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Chapter 2. Importing and Managing Photos > Ways to import files into iPhoto

Ways to import files into iPhoto

  • From the Finder, drag the desired files or folders into iPhoto's display pane or Source pane (Figure 2.7).

    Figure 2.7. The easiest way to import files into iPhoto is to drag the desired files or folders into the display pane or the Source pane, as I've done here.


    iPhoto starts importing the images. If you want to halt the import, click Stop Import (Figure 2.8). When the import finishes, the photos appear in the display pane.

    Figure 2.8. iPhoto shows the photos being imported from an Importing Photos source during the import.


  • From the File menu, choose Add to Library (). In the Import Photos dialog, navigate to your images, select the desired file(s) or folder(s), and click Import (Figure 2.9).

    Figure 2.9. To import existing image files into iPhoto, choose Add to Library from the File menu, navigate to your images, select the desired files, and click Import.


✓ Tips

  • Hold down or to select multiple files in the Import Photos dialog.

  • iPhoto copies the files you import, so make sure you have enough hard disk space if you're importing a lot of images.

  • If you drag a file or folder into the Source pane, iPhoto imports the photos and creates an album. You can also drag photos directly into a specific album.

  • iPhoto retains the EXIF camera information stored with images along with filenames you've given the images.

  • If you import folders, iPhoto creates and names a new film roll for each folder.

  • You can also drag photos in from some other image-cataloging programs.



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