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If you have an extensive library and you've already taken the time to rate your images, the use of a Smart Album can make the process easier to narrow down to just the best photos. Now for this project I'm just going to stick with the traditional album, but I'd like to show you some highlights about Smart Album workflow that might be beneficial for those of you with larger photo libraries. I'll choose File>New Smart Album. This allows you to name the album and then apply criteria.
For example, if it's in this album called Croatia and it has a rating that is greater than two stars, all of my three-, four-, and five-star images will be included. I could also add criteria such as the date it was shot or the particular location or even use other information such as face and choose to apply it based on only certain people.
This could be useful if you have a lot of face tags for example for family and friends and you want to build just a picture for one particular person. Maybe it's a mini book for all the photos that contain your friend or a special book for your child that has all of their pictures plus their siblings. This allows you to quickly filter your library and just get to the pictures you want. Remember, part of iPhoto is not just processing your images; it's organizing your images. If you're new to this task, make sure you take a look of some of the training here on lynda.com and you will find extensive tools to help you get organized in your iPhoto library.
Once you have the criteria you want and you click OK, you'll see that a new album is created and in this case, it pulled pictures from my Croatia album that had three stars or higher. This allows me to just get to the best photos and makes it very easy.
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