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Start an iPhoto Book with the Pictures in a certain manual order

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I have 200 pictures in a specific order but can not get the Book to load the pictures in that order so I can more easily create the book.

How can I do this?

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  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)

    have you tried starting the book with just one photo - the first one and then dragging the remaining photos to the book in the desired order?

     

    LN

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,160 points)

    iPhoto adds photos to books in chronological order.  You can order the photos how you want in an album and then use the Photos ➙ Batch Change ➙ Date menu option and add  one mintue between photos. 

     

    When that album is added to a new book they will be ordered in the order you created in the album. 

     

    OT

  • kswbird Calculating status...

    Apple was amazingly helpful as I did a book getting quite dizzy by the end trying to find where each photo was. To get the photos into a new book project in order:

    • Make certain nothing is selected when clicking on the "Create" icon. (or file>new book)
    • Once you've created an Empty book, go to the Album with your photos, click on the "Add To" icon in the lower right corner, and add the photos to your Empty book.
    • Select the book and then click on the "Photos" icon in the lower right corner.

    Voila! New book, with photos in the correct order - same as your album. Hurrah!

  • GaryDavies Calculating status...

    Man this is unbelievably frustrating and it does not work as you describe it. I have a n Album and have manually sorted my photos to how I wish them to appear in the book. I followed the instructions above. Created an empty book add 10 more pages. Went to the album and added the photos ot the book and used autoflow. The pics came through in "random" (I assume there is some logic) order. I then removed placed pics and the 10 pages I had spent time designing, disappeared. Does anyone know of a better book production system as this is driving me crazy.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,160 points)

    From your description you left out the most important step: use the Photos ➙ Batch Change ➙ Date menu option and add  one mintue between photos.

     

    Without that step you won't be able to get them into the book in the order you'd like.

     

    Note:  if you're worried about messing up the photos' dates in the library for general use try creating a separate library just for your book.  You can move the album of photos into the new library by using  iPhoto Library Manager. This will allow you archive the library for ordering additional copies or editing without having to worry about the book being compromised in your main library.  This tutorial describes it in more detail: iP08 - Archiving an iPhoto Book for Editing and/or Ordering at a Later Date

  • GaryDavies Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Many thanks I think that will resolve my import issue and this should work but the fact whenever I remove the pictures the document becomes a 20 pager again. I have 400 pics I need to place and I need the autoflow towork on larger than a 20 page document?

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,160 points)

    Give this a try:  launch iPhoto with the Option key held down and create a new, test library.  Import enought  photos to give you the number of pages you need, create a book from them and check to see if the same problem persists. If it does'nt then your current library is the culprit. 

     

    If that 's the case make a temporary, backup copy of the library if you don't already have one (Control-click on the library and select Duplicate from the contextual menu) and try the following (the screenshots below are for iPhoto 9.4.2):

     

    1 - launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.

     

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    2 - Since only one option can be run at a time start with #1 followed by #3 and #4 as needed.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,160 points)

    How were your photos sorted in the album before adding to the book?

  • ivy64 Calculating status...

    kswbird - you've save my life.  I have been all over the internet trying to transfer ordered album to book.  Thank you.

  • kswbird Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ivy64 you are so welcome. It's a weird thing that photo order re-sort, but glad it worked out!

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