Google Photos

Once the photos have been uploaded, it is time to add them to Albums and edit them in Google Photos. The Albums are for the best photos. Editing options include color filters, basic adjustments, and cropping. 

Of course, other photo editing platforms do exist. Scroll down to the bottom and learn more about PicMonkey and Canva.

Please note that Google Photos is not open for students under age 13. Teachers, however, do have access to the app. One solution is to have authorized student editors use the teacher's computer (without knowing the password) to organize the yearbook photos. The albums are then linked to the yearbook spreadsheet so that the remaining students can access them. Learn more about yearbook organization here.

Why Should You Create a Google Photos Album?

Students may take thousands of photographs, but not all of those photographs will go into the yearbook. Student editors should go through the photos on a weekly basis and select the very best ones to be placed in the Google Photo Album for that group.

For the 2017-2018 yearbook, students created Albums for 39 different groups. A link to the photo albums was shared via a Google Sheets Table of Contents.

Create a Google Photos Album

  1. Select multiple photos to be added to an Album.
  2. Click on the + sign.
  3. Select Album.
  4. Either Create a new album or select one that has been created.
  5. If desired, Get linkGoogle Sheets Table of Contents and add it to a for easy access.
Google Photos Album
  1. Go to
  2. Select a photo.
  3. Click on the pencil icon.
Google Photos Editing Tool

Color filter

The first option allows the user to choose filters. Filters can be used to bring out the best color. What is the theme of the yearbook? Stay consistent.

Edit photos

color filter

Basic adjustments

Use Light to make the image lighter or darker. This option includes exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks and vignette. With Color, change the photo's saturation, warmth, tint, skin tone and deep blue. Pop sharpens the image.

Google Photos Basic adjustments

Image crop

Images can be cropped with aspect ratio. This includes freehand cropping, squares, and pre-determined ratios. Images cannot be resized to a specific size such as 2.5 inches. However, the image can be rotated.

When cropping an image, keep in Rule of Thirds in mind.

Google Photos Crop

Facial Recognition

Another reason to use Google Photos is facial recognition.