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Importing photo files

From: iPhoto '11 Essential Training

Video: Importing photo files

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.

Importing photo files

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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iPhoto '11 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 49s
    3. What's new in iPhoto '11?
      1m 39s
    4. OS X Mavericks 10.9 iPhoto version update NEW
      21s
  2. 20m 33s
    1. Preparing to install iPhoto '11
      3m 2s
    2. Launching iPhoto for the first time and updating your existing Library
      4m 4s
    3. Importing images from your camera
      4m 50s
    4. Importing photo files
      4m 3s
    5. Importing movies
      2m 17s
    6. Working in Full Screen view
      2m 17s
  3. 40m 53s
    1. Importing the exercise files and organizing by Event
      1m 59s
    2. Understanding Events
      3m 43s
    3. Hiding photos
      1m 50s
    4. Flagging photos
      3m 3s
    5. Finding people using Faces
      3m 52s
    6. Adding people to Faces
      2m 8s
    7. Managing the Faces corkboard
      2m 14s
    8. Organizing by location with Places
      2m 9s
    9. Geotagging images
      7m 4s
    10. Creating albums
      1m 54s
    11. Viewing albums in Full Screen mode
      3m 37s
    12. Creating Smart Albums
      3m 36s
    13. Creating folders
      1m 46s
    14. Exploring the Project view
      1m 58s
  4. 17m 15s
    1. Understanding metadata
      3m 1s
    2. Rating your photos
      4m 27s
    3. Displaying photos by rating
      2m 57s
    4. Adding keywords
      3m 13s
    5. Finding photos by keyword
      3m 37s
  5. 29m 6s
    1. Switching to Edit mode
      2m 3s
    2. Cropping photos
      3m 30s
    3. Straightening photos
      1m 37s
    4. Making automatic corrections with Enhance
      2m 18s
    5. Removing red-eye
      3m 5s
    6. Retouching photos
      3m 10s
    7. Rotating photos
      1m 39s
    8. Using the Effects palette
      4m 8s
    9. Duplicating photos
      3m 5s
    10. Reverting to the original
      2m 4s
    11. Comparing photos while editing
      2m 27s
  6. 34m 53s
    1. Working in the Adjust tab
      1m 0s
    2. Adjusting levels
      4m 12s
    3. Adjusting exposure and contrast
      3m 31s
    4. Adjusting color saturation
      3m 43s
    5. Adjusting definition
      2m 10s
    6. Adjusting highlights and shadows
      2m 26s
    7. Adjusting sharpness and reducing noise
      4m 19s
    8. Adjusting temperature and tint
      4m 19s
    9. Copying adjustments and pasting them to multiple photos
      3m 51s
    10. Working with RAW files in iPhoto
      5m 22s
  7. 25m 42s
    1. Emailing photos from iPhoto
      4m 22s
    2. Emailing photos the old-fashioned way
      4m 5s
    3. Setting up your email account in iPhoto
      3m 43s
    4. Sharing your photos via Facebook
      3m 16s
    5. Sharing your photos via Flickr
      4m 35s
    6. Sharing your photos via MobileMe
      1m 26s
    7. Creating a web gallery
      4m 15s
  8. 20m 59s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      1m 46s
    2. Customizing slideshow settings
      5m 2s
    3. Exporting a slideshow to QuickTime
      4m 19s
    4. Managing movies in your iPhoto library
      5m 26s
    5. Creating a DVD from iPhoto
      4m 26s
  9. 41m 45s
    1. Exporting photos
      4m 57s
    2. Printing photos
      7m 57s
    3. Ordering prints
      2m 22s
    4. Creating a calendar
      7m 11s
    5. Creating a photo book
      7m 40s
    6. Selecting output options for your photo book
      4m 6s
    7. Creating greeting cards
      4m 15s
    8. Setting output options for your greeting cards
      2m 11s
    9. Viewing all your calendars, books, and cards
      1m 6s
  10. 16m 14s
    1. Customizing iPhoto preferences
      7m 7s
    2. Burning a backup CD or DVD
      4m 37s
    3. Backing up to an external hard drive
      1m 53s
    4. Creating iPhoto libraries and switching between them
      2m 37s
  11. 1m 45s
    1. Final thoughts
      1m 45s

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