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How can I move my 31K photos to a standalone drive in folders and then import them back to edit and then perhaps return them to iphoto and library to produce slide shows

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I want to move my photos into folders, which reflect the contents of iphoto events , to a standalone hard drive. Subsequently I intend to return them a few at a time to edit in Elements. Once  they are edited I may return groups to iphoto to organize into slide shows. As things stand now, my iMac drive is rapidly filling  up. I do not use raw files so I want to move Jpegs and edit them.

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  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,535 points)

    David,

    To create folders with the photos from your events, you can simply select your event in the "Source list " and use the command "File > Eport" and select a folder on your external drive as an export destination.

     

    But may I suggest to consider to things?

    1. First of all, it is not necessary to export a photo from iPhoto to edit it in PSE and then to reimport. You can simply set Photoshop Elements as an external editor in the "Advanced" panel of the iPhoto preferences (that is where it is in iPhoto '11): Edit Photos in Photoshop Elements. This way, a Photo will open in PSE, when you edit it and you will find the edited version in the correct event in your iPhoto library.
    2. It will be less trouble to reorganize your photo collection, if you simply copy your whole iPhoto Library to your external drive, after you have done all edits, if you want to free space on your mac. Then export the few events or albums you want for slideshows and import them into a new, smaller library on your system drive - or simply delete all events from the library on your system drive, that you do not need there any longer.  Be sure to check, that your backup is current, before you do any of this.

    BTW, this is the iPhoto Forum for IOS apps, not for iPhoto on a Mac. I have asked the hosts to relocate your post to the iLife iPhoto Forum.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)

    I'm with Léonie. That's a very (and unnecessarily) complicated plan you have there. As Léonie says you can just set Elements as an external editor.

     

    To move a 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.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,900 points)

    Next question. I can go to Finder, select all the pictures in the library and export them - maybe.

    No - re-read the instructions from Terence and Leonie - no mention of the finder at all - the finder is not involved in exporting - you export by selecting the photo(s) in iPhoto and exporting (file menu ==> export)

     

    To create folders with the photos from your events, you can simply select your event in the "Source list " and use the command "File > Eport" and select a folder on your external drive as an export destination.

    You should not be doing anything with the finder nor anything inside of the iPhoto library

     

    LN

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