I had iCloud set up and working and it does work with photos taken from the camera (only). However, many iPad apps have an option to upload via "iCloud Photo Sharing" that seems to have nothing to do with the Photo Library in iCloud despite sharing with same logo.

For example, I created a so-called shared album with "iCloud Photo Sharing" on iPad and my iCloud does not show any change; similarly when I created a different album in Photo Library on iCloud, the "iCloud Photo Sharing" on my iPad cannot see it.

I was using the Vectornator app and could not save work (svg) to iCloud. This should be very simple but unfortunately is very confusing for a first time iPad user. How do I work with photos/images basic cloud-uploading not from camera but from app?

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iCloud Photo Sharing is a different service than iCloud Photo Library. iCloud Photo Sharing allows you to share an album with another iCloud user (friends, relatives...) while iCloud Photo Library is just a cloud-based storage provided by Apple.

Basically iCloud Photo Library allows you to store and organize images (either from camera roll or from apps)into albums and folders so you can access them on all your devices connected to iCloud an even from the web at icloud.com. albums and folders you created can be found at the "albums" tab of the iPad photo app.

On the other side iCloud Photo Sharing allows you to create a shared album that you can share via a link or directly to an iCloud user. This album is displayed in the "Shared" tab of your iPad photo app. removing this album won't delete the photos it contains from your photo library.

Concerning Vectornator app you have two options to save your work on iCloud:

  • Save the artwork to your iCloud Photo Library (export to PNG or JPEG)
  • Save the artwork as a file on iCloud Drive (export as PDF or SVG)

Note that iCloud Photo Library purpose is to save and organize photos, not professional work or other artwork so you must not (and cannot) save SVG files to iCloud Photo Library.

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    Thanks for the clarification. For a while there is no "Save to iCloud" from Vectornator. It turns out I need to download a (3rd-party?) app called "Files" (or "File Manager" or "Browser") before I can do that but under the so called "Continuity" tab. Confusing UI but it worked out.
    – SYK
    Commented Jul 25, 2018 at 14:27

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