iPhoto Smart album- subfolders

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by SLO-Jure, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. SLO-Jure macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2012
    Hello guys.

    Im learning to organize my photos in Iphoto.

    I like using Smart albums, but is there a way that Smart album would show photos in groups(like in events) instead of just photos?

    For example:

    Smart album 2012 now shows list of all 2012 photos, but I would like to see events witch take place in year 2012.

    Thanks for your help!

  2. Tulani macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2012
  3. SLO-Jure thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2012
    Please explain..:)
  4. Tulani macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2012
  5. SLO-Jure thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2012
    Thanks, but I would like to stay with Iphoto.
    Any more suggestions?
  6. Big Stevie macrumors 6502a

    Big Stevie

    Jun 20, 2012
    I dont think you can have Events within a smart album.

    A quick way to look at all photos within a particular year is to click on the magnifying glass bottom left, click on the little upside down triangle, and then choose date. Then scroll through the date options.
  7. Spikeywan macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2012
    Don't you just create a "2012" folder, with sub folders like "Slapping My Brother", "Kicking a Horse", "Leopard Baiting", etc?
  8. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    No, you can't have 'sub-folders' inside a Smart Album. A Smart Album is created dynamically - that is, as photos that meet the criteria are imported, they are automatically added to Smart Album. Or deleted - depending on what you are doing.

    My recommendation is is to create a Folder called 2012, and then park all of the Smart Albums that deal with 2012 inside that. You could still have a catch all 2012 Smart Album inside the 2012 Folder for anything that didn't fit in the other categories.

    I use Lightroom, but the concepts here are the same. I often have a Folder named for project. Inside that Folder I will add both Smart Albums and regular Albums. Occasionally I will even have another Folder with Albums and Smart Albums inside that 1st Folder. Because you can collapse the view is it easy to navigate and find what you are looking for.

    To further organize things I also have 3 Top Folders. Clients (work that someone has paid me to do), SelfWork (my own work), Family (which is Friends and Family, and are basically just snapshots). When I want to find something I just need to decide which Top Folder it would be in, and I'm then only looking at roughly a third of my images at any time.

  9. clillbinton macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2013
    There are two options to group a smart album by events:

    1. Add a (useless) rule to the smart album for a permanent solution:
    Event does not contain xxxxxx

    I used exactly this rule. As i don't have an event named 'xxxxxx' in my library the other rules are not harmed but the view is grouped by events. You have to deselect/select the smart album once after editing the rules to make it work.

    2. A temporary solution:
    - select the smart album
    - click Search or press cmd + F
    - enter a . in the search field (a single dot - as every filename contains a dot the search result will contain all images from the smart album and the view is grouped by events)

    One more useful tip: to open/close all events click on the little arrow next to the event name while pressing the 'alt/option' key.

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