Transfering pics into iPhoto.... does it make a duplicate pic?

urbantea

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I have other pics from friends....on my computer. when I click and drag them into iPhoto , does that make duplicates of all my pics?

Also, when I delete a picture in iPhoto (that i originally transferred from a folder of pics), does that also delete the picture in my original folder?
 

swindlenz

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I have other pics from friends....on my computer. when I click and drag them into iPhoto , does that make duplicates of all my pics?

Also, when I delete a picture in iPhoto (that i originally transferred from a folder of pics), does that also delete the picture in my original folder?
Lol, I just finished reading about this! New to Mac.

Short answer, yes. It is photo management software designed to handle the files. Once you import you delete from original location.

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2424038?start=0&tstart=0

There is a wee bit to it however, so have a read. Not really something someone wants to mess up.
 

urbantea

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Well to be clear, I am not importing from my Samsung PHONE to my MAC.

I am importing from my MAC (desktop folder), to iPhoto.
 

swindlenz

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Well to be clear, I am not importing from my Samsung PHONE to my MAC.

I am importing from my MAC (desktop folder), to iPhoto.
Yes, that will create a duplicate, or so I understand it. You can import and not duplicate the pictures, but a quick skim of the thread I posted will tell you there is a few tricks to it.
 

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I have other pics from friends....on my computer. when I click and drag them into iPhoto , does that make duplicates of all my pics?

Also, when I delete a picture in iPhoto (that i originally transferred from a folder of pics), does that also delete the picture in my original folder?
Yes, that does make a duplicate. The idea is once the photos are successfully imported into iPhoto, you delete the originals.

If you delete a photo in iPhoto it does not delete the original. There is no linkage between the two.
 

urbantea

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OKay thanks guys.

One more question.

IF I delete a photo in iPhoto AND empty the iPhoto trash, then that WILL delete the photo from my MAC , right??
 

urbantea

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Hmm.. I read somewhere else that if u empty the iphoto trash, it DOES deleete it from the system....

can someone else verify?
 

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OKay thanks guys.

One more question.

IF I delete a photo in iPhoto AND empty the iPhoto trash, then that WILL delete the photo from my MAC , right??
Hmm.. I read somewhere else that if u empty the iphoto trash, it DOES deleete it from the system....

can someone else verify?
I think maybe david misunderstood your question. If you drag photos into iPhoto to import them, then delete the originals, then you delete a photo from iPhoto and empty the iPhoto trash... that photo is gone forever.
 

davidinva

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I think maybe david misunderstood your question. If you drag photos into iPhoto to import them, then delete the originals, then you delete a photo from iPhoto and empty the iPhoto trash... that photo is gone forever.
Maybe. I keep most of my originals. Emptying your iPhoto trash doesn't affect the photos that you have stored elsewhere on your computer or external hard drives - just from iPhoto. (By the way, an iPhoto library can get very large in size - my 36,000 photos take up about 80GB of space.) My workflow is to take photos, transfer them to my Macbook via SD card, copy those I want into iPhoto. I use iPhoto primarily as a catalog. I use Photoshop Elements for photo editing. (I don't like the Organizer in PE.)
 

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Maybe. I keep most of my originals. Emptying your iPhoto trash doesn't affect the photos that you have stored elsewhere on your computer or external hard drives - just from iPhoto.
Agreed. I think what urbantea was asking was if he imported photos then deleted the originals, and then later deleted the photo(s) from iPhoto and emptied the trash in iPhoto, would the photo be goners.
 

Dave Braine

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when I click and drag them into iPhoto , does that make duplicates of all my pics?
Yes, that does make a duplicate. The idea is once the photos are successfully imported into iPhoto, you delete the originals.
The above is only true if you have the "Copy Items To iPhoto Library" option ticked in iPhoto Preferences.


If that option is not ticked, and you delete an photo from Finder after import, then you have lost it.