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Organizing images in an iPhoto library has always been easy, but with the new Places feature, photographers just need a few clicks of the mouse to create albums with geo–specific data. In iPhoto '09: 10 Things to Know About Places, professional photographer Derrick Story explores the functions of Places and shows how geotagging can help with accessing photos, creating Smart Albums, and adding dimension to printed photo collections.
What I'm going to show you now is one of my favorite features in iPhoto '09. We're actually going to make a map that plot all the points of some photos that I took. So, we're taking this map making to a whole different level. Let me show you how it works. So let's start out. I documented this trip right here, you can see that, where I begin at lynda.com in Ventura and then I took pictures all along the way ending up at my home in Santa Rosa. Now what I'd love to do is have a map that shows you that trip. I have the pictures. I'd like to have a map too.
So let's do that. So we'll go back. I'll make sure that the event is selected. Now the tool that I'm going to use to make the map is the Bookmaking tool. So, even though I'm not making a book, I'm going to use its functionality to create the map. So I'll go down to Book, click on it. I'm going to make 11x8.5 because that's a nice size for printing and doing stuff like that. Picture Book, click Choose, and after we have the appropriate warnings, iPhoto actually gives me a book here.
Now if I were making a book, I would drag pictures into it and do all that sort of stuff. I don't really care about that right now. I just want to map, okay? So here's the cover page. I don't need that. What I would like to do is add a page. We'll go to Single View and here's where I want to put my map. So I go to Layout, I go to Map, click on that. The first thing that iPhoto does is it plots the map for me, based on these photos. This is pretty nice. Now it's not a finished project yet, right? I still have a little cleanup I want to do. For one thing, there are too many points here and it looks kind of icky. So I'm going to just click on the map once and I get this little Info Box where I have some control. I'm going to take out some of the stops.
So I'll take out Goleta and I'll take out Brisbane and I'll take out Sausalito. Don't really need those. Now my map is looking a lot cleaner. I like that. Now, I want to add a point too, and you can do that. You can actually add points to your map. They were part of the trip maybe, but you didn't take a picture, but you still want to use it to tell a story. So I'll click on the Plus button and I want to add Rohnert Park. There it is. Rohnert Park right there. Now it shows up on the map in the correct place, which is a little bit south of Santa Rosa. Even though on the list here it's below Santa Rosa. I can clean that up by putting that right there.
I can also give my map a title. So let's just call it My Trip Home, okay. Excellent! I can change the size of the map a little bit. So if I click the plus sign, I make it a little bit bigger. It fits on the page a little nicer. Now, the last thing I want to do is sort of the finishing touch, the frosting on the cake, is to show the lines. Isn't that nice? Doesn't that make a big difference? Look at the difference here. Without lines, boring; with lines, much more fun.
So I'm all set. I have my map ready to go. I want to make a PDF of it. How do I do that? Well, it's pretty easy. We're going to change views here and we're going to go from Photo View to Page View and we'll see that the map is over here on the fourth page. I know it says 2 down here but you count, 1, 2, 3, it's on the fourth page. I'm going to go to File > Print, wait for the Print dialog box, do from 4, hit the Tab to 4. I only want to print page 4, don't want the other stuff.
Go down here. Not to Print, but to PDF. Save as PDF. I want it on the Desktop. Let's do Map.pdf right there. Make sure it's going to the right place. Click Save. Map, okay. Click Save. iPhoto goes to work. It takes my page and creates a PDF for me. I'm going to show it to you. So we'll minimize iPhoto right here. We're on the Desktop. Here is my Map.
If I double-click on it, it will open it up in Preview. Look at that, isn't that cool? So I can mail that to somebody, I can use it in a presentation. I can even make a print of it in my Inkjet printer. I can do anything I want with this map and it helps me tell the story of my trip. You can actually see where I went and all the stops along the way and I have photos to go with that. Now if I wanted to include this in a slide show, I can do that also. So I'll go ahead and close this. I'm going to open iPhoto back up. Here we are back in iPhoto. I'm going to use the Print command again. This time I'll go to File > Print.
Make sure that you have from 4 to 4, okay. Now I'm going back to the PDF button. This time though I'm going to make a different selection, Save PDF to iPhoto. This actually runs an AppleScript that will create the map and put it in an album in iPhoto. Very nice. Automation is a good thing. I'll give it a name. We'll call it Map. How is that for creativity? All right, we'll replace it.
It's running the AppleScript right now; you can see it up here. Here is my album, here is my map. If I double-click on it, look at that. Isn't that outstanding? The specs on it, 2200x1700, that means it's perfect for a slide show or anything else, any other presentation where I want to incorporate it with the pictures from the trip. So the way to look at this is that this map making function that we have hidden and the book making function in iPhoto allows us to tell the story in a more graphical way. So we have our pictures, we have our map, we can add music.
Very powerful, very fun, give it a try. I think you'll like it a lot.
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