iPhoto album question

Discussion in 'Mac Applications and Mac App Store' started by richxps, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. macrumors 65816

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    Hi, when I create new albumns in iPhoto is this creating another copy of my photo, which than increases the size if my iPhoto library ?
     
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    Weaselboy

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    No it does not create another copy of the photos. The album is just a pointer to the original.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's for the reply, why than does it seem to have doubled in size ? I have 11k photos and its over 45 gb
     
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    Weaselboy

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    It would not be from the albums. One thing that does happen though is when you bring up a photo and adjust/edit it in any way, like to fix red-eye or brighten it up... iPhoto keeps the original photo and creates a duplicate edited photo. So if say you import 30 photos and edit them all... you end up with 60 photos stored on the drive.
     
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    Thanks again, I never made any adjustments, all I did was transfer my library from a external hd to my Mac , I'm thinking 11k photos should be around 30gb ,
     
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    Weaselboy

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    That sounds about right to me too. Click a recent photo in iPhoto then do command-i to see the photo info to look at the size. If you are saving really high res. photos in some ginormous file size, I guess that could all add up.

    I have about 6,000 photos and the library is 8GB. Some of my older photos are relatively low res. though.
     

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