macOS High Sierra

Arrange photos in a calendar

When you create a calendar, Photos automatically assigns a layout and places photos on the pages of the calendar. You can change the layout of a calendar page at any time. You can also choose the background color for the page.

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Change the layout of a calendar page

  1. Click a calendar under Projects in the sidebar.

  2. Select the top-half of a calendar page, or double-click the page you want to change.

  3. Click the Options button in the toolbar.

  4. Scroll through the available page layouts, then click a page layout to select it.

    The calendar theme you use determines the available page layouts.

    Calendar page at left with Layout Options window at right, showing page layouts.
  5. To change the background color, click a color in the color bar.

Change the size of a photo or add a filter

You can change the size of a photo in its frame and adjust how it’s positioned. You can also apply a filter to a photo, such as changing a color photo to black and white.

  1. Click a calendar under Projects in the sidebar.

  2. Double-click the month that contains the photo.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Resize a photo: Double-click the photo you want to change. Drag the Zoom & Crop slider to increase or decrease the photo’s size, and drag the photo to reposition it in the frame.

      Photo Options window with Zoom & Crop slider at bottom and effects options at the top.
    • Fit an entire photo within a frame: Control-click the photo and choose Fit Photo to Frame. (This command isn’t available for all themes.)

      If you fit a photo in its frame, blank edges may appear on the long sides of the photo so that the widest portion of the photo can fit within the frame.

    • Flip a photo within a frame: Control-click the photo and choose Flip Photo.

      When you flip photos, be aware that text or logos that appear in the photo may appear as a reversed mirror image.

    • Apply a filter to the photo: Click a filter to apply it.

Move a photo forward or backward on a page

Some calendar page layouts use overlapping photo frames. You can arrange overlapping photos by moving them forward and backward.

  1. Click a calendar under Projects in the sidebar.

  2. Double-click the page that contains the photo.

  3. Control-click a photo and choose Move to Front or Send to Back.