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    Another noob questions...where are pictures stored?
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    Another noob questions...where are pictures stored?
    This seriously can't be a difficult one. I managed to mount my old hard drive and copy entire directories out of it into iPhoto. Cool! So all my Vacation pictures from 2004, for example, were in a "HK2004" folder. I copy it to iPhoto and its got a new event showing "HK2004". Awesome!

    But I can't find any of these pictures when I go into the Mac Hard drive. Huh? I mean, I can see them all in iPhoto and can even add more photos to that event (not easily since it tries to create a new event but within two clicks I can get it in)...but where are the actual photos saved? I'd like to be able to go into a directory and see them.

    ...or lets say I find a photo online I want to add into this directory, I'm rather unsure where to save it after I've clicked on it. Do I need to create a new folder for downloads?
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    Another noob questions...where are pictures stored?
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    in your iphoto library. go to Users - pictures - iPhoto library (right click on it, show package contents) then in a folder called originals. don't go changing anything inside this iPhoto Library, your better off importing them through the app itself.

    maybe someone has a better technique, but thats how i do it.
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    Ah. Cool! I was almost ready to keep a "hard copy" on my old Windows box. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phacade View Post
    Ah. Cool! I was almost ready to keep a "hard copy" on my old Windows box. Thanks!
    I would keep a backup of them on DVD just in case. You never know what is going to happen, and it would suck to have a crash and loose all the photos you can't replace.

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    You've discovered why I don't use iPhoto any more I like to know where my images are! And, unless you use iPhoto as your photo store and use software, like Aperture, that links to the iPhoto database, you continually have to save files to other directories that you can manipulate safely. It's a tedious process - so, no iPhoto for me and no Aperture either. I'll stick with programs that let me keep my files where I want 'em.

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    You can choose to have iPhoto/Aperture not import the photos into the library, but only reference them from a directory structure that you set up elsewhere. Then you can just use iPhoto/Aperture as a front end to access them all in one place, set up albums, etc., while keeping them separate from the library structure.

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    Another noob questions...where are pictures stored?
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    Really? Can I make that decision now (retroactively) since iPhoto already has them in its own little library? What are the steps to do this? I like the idea of storing them in their own little seperate area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by didymus View Post
    You've discovered why I don't use iPhoto any more I like to know where my images are! And, unless you use iPhoto as your photo store and use software, like Aperture, that links to the iPhoto database, you continually have to save files to other directories that you can manipulate safely. It's a tedious process - so, no iPhoto for me and no Aperture either. I'll stick with programs that let me keep my files where I want 'em.
    Why bother? Do you really need to know specifically where your images are? I mean, if you've got a dozen different photo apps, I can see where that would be helpful. But if all of your manipulation is done in iPhone, I'd rather iPhoto handles them. iPhoto not only stores the photos, it also stores revisions and the original, so by tending to them and keeping you from manipulating the files, they're actually safer. And of course, if you occasionally need to get them out of iPhoto, it's a simple drag and drop.

    I used to obsess over managing my own files my way - until I realized how tedious that was. When I let go of it, it was one less thing to stress over. And I haven't lost a single photo or had any trouble sharing my photos in the way that I want to.

    Now, if you're seriously into multiple photo editors, I can see how that can be cumbersome - but if you are, you probably have no use for iPhoto anyway.
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    Even if you let iPhoto handle your photos, you can still navigate to them when you want to attach or upload them somewhere, and if you want to simply copy all your photos to someplace else, you can just open the iPhoto Library folder in the Finder, as explained above, copy and paste them wherever you like.

    But if you really don't want iPhoto handling your pictures, just keep them in the Pictures folder in your Documents.

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    and if you want to simply copy all your photos to someplace else, you can just open the iPhoto Library folder in the Finder,
    There is simply no need to do that. Just select them from the any iPhoto window and just drag bthem into a Finder window. If you want to resize them then you can go via the Export option.

    I would strongly advise against going into the iPhoto file structure via Finder and start messing with your pictures there. It can cause all sorts of problems.

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    MightyGem has saved me a post.

    Everyone I've **EVER** met, online or off, who complained about losing photos in iPhoto eventually admitted that they MUCKED AROUND inside the iPhoto library, and caused their own problems.

    You can do *anything you want* in iPhoto, but you have to do it **within iPhoto**, not in the Finder. Unless you enjoy losing pictures, I'd take that to heart.

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    Question Importing references to photos
    Quote Originally Posted by Chef_eam View Post
    You can choose to have iPhoto/Aperture not import the photos into the library, but only reference them from a directory structure that you set up elsewhere. Then you can just use iPhoto/Aperture as a front end to access them all in one place, set up albums, etc., while keeping them separate from the library structure.
    How is this done. I already have my photos in Elements but the slideshow feature doesn't work in the Mac version so I just want iphoto to reference my images without importing them and duplicating hard drive space.

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    Okay, lets take this from another angle. Suppose one was willing to waste the time. Could I go through iPhoto and delete all my photos (I have them backed up anyway), and then save them all (in seperate folders of course depending on cars/family/vacation/etc) inside a new pictures folder I'd create somewhere else under my user account.

    Could I then "import" these pictures from the new folder I created? (thinking outloud here) Would I be able to add photos to this directory? Or is all this more trouble than its worth?

    End result: I want to be able to add new photos to each event at will and be able to edit them occasionally (probably in Pixelmator) or email them out or post one occasionally online.
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    Suppose one was willing to waste the time. Could I go through iPhoto and delete all my photos
    Yes. It would take about 30 seconds. Main iPhoto window, Select All, delete.

    then save them all (in seperate folders of course depending on cars/family/vacation/etc) inside a new pictures folder I'd create somewhere else under my user account.
    Yes, just drag them from your backup.

    Could I then "import" these pictures from the new folder I created?
    Import into iPhoto? Of course.

    I want to be able to add new photos to each event at will
    You can't add photos to an Event in iPhoto, but you can merge two Events to make one.

    edit them occasionally (probably in Pixelmator)
    To edit a photo in iPhoto, you double click it. In iPhoto Preferences, you can choose which Application that photo opens in for editing.

    or email them out or post one occasionally online.
    You can email direct from iPhoto and post online direct to Facebook and the like.

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