Problems Importing Photos into iPhoto...

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  1. burrisie macrumors newbie


    Jun 24, 2007
    UPDATE (June 30th, 2007)
    I took my laptop into the Apple Specialist Store I got it from. After about and hour of trying to figure the problem out, we found out it was something in the photos. I had to open the photo in Photoshop, copy it, and paste it into a new Photoshop document. Was kind of a pain but it worked! (I think maybe it was a filter the photographer used on the black and whites.)

    Screen Shot of black and whites properly imported at the bottom

    I don't know what the deal is and I have never had this problem before, but now when I try to import photos into iPhoto...some of them don't import correctly. I end up with just a black thumbnail and an inverted looking full size photo when I click on it to view the whole thing. Any suggestions? Seems to be mostly the black and whites that are doing it. I am using iPhoto Version 6.0.6


    You can see the black thumbnails and the distortion on the photos when selected in the screen shots.

    Attached Files:

  2. M@lew macrumors 68000


    Nov 18, 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
  3. burrisie thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 24, 2007
    I deleted everything out of iPhoto already and tried importing back into iPhoto and still no luck.
  4. dsa157 macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2007
    Lake Zurich, IL
    I am having this exact same problem. It is only the images I have converted in photoshop from color to black and white. All the black and white images import into iPhoto 6.06 (322) and display as black thumbnails.

    Any help in figuring out what is going on would be most appreciated!

    Thanks in advance.

  5. burrisie thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 24, 2007
    Honestly, I don't know what the problem was. The photos I was having trouble with were the ones our photographer had converted over to black and white. I ended up having to copy the black and white, and paste it into a new photoshop document.
    Now that I think of it...after you
    convert it into black and white...try converting back to RGB color (the photo will stay black and white.) Save it that way then try to import. Let me know what happens because I am curious too. :)

    I tried converting it back to RGB after the back and white conversion. I saved both files under different names (same picture by the way.) Only difference is that I left one converted to the grayscale, the other I converted back to RBG after the grayscale. Check it out, it worked. Must just be a glitch in the iPhoto software. Hopefully they will come up with an update to fix the problem soon.

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  6. ljzo6 macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2007
    iPhoto Problems

    I am also having the same problems. I scanned a number of photos with the Epson v700. All at the same setting. I can see all of the photos in preview but when imported into iPhoto some appear black and others are fine. A couple of the "black ones" have a vague image imbedded in them when they are blown up. They import and act find in Aperture. I then tried exporting them from Aperture but when they imported to iPhoto the problem comes back. Anyone else know what could be causing this?
  7. maluz macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2008
    Black Thumbnails Solved easy

    Hi guys, try to select your black thumbnails in

    iPhoto - File - Export.

    Than go to

    Adobe Bridge - Tools - Photoshop - Image Processor

    and set export in the same location like a JPG image with quality 8-9 its the same like your exported files are... than Confirm Process.

    Wait and go inside the JPEG folde what appear inside your iPhoto exported folder. Now you see Processed images, so simply delte the old ones from iPhoto library and import the new processed ones. And they apper in I photo absolutely OK. Delete the stuf what you export and process before. DONE :)
  8. don1 macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2009
    Repair black thumbnails in 4 steps

    1. Click the black thumbnail.

    2. Click the ADJUST icon.

    3. Move the "Brightness" slider slightly off 0 (zero) : right or left.

    4. Click "done".

    Thumbnail is corrected and picture is corrected.
  9. RussLyman macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2009
    iphoto trouble

    Ok I didn't know where to post this question so this was the closest I could get to my problem, if anyone can help me with it. When I go onto a website like myspace, or facebook, and I want to upload a picture. I click the browse button and than I go to go into my iphoto library but it will not let me select it to find a picture only photo booth. Now i have some pictures in photo booth but all my pictures are stored in the iphoto library, is there any way to fix that. The icon is not selectable.

  10. aijil macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2009
    A very easy fix

    I am using iPhoto 8 and had the same b/w photo turning into black thumbnails after import. I discovered an easy fix for it -

    1) Select the Thumbnail
    2) Select from the top menu Photos->Revert to Original

    You are done! ;)

    The previous method I used that also worked was:

    1) Hold Cmd+Opt and at the same time start iPhoto, this brings up a pop-up window
    2) On that window, select Rebuild All of the photos' Thumbnails option and continue

    This is much slower compared to the former method I just discovered today.
  11. Man of Wisdom macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2010
    How to import black and white photos into iPhoto

    I experienced the problem of black and white jpeg photos not importing into iPhoto (v8.1.1), but I just solved it. Here's how:

    I used a free piece of software called Contenta Converter BASIC (link to follow) to convert the jpegs to a format that iPhoto accepts; the strange thing was that I just converted them to jpegs. But the fresh files work a treat. :)

    Here is the link to the software. I hope it helps.

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