iphoto on imac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by vernod, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. vernod macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2011

    Just got an iMac and transferred my photos (was using picasa on my windows desktop). In picasa, I had all the original files in various folders under "pictures" Now that I have imported the pictures using iPhoto, do I need to keep the original files, or should I delete them? I mean have the files been copied to the iPhoto Library so that I can delete the original files, or is it like picasa where I still need the original files?

  2. will waters macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2011
    Great Britain
    Find out where they are kept on the computer, i would expect them to have been imported into iPhoto, but i cannot guarantee it, find out how much space is used for the originals, then check out you iPhoto library to find out how much they use up.

    If in doubt, DO NOT DELETE, it might be a bad mistake

    Hope this helps
    (if you need any more help, message me)
  3. Orion27 macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Photos are copied into iPhoto, i.e. you can delete the originals but I would back up my iPhoto Library first.
  4. Unkei, Apr 29, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2012

    Unkei macrumors member


    Apr 11, 2012
    Columbus, Ohio
    Just to be safe, I made a desktop folder called Photos, and save all pics after working in Photoshop to that folder. Subfolders for different projects could be placed in that folder. Don't know if you can select a place to save from iPhoto,
  5. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    You should be fine to erase the originals. It makes copies when it imports into iPhoto.

    But just to check, select a photo in iPhoto. Then go to FILE > REVEAL IN FINDER.

    It will take you to the photo in Finder. Switch to the column view and see where the photo is. If it's in the iPhoto folder in the 'Photos' folder then you're fine. It means it copied the files and you're free to erase your original files.
  6. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    It depends on which option you took - i.e. whether you have allowed iPhoto to manage your library, otherwise it will use the original locations, if I recall correctly.

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