Skip navigation

Exporting from iPhoto

2691 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: May 8, 2013 9:39 AM by SoniqDotOrg RSS
Subbu44 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Currently Being Moderated
Aug 21, 2012 3:06 PM

These have probably been answered elsewhere. Based on a search, I was unable to find my two queries exactly addressed, Therefore, I am posting them here.


1) The HD on my Macbook Pro 13 is bursting at the seams. I am creating space by moving my photos and music to an external HD. I realize that if I choose JPEG Quality:Maximum and  Size: Full Size from the File-Export dialog box, I would be exporting at the highest resolution. However, I saw on some websites that TIFF is higher quality than JPEG. I see from my Library-Pictures folder that all the photos are jpg files (that's the format my camera saves in). So, would exporting jpeg photos as TIFF make any difference? Or, am I just better off exporting at JPEG Maximum? Btw, I have iLife '11 and OS Lion.


2) Is there a way to export all the iPhoto Events with their photos to an external HD all at once? I have been creating folders for each event manually on the external HD  and then exporting event by event. I could copy the Library-Pictures folder altogether, but the folders within it are not the names I gave for each event in  iPhoto. Wondering whether there's some place the Mac stores all the events (with the titles I gave) along with their photos.


I will apreciate any help. Thanks.



Macbook Pro and Mac Pro quad, Two 23" monitors
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 21, 2012 3:18 PM (in response to Subbu44)

    Why not just move the whole Library:


    Make sure the drive is formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled)


    1. Quit iPhoto


    2. Copy the iPhoto Library from your Pictures Folder to the External Disk.


    3. Hold down the option (or alt) key while launching iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library' and navigate to the new location. From that point on this will be the default location of your library.


    4. Test the library and when you're sure all is well, trash the one on your internal HD to free up space.


    As to your specific questions:


    Tiff is an uncompressed format so the files are huge - 10 times larger or more. There may be an argument for using tiff if you expct to do lots and lots of additional editing. If not, then I'm not sure it's worth the extra space.


    If you have the very latest version of iPhoto 11 then yes, that's an option in the export dialogue. Otherwise:

    Apps like iPhoto2Disk or PhotoShare will help you export to a Folder tree matching your Events.







  • SoniqDotOrg Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    May 8, 2013 9:39 AM (in response to Subbu44)

    I've actually had this very same issue, and I didn't want to pay for any solutions - so I created a quick free Applescript that does the work for you.


    Open the App, point it to your iPhoto Library, tell it where to save the photos, and go get a cup of coffee. Your photos will be copied *(not moved) to the destination folder, completly sorted with Folder names by Event.


    I've posted this on my Mac Help Website:


    I know it's an older thread, but this really did help me sort my 2000 events into nice clean folders.


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.