iPhoto 6: Non-destructive?

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  1. Josh macrumors 68000

    Josh

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    I've looked all over the net, here, on Appple's site, and elsewhere, but found no mention of this topic.

    Does anyone know if the photo editting in iPhoto 6 is non-destructive, similar to that in Aperture?

    For exmaple, when you edit a photo, is an original, in untouched condintion, backed-up and saved, or do your changes take effect and replace the original, thereby 'destroying' it?

    Any info is greatly appreciated!
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    You can always revert to original in iPhoto. This has been there for quite a few versions. What you cannot do (which I believe you can in Aperture) is go back and alter one of the changes once it's applied. Revert is all or nothing.
     
  3. Josh thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Really? So if I edit a pic in iPhoto, and say a month later, would like to edit again, I can pull up the original (not the edited version), and apply a different edit?

    The reason I ask, is because I did some wedding photos once, and accidentally turned a really great color photo to black and white. I have never been able to revert it to its original condition.

    I know I can edit+undo for 1 change or so, but I never knew that I could revert to an original after several edits, or a long amount of time has passed, or after I've editted several other images.

    I must be overlooking the option somwehere.:confused:

    Since then, I have *never* made any sort of adjustment to a photo in iPhoto, and all pics I take for print or that are not just 'snapshots' I keep them clear of iPhoto and export them out right away. I'd like to use iPhoto for just casual photos, but sometimes casual photos need a little adjustment, but I don't want to make any changes at all if I can never go back to the original.
     
  4. lopresmb macrumors 6502

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    should be able to, just look for the revert to origional command down at the bottom of the edit menu I believe and that should to the trick - just remember like was said that you'll loose all the changes you made.
     
  5. redeye be macrumors 65816

    redeye be

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    It's in the "Photos" menu.
    At the bottom: "Revert to original"

    Cheers
     
  6. dr427 macrumors regular

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    Another idea...

    In both iphoto 5 & 6 there is a folder called "originals".

    Hardrive > Pictures > iPhoto Library > Originals

    There is also a folder called "modified".

    Find that folder and you should be good to go!
     
  7. Josh thread starter macrumors 68000

    Josh

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    Thanks for the tips everyone, it's definitely a life saver!
     

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