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iPhoto '09 has a fantastic new face recognition method: the Faces tool. From understanding the tool to sharing favorite shots on Flickr and Facebook, iPhoto '09: 10 Things to Know About Faces teaches iPhoto users how to take advantage of Faces. Instructor Derrick Story covers how to identify people in an iPhoto library, create a slideshow with Faces photos, and use Faces to organize collections. With all the new features of the Faces tool, iPhoto is a great family snapshot application.
Well, if you have been playing with some of the things that we have been doing in Faces you have actually logged a lot of work in here. I mean time. It could be even hours spent. So what I want to do is show you how to backup your Faces database that's inside of iPhoto. Just in case something happens, you are protected and your work is safe and sound. Let me show you how that works. So we have to get out of iPhoto here. So I'll go ahead and minimize it. And then I created a folder called Faces Backup and that's where I'm going to drag copies of these data files so I have them.
Probably the best thing to do is put that on a CD or a flash drive or on an external hard drive, somewhere away from your computer so that it's a true backup. Then we will go into our computer here and we will go to the Pictures folder, which is where our iPhoto libraries generally are stored, and you find-- if you have multiple iPhoto libraries, find the one that has your Faces in it. In this case I created a Faces iPhoto library. Then what I'm going to do now, I just want to give you little warning. I'm actually going to take you inside the package, the iPhoto package here.
We're only going to this one thing and then we are going to get out. When you go in there, don't mess around with other stuff because you can really, can really screw up iPhoto. So just go in there we will do this one thing and then we are leaving. So I'm going to hold down the Ctrl key or right-click and go to Show Package Contents. That's what we want to do. If you just double-click on that icon, it will just launch iPhoto again. We don't need that. We want to go inside. Show Package Contents and you look for these two files right here.
This one, I'm going to hold down the Command key. This is where you data is stored for all the tagging that you have done in Faces. Now I'm going to hold down the Option key and so when I Option+Drag then it creates copies. It doesn't actually move them out. Here we go. They'll go right in there. So remember, holding down the Option key means I'm only making copies of them. I'm not actually moving them. We don't want to move anything out of the iPhoto Library. Double- check our folder here. There we are.
That looks good. Save that somewhere else. Close all of this up because we don't want to do anything else while we are in there. Then we will go back to iPhoto. Here we are back in iPhoto now. All these tagging work that I have done is backed up. I just want to mention one other thing, speaking of backing up. You have some valuable memories in here and what Apple recommends that you do is on occasion regularly you just backup iPhoto in general and you can do that by just deciding what it is you want to backup and you can backup multiple albums and then you click on the Burn icon down here.
Now if you don't have that showing just go up to View > Show in Toolbar, select it. It's right there, okay. Now when you click on Burn, have a blank DVD or a blank CD ready depending on how much material you are backing up and you will get this little dialog box here. It will tell you to put that blank in there and it will copy whatever you have chosen over here onto the CD or DVD. Now this can only be viewed in iPhoto, this DVD or CD. When you put it into an iPhoto application then your work will show up. It actually shows up over here in the Library pane. So it's not a backup in terms of you can take it over to your friend's house that has Windows and put in there and get to it.
It's a backup for iPhoto. But it's a good idea to have everything backed up, your Faces work and your pictures. So that way all the fun that you have is safe and sound and you can enjoy it for years to come.
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