Deleting an Album To delete an album, select its icon in the Source list, and then press the Delete key. Fortunately, how iPhoto behaves when you import graphics files is entirely up to you. If you do want to start over from the beginning, then just deselect all the photos by clicking in any empty part of the window. . Duplicating an Album It stands to reason that if you have several favorite photos, you might want to use them in more than one iPhoto presentation in a slideshow and a book, for example. Slideshows Saved slideshows Chapter 6 get their own icons in the Source list, too. During the early years of digital cameras, just making the camera-tocomputer connection was a nightmare.
This section explains how to transfer files into iPhoto from each of these sources. A slider here lets you adjust the background color of the photo-viewing pane. In fact, you can c-click or Shift-click these thumbnails to display additional photos simultaneously, using the same techniques described on page 48. Searching for Photos by Text The flagging mechanism described above is an adequate way to tag photos, but there are other ways. If you click Delete Originals, iPhoto deletes the transferred photos from the memory card either all the photos or just the selected ones, depending on the button you clicked at the beginning of step 3. Click the place name listed at the top of the box, click the ˛ to delete it, and then click Done. See the names of the months in the Year view? When all your photos are visible, scrolling is slowish, but at least you can see everything.
. This keystroke is blissfully consistent across all the iLife programs. Click the Name button on the iPhoto toolbar. . Clicking the ˛ on the right of the box automatically clears the existing text, but since clicking the name selects it anyway, you can just start typing right over the old name.
. You chapter 1: camera meets mac 9 iPhoto: The Application can add searchable keywords like Vacation or Kids to make pictures easier to find. See page 20 for more on this external phototracking feature. Tip: Saved slideshows and custom-publishing projects can be filed in folders, too, right alongside albums. When you do that, iPhoto chooses ViewÆSort EventsÆ Manually for you, because your thumbnails are no longer sorted alphabetically or chronologically. Either way, the Smart Album sheet slides down from the top of the window Figure 2-14. It shrinks back to the original thumbnail size.
Two Ways to Make Movies. Places Geotagging is the hot new future feature of digital photography. It amounts to a stopwatch measuring the span of your interest in digital photography in the iPhoto era, anyway. Now create a new, fourth album, using any of the usual methods. But you can also sort them alphabetically by choosing ViewÆSort EventsÆBy Title. You can get the iLife box from www.
. Figure 4-15: Click the globe icon to see your photo locations in World view. Publishing Photos on the Web. Click the Choose Library button to show the program where you put it. You can always return to the Events screen, either by clicking Events in the Source list or by clicking the All Events arrow button at the top of the screen. In one step, iPhoto imports the photos, creates a new photo album, names it after the folder you dragged in, and puts the newly imported photos into that album. Click to select one and drop a yellow pin on the map.
You can compare various trips to Paris, for example, or show friends what else you did in Chicago besides go to a White Sox game. From the shortcut menu, choose Show Package Contents. You can manually assign the photo to a place, as described in the next section. The only limit is your imagination. Plotting photos on an electronic map is all the rage these days. From the pop-up menu, choose Date Figure 3-3.
But lightning does strike, fuses do blow, and the technology gods have a cruel sense of humor—so making a backup copy before iPhoto converts your old library is very, very smart. . If you choose more than iPhoto is prepared to handle, it opens only one of the selected photos. You can also be contrary and go from Z to A; use the same menu and choose Descending. A few years ago, those pictures would still have been falling out of physical photo albums—or still in their envelopes from the drugstore and shoved into the back of a desk drawer.
To do that, press c-1 through c-5 or press c-0 to remove the rating. You should do all of your photo organizing within the iPhoto program, not behind its back in the library. . . And if there are folders inside folders, then they too become new Events and albums. Note: If all the photos in an Event have been geotagged, you get a map with multiple pins showing the various locations.
Open the photo for editing. And it would be nice to have some way to manage them all, especially when your collection heads up into the 250,000-pictures realm. It opens the Extended Photo Info window, where iPhoto displays a complete dossier of details about your photo: the make and model of the digital camera used to take it, for example. Later, you can round up all of the images you flagged so that you can drag them all into a new album en masse. Your pal iPhoto finds the resolution solution automatically. When the process is complete, and the photos are safe on your hard drive, iPhoto has another question for you: Do you want to delete the transferred pictures from the memory card? A film roll consisted of all the photos you imported at once, no matter how many months apart you took them. And that, by the way, is precisely why the iPhoto Library is now a package which takes some effort and knowledge to open instead of a regular folder.