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Chapter 3. iPhoto: Not Your Father's Pho... > Organizing Your Images - Pg. 70

iPhoto: Not Your Father's Photo Album NOTE 70 You can import a wide variety of image file formats into iPhoto, including JPEGs, Photoshop files, and other formats that you are likely to encounter when dealing with digital images. Import Images from Other Sources into iPhoto 1. 2. 3. 4. Prepare the images that you want to import (for example, scan the photos or download them from a USB memory card reader to your Mac). Choose File, Import (or press +I). You will see the Import Photos dialog. Move to the files that you want to import and select them. You can select multiple images at the same time by holding the key down while you click each image. Click Open (or press Return). The images will be imported into your Photo Library. You can monitor the process by watching the Progress bar--importing images from files is much faster than importing them from a camera so the process moves along pretty quickly. Click the Last Import album in the Source pane. iPhoto will move into the Organize mode, and you will see the images that you just imported. Work with the Organization mode tools to organize and identify the images that you just im- ported (see the section called " Organizing Your Images " for the steps to do so). 5. 6. Organizing Your Images Because you are likely to accumulate a large number of images, it is imperative that you keep them organized and that you use iPhoto's information tools to help you identify your photos so that you can find them when you need them. As you learned earlier in this chapter, iPhoto includes a number of organization tools that help you do just that. Where iPhoto Stores Your Digital Images When you import images into iPhoto, from either a digital camera or from other sources (such as photos that you have scanned), the images are stored in the following location: Yourhomefolder/Pictures/iPhoto Library As iPhoto imports images into your library, it creates several subfolders and data files that it uses to maintain your image collection. Within the iPhoto Library folder, you will see sev- eral data files that iPhoto uses to keep your images organized; these files are, Library.cache, and You never need to work with these files directly. iPhoto also creates a folder called Albums in which it stores information related to albums that you create. You'll also notice a folder for each year in which photos that you import are captured. Within each year's folder, you will see one or more subfolders that are given numbered names. Within those folders is a Data folder, which contains data that are attached to the images, such as keywords, a Thumbs folder (containing thumbnails of each image), and finally, the images themselves. These images will be named with sequential numbers that iPhoto attaches to the images as you import them. The organization and naming scheme that iPhoto uses isn't likely to make much sense to you (it sure doesn't to me), but fortunately, you don't need to deal with it directly very often. You can just rely on iPhoto to manage all of the complexity for you. Still, you can move directly to the images within iPhotos folders if you want to. View the folders in a Finder window using the Columns view; when you select an image, you will see a preview of it. This helps you know what the content of a specific image files is (the naming scheme cer- tainly won't tell you!). You can copy image files from the iPhoto folders to other locations to use them for other purposes. (Don't move the files from the iPhoto folders because iPhoto will get confused when it tries to access those images. Copy them instead so that the source file always remains within the iPhoto folders.)