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Chapter 1. iPhoto > Export copies or convert photos to other file formats

Export copies or convert photos to other file formats

You might want to export photos to a different project folder or convert them to another file format. This does not remove the photos from the Library. The converted or exported photos will be copies of the originals; any changes you make to those copies will not affect the originals.

To export or convert photos

1.
Select a single photo, an album, or a group of photos within an album or the Library.

2.
From the Share menu, choose “Export….”

3.
In the “Export Photos” window click the “File Export” button.

4.
From the Format pop-up menu, select a file format in which to save photos: “Original” saves photos in whatever format they currently use. The other options are “JPG,” TIF,” and “PNG.”

If you're not familiar with file formats, JPG is a safe choice that anyone can use. Most digital cameras create photos in this format, and it's the most common format for photos destined for web pages.

If you plan to print the exported image, choose the TIF format.

If you have a reason to use PNG, choose it.

5.
Size: “Full-size images” exports photos the same size as the original. Or you can enter specific dimensions in pixels.

6.
Name:

Use filename: The exported photos will retain the default names your digital camera assigned (such as “DSCN0715.jpg”), unless you've renamed them.

Use title: The photos will display the titles you gave them in iPhoto.

Use album name: The photos will display the album name and a number for each image (“Kauai-07,” for example).

Use extension: The file format extension will appear at the end of the file name (“Kauai beach.jpg,” for example).

7.
Click the “Export” button. In the sheet that drops down, choose a location on your computer in which to save the exported files.

If you want to put your exported photos into a new folder, click the “New Folder” button and name the folder.

8.
Click OK to export the photos.


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