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What I am going to do now is bring in photos from another hard drive and you can also do this from your computer, because the nice thing about iPhoto is that you can organize all of your photos. Not only the photos that you brought in from your digital camera, but also photos that exists throughout your entire computer universe, so they all can be managed under the iPhoto umbrella. So the way that we're going to do that is I am go up to File and go to Import to Library and it brings up this dialog box and if you have your images on a separate hard drive, you can click on that or if have it in other location on your Mac navigate to that. I have a whole bunch of photos here that I want to bring in to iPhoto right here in this folder.
So I just have to click on the folder and click the blue Import button and iPhoto is going to go to work. Now don't worry about exercise files, we are importing stuff for demonstration. Now you are going to see images from some distinctly different shoots and this is what's going to happen when you're bringing in a big chunk of photos. They are going to be over a period of time. We have some shots here from Germany. And it's fun. You sort of get to watch them as they come in just like a little slideshow.
You get to see what's going on. Then some shots from Kauai and then a portrait shoot. They all come rolling in and they will show up here in the Library pane under Last Import, and you can scroll through them and see everything that you have. Now if we go to Events, which I am going to do right now, you see that iPhoto has brought them in as one big event.
What I'd like to do is split this one ginormous event into events that are more aligned with the photos themselves. So I'd love to have an event from Germany and an event from Kauai and a portrait shoot. So what I am going to do is I am going to click on this event right here and I'm going to go to Events and I'm going to Autosplit Selected Events and let's see what happens here.
So now what iPhoto has done is it has made an attempt to break this into events. I have in my Preferences set up for events or one week, but I've noticed that it has taken some events that were part one week and made two separate events. I am just going to click on those parts, so to speak, and go to Events and just merge those real quickly. Now I have one event right there and the portrait shoot looks like it's all together and looks like Germany got split in two also.
So I'll just click on both those. I held down the Command key to do that and then we will merge those. I am going to go into more details on how to do this. We actually have a whole chapter on Events, but I think that when you're bringing in a bunch of photos now is a good time if you're so inclined to go ahead and split them into events. That way you're only dealing with it on a batch by batch process instead of bringing thousands of photos into iPhoto and then sorting it out at that point.
So at any rate now we have all of our photos from our different shoots in our iPhoto library and as you can see, it's almost as easy as bringing them in from your digital camera. The good news is that once they're in here then we can manage them just like we can in any other image and it's a great way to sort of clean up not only your computer hard drive, but any external hard drives where you have photos living. Now they're in one nice neat iPhoto container.
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