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Creating a Photo Library

Importing Images

Editing Images

Organizing and Searching

Albums and Slideshows

Using Images in Other Applications

Transporting, Saving, and Printing

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Transporting, Saving, and Printing

Transporting Your Library
You can easily transfer your iPhoto library from one location to another by dragging the photo library folder from where you saved it to another place, as you would any other folder.  To open your library in its new location, open iPhoto while holding down the Options key.  Click on “Choose Library.”  Locate and select the library you have just transferred.  Click on “Okay.”

Burning your images to a CD or DVD to be viewed on an Apple Computer

Computers in the IT lab have CD-RW and DVD-RW drives, which means that you can create your own CDs or DVD-Rs to store your images. This process is called “burning” to disc because your drive "burns" your files to the disc with a laser.

1. Insert a blank CD/DVD into the disc drive of the computer. There is no button for ejecting the disc drive on the computer; look for the Eject key at the top right of the keyboard to control the CD/DVD drive.

2. In iPhoto, select the album or individual images in your iPhoto Library that you wish to copy to disc. It is highly recommended that you first make an album of your images as discussed in Part 5 of the iPhoto tutorial prior to burning images.

3. Select Share --> Burn Disc from the main menu.

Selecting "burn disc" from the Share menu.
Select your album.  Then select  Share --> Burn Disc from the main menu.

4. At this time, you will have an opportunity to name your disc, to preview the number of images you have selected to burn, and to view the file size of those images. Check the information window at the left to preview this information. To alter the title, click inside the "Disc Name" box and edit it.

A closeup of the lower toolbar when you are about to burn your disc.
Check your storage limit and the number of photos to be burned.  Edit the disc name if desired; select “Burn.”

5. You are now ready to burn your images to disc. At this time you should be certain that all your images you wish to burn are in the album you've selected to burn and that you have sufficient space on your disc to contain your images. Click the burn icon once again. A new window will appear asking you to verify that you would like to burn the disc. Click burn, and patiently wait while iPhoto burns your images to disc.

Burn Disc window tells you what you're burning to disc.  Click on Burn. The burning disc window.

Burning your images to a CD or DVD to be viewed on a PC

For maximum transportability, you may want to burn your images to a CD or DVD that will allow your images to be viewed across platforms.  This essentially means you will be using iPhoto to organize, find, and arrange your photos, but you will not use the CD/DVD burning feature that comes with the program to make your CD or DVD.

1.  Create a folder on your desktop for the images you wish to burn to CD or DVD.  Drag the desired images from your library or from selected albums to this folder.  These images will not be removed from your iPhoto library, but rather copies are made.

2. Insert a CD or DVD.  Name the disc.

3. Drag the folder of images on your desktop to the disc icon, also on your desktop.  Wait for the image files to be transferred.  To burn the disc, right click on the icon and select burn. 

4. When it is finished burning, eject the disk using the Eject key on the keyboard.  Delete the copied images by dragging the folder on your desktop to the trash.

Printing your Pictures
Printing your pictures in iPhoto is easy.  Simply select the image, album, or libraries of images you wish to print and then click on “Print” in the lower toolbar. 

Image of two students applauding purpleshirt in lab; shown in viewing area; select print.
Select a photo and click on the Print icon in the lower toolbar.

Use the “Margins” scale to adjust the size of your image.  If printing at the IT lab, select the Suburban, the hp color LaserJet 4600 printer.  Make certain that the images you select are printer quality or high-resolution images.  (Please see the Digital Imaging Basics tutorial for more information.)  Click on “Print.”

Ordering Prints or a Printed Album

You can order prints or a hardcover or soft cover album of your pictures from Apple.   Simply select the images, album, or library you wish to have printed; again, make certain that the images you select are printer quality or high-resolution images.  Then click on either the “Book” or “Order Prints” tabs at the bottom toolbar.  This connects you with the Apple website where you can view pricing information, set up an account, and design your personal album. Both the edited and non-edited versions are now present in your library.


Works Consulted

Pogue, David, and Derrick Story. IPhoto 5: The Missing Manual. Sebastopol, CA:
Pogue Press and O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2005.

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