PadGadget’s iPad Tips: Organizing Photos on your iPad

How to make photo albums on iPad 2As we get closer and closer to the launch of iOS 7, we are reminded of how fleeting our knowledge is of the iPad’s software. Today, we may be able to tell you how to sync your Notes app between devices. However, once Apple’s next mobile operating system is released, that could all go out the window.

Every week here at Padgadget, we offer tips and tricks to using your iPad to its fullest abilities. Last week, we told you how to load digital movies onto your iPad.

This week, we want to help you organize your photos better so that when you have a vacation slide show party, you don’t accidentally include pictures of your rare skin condition.

If you have hundreds of images on your iPad and often find yourself wanting to show them off to friends, but have to scroll upward for five minutes before you find the section you are looking for, we can help make it easier for you by showing you how to organize your photo collection better.

The first thing you should do if you have hundreds of images on your iPad is back them up onto your computer. I can’t stress this enough. Many friends of mine have lost the only pictures of their baby’s first steps because they didn’t back their iPad up. All you have to do is connect your iPad to your computer and sync it. Your images will be saved in iCloud and you won’t lose them if your device goes missing or breaks.

If you’ve already set up Photo Stream on your iPad, you’ll be able to access images from every other device that also has Photo Stream capabilities, including your Mac computer. If you don’t know how to set up Photo Stream, check out our how-to guide here.

The best way to organize your images is to put them into individual albums. That way, when you want to find a particular image, you won’t have to go searching through a virtual shoebox full of photos.

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To create an album, open your Photos app and tap the “Albums” tab at the top of the screen. Then, tap the plus (+) symbol in the upper-left corner. You will be asked to name the album. Once you’ve named it, a window will pop up for you to add photos from.

You can select photos from your camera roll, your Photo Stream, or other albums you’ve already created. For example, if you already have an album for “Vacations,” but you want to make a specific album for your Disneyland trip, you can include images from your Vacation album and they will appear in both places.

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To pick which section you want to add images from, tap the tab at the top of the screen. If you choose the Albums section, you can then select the particular album from within the section. If you choose the Photo Stream section, not only can you select images from your own Photo Stream, but you can also select images from streams that were shared to you by others.

Now that you’ve divided your photos into albums, it will be much easier to show pictures of little Jr. to Grandma and Grandpa without having to scroll through the dozens of pictures you took of last night’s BBQ.

You can also play each album as a slideshow to really make your vacation photos interesting. Just tap the “Slideshow” tab and choose which transition style you want to use. You can select from Dissolve, Cube, Ripple, Wipe, and Origami. You can also toggle the music player on or off and pick which song you want to use to coincide with your photos.

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If you want to display your slideshow on Apple TV, tap the first image and then select the Slideshow tab. When you select an image, a different set of options appears. Tap the Slideshow tab from the picture that you’ve selected and switch from iPad to Apple TV. You can also change the transition style and music options. If you are already in Apple TV, you’ll be able to choose your transition styles from the ones that Apple TV offers, instead of the ones on your iPad.

So, now you are ready to invite your reluctant friends over for some cheese and crackers and a vacation slideshow and they won’t leave before the fun begins.

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