About iCloud Drive Photos: Accessing Photos in iCloud Drive for viewing/editing on Mac

About iCloud Drive Photos: Accessing Photos in iCloud Drive for viewing/editing

How do I save my Photos Library [2,612 Photos, 35 Videos - 6.65 GB] on iCloud Drive as same size as Mac.

How do I view these iCloud stored photos rendered same size as on Mac in 'icon' (?) view

This is .HEIC ( (1.9MB on my Mac, but .jpeg (3.4Mb) in iCloud - why the different format?
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MARSPATHRetired EE/Computers/ITAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
iCloud is supposed to use full size.  Read the Apple article below (down to Save Space and see if you have set the MAC to save space on some photos.  

https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT204264

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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Welcome to the world of Apple where they decide how Photos are managed and not you I'm afraid.

In effect iCloud Photos is doing some "conversion" of your data as HEIC is not a universal image file format (for example Windows doesn't use it) and that is why the file format and sizes change.
The iCloud Photos service converts a range of RAW file formats into JPEG so that they are able to be viewed in the widest range of browsers and devices and some RAW file formats require plugins for certain OS browsers & platforms.
MARSPATHRetired EE/Computers/ITAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help managing Mac Photos. I am looking into off-line HD photo library as most  photos are used 1 time, then stored.
MARSPATHRetired EE/Computers/ITAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help managing Mac Photos. I am looking into off-line HD photo library as most  photos are used 1 time, then stored.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update - Happy to help
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