How To Create a Photo Book Using the Photos App on Your Mac

Last time, we talked about why organizing your pictures is an important task everyone should undertake. This time, we will show you how to organize them using a Mac computer and the photos app. We will teach you how to use the app, including how to make albums for your various groups of pictures. After that, we will explain how you can upload those albums to the new Milk design studio. If you follow these steps, you will be well on your way to creating a new online photo book. Are you ready to do this? Let’s go.

Importing Your Photos

The photos app for Mac is the best place to organize, manage and see your photos, but before you do that, you have to import them. Do not worry. Importing is simple. You just have to pick which method you want to use.

Method 1: iCloud

iCloud allows sharing of data between all your devices, using a cloud network. It also allows you to import your photos. This method is especially useful if you have photos you have taken on your iPhone or iPad that you want to be able to manage using your mac. As a bonus, you do not even have to sync your phone or iPad for this to work. All you need to do is turn on iCloud photo library on your Mac and the other device. To do this on your Mac, go to system preferences. In the categories pane, click iCloud. This will open the iCloud pane. Look in the services list and check the check box next to "Photos".
On your iPhone or iPad, tap settings. Under settings, tap on your apple ID at the top of the page. From the resulting window, you can then tap on iCloud. This opens a window that shows you all your iCloud data and settings. If the switch next to photos is off, tap it to turn it on. That is really all there is to it.

Method 2: Sync

If you do not have an iPhone or iPad, or if your iPhone or iPad does not support iCloud photo library, do not fear. You can still import those photos! You will simply need to sync your device. To do this, first attach your device to your computer using the included USB cable. Make sure that your device is switched on and that it is set to the proper mode for importing photos. If your device has a sleep mode, make sure that either you disable it or that it is set for a long enough increment to give your pictures time to download.
On your mac, open the photos app. Click the device you are using under import in the sidebar. The import pane will open, showing you all your photos. Either click import all new photos, or select the ones you want to import by clicking on them and then clicking Import with a number behind it. That is the number of pictures you selected... If you are asked whether you want to keep the pictures, click keep to keep them on your camera or delete to delete.

Method 3: Storage Media

If you want to import photos from hard disks, flash drives or other storage media, this is the method for you. Begin by connecting the device to your Mac. When your drive appears on the screen, click on it to launch a finder window. Drag (or copy/paste) files from the finder window to the photos window.
Alternatively, you can go to the photos app and click file/import. Choose the pictures you want and click import with the number behind it to import only the selected Photos... If you want to import all the photos on the device, click Import All New. It is very important that you do not disconnect the device while the photos are importing. This can damage your device. Imported photos will appear in the “Last Imported”album in the sidebar.

Method 4: From Other Apps

Isn’t it a pain when you go to a party and forget your camera? If you can get someone to text or email you their photos from the event, you’re left trying to figure out how to get them organized into your photo library… until now. Photos allows the importing of images from other apps such as messages or mail, and here is how to make that happen.

If you are using a web-based mail client like Yahoo or Gmail, do not worry. You can still import those precious memories. If you are using Safari, simply control-click the image you want to import from the email and choose “Add to Photos.”
If you are using another browser, control click the photo in the email, and save it to your computer as you would if importing from another app.
You can even import from a text message. There are several ways to do this. You can either drag the picture from the message window to the Photos icon in the dock, drag the photo from the messages window to the desktop and then to the Photos window or control-click the photo in the message and then choose add to Photos library.

Editing Your Photos

If you are like most of us, some of your photos will have red-eye and blur. It is also possible you might want to remove something from a picture, for example the distracting billboard your friend was standing in front of. With Photos, you can recolor the picture, as well as cropping to get the best framing.
When you edit, photos keeps your original picture in memory. That way there is less anxiety and less fear of cropping something horribly. You simply have to click undo.
There is not even any reason to go edit every place that photo shows up in your library. Photos makes sure that your edits apply to all copies of that photo, no matter where it is.

Straightening Your Photos

Photos usually rotates the pictures during import, if you needed to turn your camera ninety degrees to take a photo. However, it may not always do this, or you may need to rotate a picture for another reason.
To rotate a picture, simply rotate the photo and choose rotate clockwise. That should put your picture right-side-up.

Cropping and Straightening

Sometimes, a picture is unintentionally taken at an angle. You can straighten these pictures. You can also crop your pictures to make sure that they look their best.
To crop or straighten a photo, double-click it and then click the edit button. From the edit menu, click crop.
If you want to automatically crop the photo, click auto.
If you would prefer to do it manually, drag the selection rectangle on this page to enclose the area you want to keep in the picture.
To crop the picture to a certain size, click Aspect, and then choose the aspect ratio that’s right for your project.
To flip the image horizontally click the flip button. To flip it vertically, option click the flip button. To remove the crop or straighten you have done, simply click reset.
Now that our pictures are straight and have the best framing they can it is time to discuss how they are organized by default and how you can customize things to best suit your preferences.

Automatic Organization

The Photos app automatically organizes your images in a number of ways to help you find things easily.
Moments are groups of pictures taken around the same time and at the same place, for example your child’s birthday party.
Collections are groups of related moments, for example several different birthday parties. The years view, just like the name suggests, puts together the photos from the current year.
However, some people don’t want their photos organized this way. For example, you might want to organize your pictures by the name of the person who is in them, a specific event, or any number of other events. If you want to organize your pictures in this manner, you will need to create albums.

Creating an Album

Creating an album is a really easy process. In this section, we will show you how.
If you already know which pictures you would like in your album, go ahead and select them before following the next steps as they will be included in your new album. If you do not know which pictures you want in your new album, create your album and then move on to the next step.
To create an album, first launch Photos if it is not already open. Then either click file/new album or click create in the toolbar and then choose album. Click the album pop-up menu and choose new album. A dialog will open. Type the name of the album you want to create, for example “Times My Dog Was Adorable" When you have typed in the name, click okay.

Adding Photos To The Album

Adding photos to an existing album is super easy! Simply open the sidebar, and drag the photos you want to add into the proper album. It’s really that simple. Now all the pictures you wanted to group together are just where you want them.

The Milk Book Design Studio

Now that you have your albums, it is time to import them from Photos to MILK Books’ new design studio. This is the next generation in online photo book creation. The interface is simple and intuitive. You can upload background images, drag and drop pictures to move them around, and work with actual image spreads just like a publishing company. But before you do any of this, it is necessary to import your photos.

Importing Your Photos to The Design Studio

Importing albums may sound daunting but it really isn’t. MILK makes it easy!
Simply click Photos in the media column on the left-hand side of the MILK Books import window. Choose the album you want to upload and the photos you want to import. Then click the open button, and you’re done! Your photos will begin importing.
Once the process is completed, it is time to have fun. You can use the design studio to play around with your images. It is possible to crop your pictures, edit to remove blur, red-eye and color.
You can also experiment using layouts. Create a page design and use the previewer to see what it will look like. If you don’t like it, you can change the parts that do not match what you are going for.
Text is an important part of any online photo book. Though the pictures should primarily tell the story, the text can add a lot of context. The MILK Design studio allows you to add text to your image layouts, as well as to cover pages.


Using the Photos app is easy. It takes all the guesswork out of importing, editing and managing pictures, allowing you to have professional-looking results, even if you have not had much practice with photo manipulation.
The new MILK design studio is a perfect partner for your Photos app. MILK takes the guesswork out of creating online photo books, making it as simple as importing your photos and creating your layouts. Using the MILK Design studio, a photo book of your family memories is right at your fingertips. You just have to reach out and grab it.