Apple made changes to iCloud.com and made it easier to download iCloud photos in bulk. Redditor u/BruteSentiment discovered the change.

[Photos: How to Import to a Specific Album]

Bulk Management

Instead of clicking each photo one-by-one, you can now hold down the shift key and click photos to select multiple ones at a time. However, there is a caveat. Photo quality is reduced if you download photos individually. But if you download in bulk, photos and videos will remain the original size.

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Your photos and videos will be downloaded in a zip file. Additionally, Live Photos will be download a zip file with a JPEG and .MOV file.

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Patf

Too bad this isn’t made clear by apple. The discussion came up here. https://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/atlxnh/psa_about_downloading_from_icloud_photos_it/