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Working with iPhoto - Getting Organized with Faces

To work along with our post today, you should already have your photos imported to your computer. If it’s your first time working with Apple’s iPhoto and haven’t done so yet, we recommend review this brief tutorial for getting set-up.

With digital cameras in abundance, built into our phones and PDAs, it is easy to become overwhelmed with the sheer volume of images that we collect over time. With iPhoto, users can easily and automatically use a variety of features to organize their collections.  Today, we’ll review the “Faces” feature for sorting your images. 


When browsing your photo library, you may select any photo containing a face to use as a starting point for iPhoto’s facial recognition feature. Once the image has been selected, you will see the image “Info” located on the right-hand side of your screen. (If this panel is displaying other options, please ensure the “Info” icon located at the bottom has been highlighted.) 

Apple iPhoto - Photo info icon

The Info area display the camera or device used to take the photo, the file name, and a list of faces (if applicable) within the image. iPhoto will automatically detect most faces and label the “unnamed” as you can see in our example below. 

Apple iPhoto - Photo info details

To add a name to a face, click on the “unnamed” item in the list.  This will highlight the face and prompt you to enter the subject’s name. (If you’ve connected your iPhoto with Facebook or other social network, you may find the subject’s name appear as you type.) Hit enter to confirm the name of the subject.

Apple iPhoto - Add name to face
Next, continue scrolling through your photos and adding names to subjects as you go.  As iPhoto recognizes the different subjects, it will “guess” the subjects’ names and ask you to confirm or correct its selection. Confirm by clicking the check mark, or correct it by clicking the “x”.
Apple iPhoto - Confirm face selection


To view the Faces iPhoto has organized with your help, click on the “Faces” menu item located in the upper left-hand corner of your working window.

Apple iPhoto - Select Faces Library

Here, you’ll find your  family and friends (among others, if you wish) sorted into their own albums.  To open a “Faces” album, double click on the subject of your choice. 

Apple iPhoto - Album list

These albums contains both the photos you have selected/confirmed as belonging to the a particular subject, and they also contain all other images that iPhoto has guessed belong there as well.

Apple iPhoto - Faces album

You may confirm the face in the photo by clicking the images once, or you may reject the name suggested by double-clicking on the the image. (Note: If you have a large collection of images matching a particular face, you can select multiple images at once by placing you pointer to one side of an image, then clicking and dragging to highlight all others that match.)

Apple iPhoto - Confirm additional images

Apple iPhoto - Confirm or reject
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