that you would like to be associated with them. 

Close-up picture of purple shirt in viewing area; dragging the image to the keyword to assign it.
Assigning the keyword “First day on the job” to this photo.

You’ll see that the keywords you associate with your images will be listed below each image. (The keywords will not be displayed if the image is displayed full screen.) 

The best part about all these information features is that they’re searchable.  You can use the search field to search terms that might appear in your keywords list, metadata, or comments fields.

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