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In iPhoto '11 Essential Training, Derrick Story offers an in-depth tour of the popular photo management software from Apple, demonstrating its various features for organizing, editing, and sharing images. The course covers techniques to categorize and combine images into custom collections using iPhoto's geotagging, face detection, and Smart Album features, and offers insight on how to perform key image corrections and enhancements. Also covered are tutorials on building customized slideshows and outputting collections to calendars, books, and greeting cards. Exercise files accompany the course.
Well it's very easy to get images into iPhoto. Some people wonder how hard it is to get them out and you know what, it's about as easy as putting them in. So I am going to show you the Export command and that allows you to basically build digital copies of your images and then put them anywhere on your computer that you want. Your originals will be safe and sound within iPhoto. All we are going to is copy according to a few settings. So let's do that. Now you can export one image or you can export a whole bunch of images at once. It's up to you.
We will just do one right now and actually I'm going to select this image right here and we are going to look at it in the Info pane as part of the reason why you do want to export. This is a fairly large image, because of the pixel dimensions on this and it's over 26 MB and it's a RAW file to boot. So that's not something you can just toss around lightly and if you have got a bunch of them, chances are you want to give people something a little more manageable and that's what we are going to do.
So I have it clicked. It's highlighted and we're going to go up to File > Export and we get this dialog box. Now there are some other goodies in here that have been in here for a long time in iPhoto and there are easier ways to do it as I've shown you. But Export, File Export, is one thing that's in this dialog box, so I think it's still very relevant to our workflow. So in File Export, we have what's the file format is going to be.
Is it going to be a JPEG? Most of the times it is going to be a JPEG. You can export a TIFF or a PNG. If you go with Original, in this case it's actually going to send out a RAW file because that is the original format. Or Current. And that means if there has been some change to it, it will send that out. But we want to go with JPEG. 9 times out of 10, that's the easiest thing to handle of to people. Now if it is a JPEG, you get to set the quality rating.
I suggest that you go medium or high. I usually go high and that's a nice compromise between how big the file is going to be in terms of megabytes and quality. Now if you want you can include the title and keywords by checking this box and if you've geotagged your photo using Places, you can include that information also. Now here is where we get to the actual physical dimensions of the image. Here in the Size box, you have some presets, Small, Medium, Large, and these roughly correspond to what we see in email and other places where you get to sample the image.
For instance, medium is usually going to be somewhere around 1024, but if you want to set it yourself, there is also a Custom option that allows you in pixels to actually set the dimensions. So this is basically saying that the maximum dimension in either direction would be 1024. And then in terms of file name, you have some options also. Use the existing file name, use a title if you've applied that, or you could do some sort of sequential thing, which is handy if you're exporting in a bunch of images at once and you want Germany 001, Germany 002.
And you can do the album name with a number also. We are just going to use the file name. We are ready to go. I am going to click the Export button. You get to choose the location where you want to put it. We are just going to put it on the desktop. And you have another opportunity here to name the file if you want and so in this case, we could just go and leave it at that. So I'll click OK. Now what iPhoto does is that it reads your original image and then it reads any adjustments that you've made to that image and then it reads the selections that you have made in the Export dialog box, applies all of those to create this, a picture that lands on your desktop, and I will just double click on it to open it in Preview.
And you can see that it looks pretty darn good. You can see that it honored our size right here and on its longest edge, the height, its 1024 pixels. It's a JPEG and is not too big. It's 214 KB. So as you can see it's not difficult to get images out of iPhoto. And remember when I export out my original, it's still safe and sound inside the comfy confines of the application.
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