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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.
We are going to bring some images into iPhoto now and there's no need to worry about exercise files right now. Just watch and enjoy. We are going to do that from our digital camera and you have two ways to do that. You could plug your digital camera into your Mac and it will show up over here in the Library or you can use a memory card reader, which I am going to do right now. Either method works equally well. It just depends on what you like to do and you'll see that over in the Library the digital camera shows up and you'll also see a bunch of pictures here.
All right, this is exactly what we want to do. We want to move our pictures from our camera to our iPhoto library. Now if you want to bring everything in, all you have to do is click on the blue Import All button and all of this good stuff will come in. Or if you just want to bring in a few of the images, as I want to do, you just select the images that you want and then you click on the Import Selected button. Right now before I do that, I should show you a couple of other things.
If you've already brought in photos from this memory card and you don't want to see them again, you click the Hide Photos Already Imported box and iPhoto actually hide those images from you so you're not distracted by them. And if you're working with events in a specific time period, let's say that you have events by one day or two hour increments, and you want iPhoto to separate your import into those events I'll click that box and it will do that for you.
We are not going to do either right now but I want you to know about them. And of course, you have the Zoom button right here. So if you want to see your thumbnails bigger or smaller you control that right there. All right, so now we are ready to go. I want to give our event a name and I fill that in already right here, Autumn Color, or you can name it anything that you want. That way when you see that event in iPhoto after import, it will already be named. Now you can name it later. It's up to you, but I think it's kind of handy just to do it during import.
So let's go ahead and make our selections. Now what I can do is I make one selection there and then I want another photo. That's going to be down here. I'm looking at all my images. Let's say I want to bring in a leaf shot, so I can hold down the Command key and that will select it and I want to bring this in, so I'll hold down the Command key, and if I want to deselect one of these photos I just keep holding down the Command key.
Now another trick is of course if you want to select a series of images, you can click on the first one hold down the Shift key, click on the last one and iPhoto will select everything in between. Let's go back, let's take this shot, and then I'll go down a few images here and I'll bring in this shot right here and we'll mosey back up just a few shots, and we'll bring in this one and this one.
Okay, so we are going to bring in four shots. They've been selected. I held down the Command key. I am going to click on Import Selected, then iPhoto will do its work for second here. And you can see its work in a way and we get to see the images as they come in, which is kind of fun. So we get a little mini slideshow there during import. Then you'll get this dialog and this very important. We have a choice here. Do you want to delete those photos off the memory card? And my answer is no, you don't.
Save that for later, do that on the camera. You don't want to introduce any mayhem to this process at all. I think it's much safer to go with the pretty blue button, which is Keep Photos, and that's what we are going to do and you can address removing those images later on. So we'll just Keep Photos right here and they show up and you'll see that we have this item in the Library pane here called Last Import. There are our images, and if we go up to Events you will see that those images are there also and they are already named. Isn't that cool? So that's all there is to bringing in photos from your camera or from a memory card.
When you're done with that, go ahead and click the little Eject button right there and then that way you can safely remove your camera from the USB cable or the memory card reader from the USB jack and you're ready to go. It's really that easy.
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