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The default way of organizing images in iPhoto tends to be event-based. Every time you import an image it's added to an event. Often by time, but you could merge dates into single events as well. This is really useful, but not when it comes to making a book. So you see here, I've got three events from the same trip, some JPEG files, some RAW photos, and some panoramic images that I processed using other applications. I've got all these pictures and I want to start to combine them into a book.
Multiple events are going to get combined. If I take those events, I could go ahead and create a new album. And I'll name it, this is just a temporary album, because I actually already have one organized. You will notice that the pictures are in the album here. The good news is that you could start to prescreen. So just because you have a bunch of photos from an event doesn't mean that you want all of those pictures used. Maybe I don't like this one and I could remove it from the album.
I generally will click the box that says Don't Ask Again since I'm pretty decisive, but if you're unsure you can leave that unchecked. This allows you to go through and start to filter out some of the images you don't think as necessary. Like, I think these three are enough to tell the sequence. I don't need that one. Going through the album, allows me to remove images, and start to decide what's necessary. What's also great is you could begin to rearrange the order that will affect the initial layout for the photo book.
Within the album here you can also apply rating information if you need to start to sort based on quality. Remember, you can go ahead and apply labels using the useful keyboard shortcuts of Cmd+1-5 to apply star ratings. This way you can quickly view the album and start to assign which photos you think are best. Later on you could sort the album by those ratings and that will come into play with a Smart Album.
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