As mentioned in the previous lesson, events are the basic building blocks of your iPhoto library. Every photo is contained within one single event even though that photo is allowed to belong to several different albums. Now you'll notice as you mouse over one of the events, you can skim through all other photos within that event. But when you mouse off the event there is just one photo, which is called the key photo, that remains. This photo is obviously representative of the contents of that event. There are several ways to set the key photo for an event. The simplest is simply to mouse over the event, scrub through the photos, when you locate an image that you're happy with, in this case I'll choose this one with a bit of attitude, simply press the spacebar. Now when you move your mouse up the event, then photo is expanded and becomes the key photo.
Another way to set the key photo is to press the information about it in the lower right corner, scrub through the images at the top left and this time click to set the key photo. When you're happy click Done. Now that works well for typical event that has 20 or 30 photos in it but if you've got larger event such as this one of Vietnam with 194 photos, it proves a little difficult to track down the individual photo you're after. Instead we'll double to open the event revealing all of the photos contained within the event.
Now I can scroll through all of the images until I locate an image that I think is particularly representative of the event. I can then select the photo and choose Events > Make Key Photo. The currently selected photo will now become the key photo for the event. So that when I click the All Events button to return to the Standard Events view, you'll see that the key photo is been correctly set. We'll continue in the next few lessons to look at how to rename events, create, merge and split them; and also at some of the preferences that are specifically useful when you're importing your photos.
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