Create and work with albums in Photos on Mac
You can create albums to better organize your photo library.
Create an album
In the Photos app on your Mac, do one of the following:
Create an empty album: Choose File > New Album, or position the pointer over the sidebar next to My Albums and click the Add button , then choose Album.
Create a new album from a group of photos: Select the photos you want in a new album, then choose File > New Album With Selection, or Control-click one of the selected photos and choose Add To > New Album.
Type a name for your new album in the sidebar and press Return.
Tip: To set an album’s key photo—the photo that represents the album in the Photos window—double-click the album to open it, select a photo, then choose Image > Make Key Photo.
Add photos to an existing album
In the Photos app on your Mac, select the photos you want to add.
Do one of the following:
Drag the selected photos to an album in the sidebar, or Control-click a selected photo and choose Add To > [album name].
Control-click one of the selected photos and choose Add To > [album name].
Drag the thumbnail in the selection indicator at the top of the window to an album in the sidebar.
Tip: To add photos to an existing album from a folder in the Finder, drag the folder to the album in the sidebar. If you selected the “Copy items to the Photos library” option in Photos settings, the photos are added to your Photos library. To save storage space, you can delete the photos from the folder in the Finder.
Remove or rearrange photos in an album
In the Photos app on your Mac, double-click the album to open it.
Do any of the following:
Order photos by date: Choose View > Sort, then choose Keep Sorted By Oldest First or Keep Sorted By Newest First.
Rearrange photos manually: Drag the photos into the order you want.
Order photos alphabetically by title: Choose View > Sort, then choose Keep Sorted By Title.
Move photos to a different album: Select the photos, then drag them to another album in the sidebar. You can also Control-click the photos and choose Add To > [album name].
Remove photos from an album: Select the photos, then press Delete, or choose Image > Remove [number] Photos from Album.
The photos are removed only from this album, not from other albums in your photo library. If you accidentally remove a photo from an album, choose Edit > Undo to restore it.
Note: You can’t delete photos from a Smart Album or from the albums created for you, such as Videos or Bursts. The photos are added to these albums automatically based on the search criteria of the album. You can delete selected photos from your entire library and iCloud Photos by pressing Command-Delete.
In the Photos app on your Mac, click My Albums in the sidebar.
Do any of the following:
Rename albums: Control-click an album, choose Rename Album, then type a name for the album.
Duplicate albums: Control-click an album, then choose Duplicate Album.
Merge albums: Drag an album into another album.
Order albums by date: Choose View > Sort, then choose By Oldest First or By Newest First.
Rearrange albums manually: Drag the albums into the order you want.
Order albums alphabetically by title: Choose View > Sort > By Name.