finally made the switch to a mac! question about iPhoto

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by thatdude430, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. thatdude430 macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, I finally made a switch to the Mac! I now have a Mac Book Pro I got from UCLA (student discount = ftw)

    I just have a quick question about iPhoto. I noticed that when I import my pics into iPhoto, it makes another copy of the pics. So is it better to have iPhoto "organize" your photos for you (like import everything) or just to organize everything myself in the pictures folder?

    Thanks!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    You can do it either way. Go to iPhoto > Preferences > Advanced
     

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  3. soberbrain macrumors 65816

    soberbrain

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    I would suggest letting iPhoto organize for you. It's what iPhoto is made for and iPhoto can be accessed by other apps and vice versa. Check out iLife tutorials

    If you chose to use iPhoto, always make changes thru the actual iPhoto app. If you make changes thru the iPhoto folders in Finder, it may cause issues with your photos.
     
  4. Remiss63 macrumors newbie

    Remiss63

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    RE: iPhoto

    I have found it useful to keep a backup stored elsewhere (external HD, Time Machine, CD, DVD, etc.) and to import images directly to iPhoto. Once they are in the application, you should ONLY modify them using the application itself; you can remove modifications and get back to the original images within iPhoto. If you need to edit any of your photos outside of iPhoto (I do this regularly), the best way I've found is to EXPORT the image with your desired resolution and file format, then open the image from Photoshop, Picasa, or other program. I've found that each program has it's strengths and weaknesses, so certain tasks may be best accomplished on one or another program.

    If you modify images directly in the iPhoto folder (deleting, renaming, copying, moving, etc.) you will screw up the iPhoto library. It will become 'corrupted' and you'll start to see 'blank' icons show up instead of your photos. You can 'rebuild' your library, but it isn't a perfect process.

    Also, iPhoto makes it easy to create backup disks from within the application. That way you can safely import all your photos into the program, then create disks with the originals to be filed for safe keeping.

    If you have many photos stored (as I do), you will probably want to get the iPhoto Library Manager. This allows you to have separate libraries rather than 15,000 Events.

    http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/

    It is available free as well as with advanced features for $20. Well worth it if you deal with lots of photos.
     

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