iPhoto Library

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  1. rayjay86 macrumors 6502

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    Hi guys,

    new to iPhoto. Just a quick question:

    I've always had my photos in separate folders before. Once I import them into iPhoto will I be able to delete the folders where the individual pictures files are?
    How do I get iPhoto to just import all the original files into its master iPhoto library file so that I can delete the individual folders/files that I have now?

    e.g. I have a folder with 20 photos in it form a vacation. once I import that folder into iPhoto I want to have iPhoto make copies of those pictures and categorize/index/store them however it does so that I can then delete the original folder with the 20 photos in it.

    Cheers
     
  2. igucl macrumors 6502a

    igucl

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    I have found the Help section included with iPhoto to be very informative on these types of questions.

    May I suggest taking a minute to peruse those Help files? You'll probably find answers to all your questions. They are nicely searchable, too.
     
  3. Elzander macrumors newbie

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    Hey,
    Once a photo is imported to iPhoto it is copied into the seperare iphoto library, it is then safe to delete your original file! Hope that helps! :D
     
  4. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    If memory serves, you want to read up on "Library Overview" and go from there.

    Before you start the import/deletion process make sure you have a good backup of your photos... just as insurance. An external HDD that you can tuck safely away afterwards will do the trick nicely.

    If you photos are organized theme/topic in your folders I would suggest importing them one folder at a time - takes more time initially - but allows you keyword effectively as you go, which is one of iPhoto's strengths.

    Luck.
     
  5. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

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    #5
    From iPhoto Help search on "import"

     
  6. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    This is not necessarily true... although I *THINK* it is true by default. It depends upon your iPhoto settings.

    /Jim
     
  7. Elzander macrumors newbie

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    Oh ok well i haven't fiddled with my settings so if you haven't then it should be fine you can check by right clicking on your iPhoto library icon and clicking show package contents - if your photos have been copied they'll be somewhere in there... :confused:
     

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