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Chapter 1. iPhoto > Create a duplicate photo before you do anything drastic

Create a duplicate photo before you do anything drastic

When you drag a photo from the Library into an album, iPhoto doesn't make a separate copy of that photo—it creates a “link” that points from the album to the original photo in the Library. This prevents your hard disk from getting stuffed full with multiple copies of the same photo.

So when you edit a photo, you affect its appearance not only in the Library but in all other albums in which that photo appears. If you want to avoid changing the photo's appearance in every instance, create a duplicate of the photo and edit the duplicate.


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