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Facebook is a terrific platform for sharing photos online, and iPhoto '09 has the tools for organizing and editing the images before publishing them. In iPhoto '09: 10 Things to Know About Facebook, professional photographer Derrick Story shows how to establish two-way communication between these applications. He demonstrates how to make changes on one side and have those changes reflected in both places. Derrick covers editing techniques in iPhoto, shows how to work with tagging images, and offers troubleshooting tips for publishing photos on Facebook.
One of the terrific things about the connection between iPhoto and Facebook is that you can use iPhoto's great organizational tools to get your stuff together before you send it up online and I want to show you some of these tools right now. So Smart Albums I think is a feature in iPhoto that can be very helpful in this organizational endeavor and if I wanted, for example, to send up an entire collection of somebody that I had on my Faces corkboard, I could simply drag their face over to the Library pane and it turns into a Smart Album with all of their shots in it. And then just click on that Smart Album.
Make sure that no individual shots are selected, because if you do that, only that shot will go up to your Facebook page. So you want to make sure no individual shots are selected, but the album is selected and then you go over to Facebook and everything will go up and it will create a new Photo Album in Facebook. So that's one way to use Smart Albums. Another is also kind of fun. What if I wanted to easily upload both Stephanie and Suzanne in one album? I could do that by creating a Smart Album. I just hold down the Option key so that I get the gear right here, create a new Smart Album, and we could call this Stephanie and Suz, and this is just an example of how this would work. You could use this in many, many different ways.
We will use the new Name feature. Name is Stephanie and then we'll add another condition. Name is Suz and then we'll match any of the following conditions, not all of them but any of them, click OK. Now, we have a Smart Album with both Stephanie and Suz in the same album. Make sure no individual shots are selected, click on the album and upload to Facebook. One more way, I want to show you another Smart Album way and I like this one a lot.
So let's say that I want to have a Facebook album of me with just my shots from 2008. I don't want any of the old stuff. I just want me in 2008, because I have a lot of things in here. I go way back, all right. So I can do that by holding down the Option key again, create a new Smart Album and we'll call this Derrick 2008. And so the first condition will be Name is Derrick and then we'll set up the second condition, to Date is after, I'm going to just make that 1, hit the Tab key, 1, Tab and we'll just make this 2008 and click OK. Now I have a Smart Album with two shots of me and let's just check them real quick.
We will go down here to the Information and this one was shot in February of 2008. This one was shot in March of 2008. So we'll close this, we'll make sure that no individual shot is selected, but that the album is selected. We'll go to Facebook, click, we'll let everyone see these shots, Publish, goes to work, uploads the thumbnails, creates another Facebook album here in iPhoto that I can maintain and let's go to Facebook to make sure that everything worked okay.
There we go, like of that, come back to my photos. I have these albums right here. One more organizational tool, there is always one more, is it there. We'll go back to our Faces corkboard here and if you want, you can pull together just a few shots manually. Let's say that I just wanted these four shots of Josh alone, I can just drag across them, create a regular album, call Josh the Groom, click Create. There it is right here. Either have all four selected or none selected. It's one or the other. Make sure the album is selected, and click on Facebook and then those will go up.
So you can use these organizational tools in iPhoto to sort of get your albums together first and then upload them and then once they are on Facebook, where I think it's a little bit harder to organize your images than it is in iPhoto -- then, once you are on Facebook, everything is nice and clean. Of course, you can always make changes here and they will be uploaded to Facebook and I'll be talking about that very soon.
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