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As you work with your photos, you'll eventually decide that some of them don't make the cut. A few of my pictures today were a little bit soft, and while they illustrated points nicely, I might decide that I don't want photographic evidence that not every picture I take is perfect. If you want to remove something, that's pretty easy. With the images selected, you might just think you press the Delete key. However, doing so doesn't actually delete the images. In this case, it just removed them from the album. If I go into the Events, what you're going to see is that those images are still there.
There are those photos. So instead, what I need to do is actually choose Delete. If I decide I want to get rid of these images, I could click right here, and then send them to the trash. Doing so removes them from the event. Now, you can also do this in the album as well. By clicking that pop up menu, you can trash it.
And if we go over, and take a look at the actual Trash, we can get rid of it. Now, you're saying, where is the Trash? You're going to need to exit full screen mode. iPhoto has its own Trash. If you're wondering where that other version went, what happened there is this: I deleted one of the versions, but I didn't remove all of the images. So, the original photo is still on my drive. If I end up deleting all of the versions, and the original, then it will go to the Trash.
So in this case, these images are in the Trash. If I changed my mind, and said for some reason, I actually still want this picture, I could just go ahead and put it back into the Events. And it actually went back to the original event where it was stored. Opening that up, you'll see that it went back in correctly. However, if you are certain that you want to empty the Trash, you can go ahead and click the Empty Trash button. iPhoto will ask you to confirm that you're sure you want to do this. Choosing OK removes them permanently from your iPhoto library.
Now, the good news is, they're still not deleted. You actually have another level of a safety net. So, while you can delete it from an album, or a project, and not touch your event, that's a good thing. If you go into the event, and you delete it, and you can confirm that you wanted to delete it, it's still on your hard drive. You can go ahead into your Trash, and inside the iPhoto folder, there's the event you were just working on. And there are the images that I deleted from iPhoto.
So, they went into the system Trash. Only when I empty the Trash at this place will they actually be gone. So, the good news here is you really, really have to try to throw a photo away. iPhoto has multiple safety nets to prevent you from accidentally deleting an image.
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