iPhoto Importing Question

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by h1r0ll3r, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    When importing photos into iPhoto, does iPhoto make an exact copy of the photo when importing it into the database? Or does it compress the file to a certain degree? I have 12MP photos and I just wanted to make sure that the full, uncompressed file is imported and not a miniature version.
  2. ctakim macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2006
    My understanding is that the full quality version is stored under originals and a thumbnail version is also made.
  3. musukosan macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2008
    This doesn't answer your question, but incase you are interested and didn't know, I thought I would share.

    You don't HAVE to have iPhoto copy your photos into a library if you don't want to. You can just have iPhoto point to their location. You have to make a new library to do this though (as far as I know.)

    To do that, hold down the option key when you start iPhoto, then name your library. Click on iPhoto in the menu bar, then preferences. Click on Advanced and uncheck "Copy items to the iPhoto Library".

    Of course, you CAN change this in your current library, but I believe that only effects future imports. It doesn't change the photos you've already imported (copied) to your library.

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