Currently Being ModeratedMar 24, 2012 9:22 AM (in response to SsquaredplusA)
I have tried looking through my time machine back ups
Not sure how you browsed the TM backups, but if you haven't already, try:
In Time Machine ⇧⌘G then enter ~/Library/Images/iChat Recent Pictures/
Currently Being ModeratedMay 27, 2012 5:28 AM (in response to Rasuul)
I had a similar problem that my user account picture vanished when I upgraded to lion and became a default Apple icon - some boring butterfly. Thanks to Tony, I found it in
Currently Being ModeratedMay 27, 2012 6:51 AM (in response to Rasuul)
I found mine in
with the name
If it still exists you can find it with EasyFind. Download it for free from here:
In EasyFind's searchbar, type
Select 'All Volumes' if you want it to search TM too.
In the left panel, check these options
If that doesn't find it, try just searching for
and sort it by 'Where' in the columns so you can rule out all the obvious ones at a glance. You can use 'Quicklook' in EasyFind too. Just click on any entry you want to check and hit spacebar.
EDIT: BTW, I'm assuming you took this picture when you did your set up. If you took it later it could be in Photo Booth; check out
~/Pictures/Photo Booth Library
Control click on Photo Booth Library and choose 'Show Package Contents', then navigate to 'Originals'.
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Currently Being ModeratedJul 26, 2012 1:19 PM (in response to softwater)
Looks like the answer has been found. It's not saved as an image file. It must be extracted with terminal code:
Currently Being ModeratedSep 18, 2012 3:14 PM (in response to Rasuul)
I just put images into one of the existing folders in Library/user picture (like animals). Close out of system settings first, then when you open up to your account and click on the picture to change it, your custom picture should be there.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 25, 2012 2:07 PM (in response to Rasuul)
What I've found is that in Mountain Lion 10.8.2 the recent images are stored at ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.ImageKit.RecentPictureService/Data/Library/Image s/Recent Pictures/
From your desktop click on "Go" then "Go to Folder" then type ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.ImageKit.RecentPictureService/Data/Library/Image s/Recent Pictures/
You can find and/or delete recent images here. If your goal is to clear recent images make sure to immediately restart the machine after deleting the images or else the thumbnails will reappear in the recents list.
I found this in trying to clear recent images showing up in Skype, Users & Groups, etc.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 6, 2013 11:38 PM (in response to Rasuul)
Under Mountain Lion I found it in the user library. Here is the file path.
Basically it's in the user library within the user library.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 18, 2014 9:49 AM (in response to Rasuul)
You can easily find the photo by going to Library
Press Alt (Fn + Option) while clicking the Go menu in Finder.
Search by Kind : Image within Library
I found mine in Library/Container/com...recent/Data/Library/Images/
Apple will keep changing these locations with every revision of Mac. So, the best bet is to use the neat search tool