macOS High Sierra

Create Smart Albums

A Smart Album automatically gathers and displays photos in your library that meet criteria you specify. For example, you can create a Smart Album that automatically collects any photos that you keyword as showing children.

Thumbnail of Smart Album.

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Create a Smart Album

  1. Choose File > New Smart Album.

  2. Choose your criteria in the dialog that appears.

    You can set one condition or many.

    Create Smart Album dialog.
  3. Click OK.

    Your new Smart Album appears with your other albums.

From now on, Photos automatically updates your Smart Album, adding new photos that match the criteria and removing photos that no longer match.

Change the criteria for a Smart Album

  1. Select the Smart Album.

  2. Choose File > Edit Smart Album.

  3. Make your changes, then click OK.