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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.
So I have a question for you. What if you really like this iPhoto setup that we have here where you manage your Facebook pictures in iPhoto, and why not? Look at all the cool things you can do with the Editing tools and so forth. But you have some Albums on Facebook already and they are not here. They are not in your iPhoto little Facebook lineup here. Can you bring them in? Well, actually you can and it is a little bit of a workaround, but I'll show you how that workaround works. So let's find the album that we want to move from Facebook to iPhoto. So we'll go to Facebook, here we are in Facebook and I'm going to scroll down and I kind of want to have these photos here inside of my iPhoto management system. So I'm going to make that happen.
So I'll go back to iPhoto. The way that you do it is first you have to create a Facebook album that you can move those photos to that are in Facebook. So we are going to a sort of dummy album in a way. So I'm just going to create just a new album, and I'm actually going to call it Scenics. Now it's an empty album. I can't upload an empty album to Facebook, so I'm just going to just put a placeholder picture in it. So I'll go to Pets. And I'll take our little otter friends here, put them in Scenics. All right, there we go.
Now what I'm going to do is upload this to Facebook. So I go here. We'll let Everyone see it and let's publish it. And it should publish fairly quickly, it's only one shot, and we are there, and here we go. Now here's where the magic comes in. So now we are going to go back to Facebook and I'm going to move these photos in Facebook from this album to the new album that I created, Scenics. So we go to Edit Photos and see right here, we get this little pop-up menu, and I can move this photo to Scenics. I'm doing the same thing here, scroll down, and move it to Scenics.
Now we are going to Save Changes. Changes have been saved. This album is now empty. Okay, delete it. All right now here we are in Scenics. We'll open that up and now we have created this and we probably don't want to have our otters in there, because that was used just as a placeholder to kind of set up this whole thing. So now I'm going to go here to delete this photo and we'll make this photo our album cover and it all looks good. So we'll delete the otters. Now let's save these changes. Okay, so far we are looking very good. Now we'll go back to my photos.
So now we have Scenics, we have three photos. Let's just double-check everything is the way that we want it. All right, the moment of truth here, now we go back to iPhoto. Let's see if we can actually manage this Facebook photo album. Let's re-publish, and look at that. So I have now taken a Facebook photo album that wasn't connected to iPhoto and using this method it is now connected to iPhoto and I can manage these shots through iPhoto and I can drag more images into here and have them go up to Scenics.
So I have taken sort of iPhoto control of this Facebook album using this technique. It's pretty handy and I hope you give it a try.
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