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If you have an iPod with a color screen, it supports photos, meaning you can copy pictures from your computer to your iPod and then display those photos on the iPod screen to share with your friends, or with the right accessory cable, you can connect your iPod to a TV and share a slideshow of your photos directly from the iPod. So let's take a look at how to sync photos from a Mac to your iPod. I still have my iPod touch attached to my Mac and with it selected, I am going to go to the Photos section. All I have to do here is check Sync photos from, and then select where I want the photos to come from. Now, you can only sync your photos from one location on your Mac, so it matters where you store the photos you want to copy to your iPod.
You can choose your Pictures folder, which is located in your Home folder, or you can choose any other folder on your Mac if you have your photos stored elsewhere. But if you have iPhoto on your Mac, which is part of the iLife suite of applications and you use it to manage and organize your digital photos, which you really should, select iPhoto from this menu. Now, the default setting is to copy all photos, albums, events, and faces to your iPod, but if you have thousands of photos in your iPhoto library, you might not want to copy every single photo over. In that case, choose Selected albums, events, faces, and automatically include events, and then you can choose which events you want to include.
All of them, the most recent event, the three most recent, or so on and so on. Now, we also have the option to include any videos that are stored in iPhoto. So if you've taken videos with your digital still camera, and they're in iPhoto, you can choose to have those copied over if they fall into one of the categories you select below. So you can see here we have albums, events, and faces to choose from. Let's go over to iPhoto and see where this information is coming from. So here in iPhoto, you can see I have a collection of photographs that are organized into events as well as an album or two that I have created, and under Faces, I have taken advantage of iPhoto '09's face recognition technology where you can find photos based on who appears in them.
So here in iTunes, I can now choose to copy photos to my iPod based on the albums, events, or faces. So I'll choose let's say all of the faces, I'll choose my travel album, and maybe Late 2008, and let's pick some events here as well. Notice that a number appears next to each item I check, telling me how many photos are going to be copied over. So that's basically it. All I've to do now is click Apply. It might also be labeled sync. If I had any photos currently on my iPod touch, they would be replaced with this current batch and that's fine in this case.
So I'll click Replace Photos, and now all of my photos are being copied over in my iPod. Now just so you know, when you copy photos to your iPod, iTunes will actually optimize them for the iPod before transferring them over. Basically since most cameras these days are taking anywhere from 7 to 12 to 15 megapixel images, you probably don't want these huge files taking up space on your iPod, where you're only going to be displaying them on the iPod screen. Even if you're connecting your iPod to a TV, there's still no need to have a large file version of your images on your iPod, so iTunes will compress the images so they don't take up that much space.
But if you use your iPod nano or Classic as a portable hard-drive and you'd like to have the full resolution versions of your images available in case you want to print them or copy them onto another computer, there is an option available, not here on the iPod touch, but let me select my iPod nano and choose Sync Photos. You can see we have the option of Include full-resolution photos. That will place a copy of the full- resolution photo into the Photos folder on your iPod. So you'll still be able to look at the optimized version when you view the photos on your iPod's screen, but the full-resolution versions will show up in the iPod's Photos folder when you connect it to a computer.
Just make sure that you have Enable disk use checked here on the Summary page. I am not going to apply any of those changes I just made, reselected my iPod touch and yes, it looks like my photos have synced to my iPod touch. Let's go and see what that looks like. Here on my iPod touch, I can now navigate into photos, and view the photos I copied over. As you can see, I can navigate by the albums I created, as well as with events and faces, and these are all just as they appeared in my iPhoto library on my Mac.
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