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Do You Want To Create Smart Albums in Photos On Your Mac?

Create Smart Albums in Photos
Written by Hassan Abbas

Create Smart Albums in Photos: The Mac offers various “Smart” tools such as Smart Groups in Contacts and Smart Folders in Finder. So the question is why Smart Albums not in Photos? This amazing way of organizing photos into albums takes the burden off of you. Just to do it manually due to photos that match exactly your standard that will appear in the album automatically.

If you want to keep your screenshots, images, and photos assembled. But you don’t want to spend more time doing it, then here’s how to create Smart Albums in Photos on Mac.

Create a Smart Album in Photos

Open the Photos app on your Mac and follow these steps to create your first Smart Album.

Step 1:

Tap File > New Smart Album from the menu bar.

Step 2:

Input a Smart Album Name.

Step 3:

Choose a type in the first drop-down box in the condition section. You can also select from different choices like Photo, Title, Date Captured, Description, and much more.

Step 4:

The right side boxes will modify depending on what you choose in the first drop-down box. For example, if you pick Photo, you will choose is or is not. However, in the last drop-down choose from favorite, screenshot, portrait, selfie, or alternative kind of photo.

Step 5:

On the left side of the window, you’ll view the matching photos you have for that criteria. Once done, tap OK but if you want to add another condition, continue with the other step.

Step 6:

Also, if you want to narrow down the images for the album, simply add another condition. Tap the plus sign button to the right side of the first one.

Step 7:

Just follow the steps to select the other criteria set.

Step 8:

Also, choose all or any above the conditions. So decide if you like all conditions to apply or any of them.

Step 9:

Just continue adding conditions to get very particular with the photos you like in your Smart Album. When you complete, tap OK.

Your new Smart Album will appear in the Photos sidebar under My Albums.

Edit your Smart Album

You can make modifications to a Smart Album once you create it. Right-tap it in the sidebar and you’ll view choices to rename or remove/delete it. You can also edit it if you like to adjust the conditions such as delete one or add more.


Smart Albums in Photos are quite handy for automatically collecting photos of a wedding, vacation, or videos of your family or pets, etc. Are you going to give it a try? Let us know your thoughts below!

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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