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iPhoto reduced file size of older photos

937 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 12, 2013 7:21 PM by wayne mitzner RSS
Stas Slobodyanik Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 24, 2012 11:00 PM

Hi there!


Please help me get my precious photos back to the normal resolution. Yesterday I was looking for some old pictures in my one and only iPhoto library. Had found the right ones and dragged them to the desktop.


Unfortunately all the files are 360x269 or 640x480 resolution! It's killing me literally, cos I didn't do any resize myself anytime (those are my old photos and there was no need to do any enhancements).


I've discovered that iPhoto keeps different versions of each photo (master or the original and thumbnail or preview). BUT all the photos in the master folder ARE SMALL TOO!!!


here is the link to dropbox with screenshot of the folder:


As you can see all folders inside the Master folder are in kB sizes. That's rediculos.


Revert to original option in the the iPhoto Photos menu is not active when selecting the photos with reduced sizes.


Please help me recover my precious-precious photos!


Thanks in advance!

Mac OS X (10.6.8), iPhoto 9.2.3
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,650 points)
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    Oct 25, 2012 12:31 AM (in response to Stas Slobodyanik)

    What's the history of this library? Was it imported from another machine at some point?


    iPhoto does not reduce the size of your originals.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,650 points)
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    Oct 25, 2012 1:05 AM (in response to Stas Slobodyanik)

    Ever had a duplicates problem with the Library?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,650 points)
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    Oct 25, 2012 3:27 AM (in response to Stas Slobodyanik)

    This is what happens when you import one Library into another  by dragging the Library to the iPhoto icon, for instance. Every version and thumbnail is imported like a distinct photo, you lose all your Albums, Keywords etc., the link between Original and Previews is destroyed, the non-destructive editing feature is ruined and so on. In summary: it's mess.


    So, when you get the 300kb images, they're the thumbnails from that library, being treted as individual images.


    Do you still have that back up library?

  • wayne mitzner Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
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    Feb 12, 2013 7:21 PM (in response to Stas Slobodyanik)

    did you ever solve this problem?  i think i have the same issue, and can't see a solution either.


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