How to batch flip scanned images in iPhoto?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Rollie-girl, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. Rollie-girl macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2010
    Is it possible to flip a folder of photos which I have scanned into iPhoto the wrong way up? I can do it one at a time with "Elements", but a bit time consuming for me
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    If you have a ton of photos to rotate you can do this very quickly with Automator, but you can also rotate in iPhoto.
  3. Rollie-girl thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2010
    Thanks for your reply.
    I can see "rotate", but "flip" actually reverses the picture. I discovered that the writing appearing in a few pics was reversed. Alas too late as I have now done 60 odd old slides reversed. I always thought it was white side up, but now I am wrong!
  4. huntercr macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2006
    If you're doing that in iPhoto you can always revert to the original picture.
    ( or reverse it again )
  5. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea

    I don't have iPhoto in front of me, but search Help for Flip. I'd be surprised if it wasn't there. Select multiple images, and then Flip... if possible.

    However, as someone else has suggested, look at Automator. I have 10.5.8. I've confirmed that Automator has a "Flip" action, under Photos. It seems to use Preview (not iPhoto), so there is a bit of complication to getting this right. (If iPhoto doesn't have a Flip function.)

    1) Do a Backup. Just in case.
    2) Export (using iPhoto) all of the affected photos to a folder (or a set of folders if you have organized them that way.)
    3) Run your "Flip" Automator workflow.
    4) Once you have confirmed all is at is should be - use iPhoto to import these images back into iPhoto into a new set of Events/Albums/Folders (however you want to organize them).
    5) Once you have confirmed that these images are fine.... use iPhoto to delete the originals images.

    Don't move/manipulate images in the iPhoto library with non-iPhoto apps - you risk corrupting the iPhoto database. The 'export' moves the images outside of the library, and then you 'import' them back into the library.

    Good Luck...
  6. modular macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2009
    create a photoshop action and apply it to the directory of your images

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