With its various “Moments,” “Collections,” and “Memories,” the iOS Photos app has become almost as confusing and frustrating to use as Apple Music. (Don’t get me started.)

But once you get your bearings, there are still plenty of nifty things you can do with your snapshots in Photos. From creating instant, one-tap movies and pasting shapes and captions in your pictures to publishing galleries on the web and undeleting recently trashed images, here are some tips on making the most of Photos.

Create an instant photo movie

It’s no longer enough to send friends and loved ones a photo album of your beach vacation—instead, you’re supposed to share a video message, complete with a dynamic slideshow of your snapshots, title cards, and even theme music.

Create an instant movie Ben Patterson / IDG

Tap the heading for a Collection or Moment in the iOS Photos app, and you’ll find an instant photo-movie waiting for you.

Luckily, the Photos app for iOS is ready for the instant photo-movie trend, and it’s already done most of the heavy lifting for you.

If you open Photos, tap the Photos tab, then tap the heading (usually a date range) for a Collection or a Moment (assuming the Moment includes enough photos), you’ll see a pre-made instant movie based on your photos and videos near the top of the screen.

Tap the Play button, and the instant movie—basically a Ken Burns-style slideshow, complete with transitions and a soundtrack—will begin. Tap the screen again, and a slider will appear beneath the movie; swipe the slider to change the style and music for the movie, with options ranging from Happy and Uplifting to Epic and Extreme.

In the bottom-right corner of the screen is an Edit button; tap it, and you’ll get even more editing tools, including the ability to change the movie’s title card, tweak the clip’s running time, add or remove photos, and pick a new soundtrack (either canned or from your own music collection).

Once you’re done editing, tap the Action button (the square one with the upward arrow) to save your mini-movie to your iOS device, share it via mail or text message, post it on Facebook, or even upload it to YouTube.





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