Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2012 2:50 PM (in response to Hemslow)
you are exporting your preview - I suggest using the export command (file menu ==> export) so you have exact control of the settings
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2012 2:55 PM (in response to LarryHN)
Are you sure? Isn't that just what iPhoto used to do with a drag and drop, just take a thumbnail sized file? I have just drag and dropped a picture from iPhoto and its dimensions are 3072 × 1728 and the file size is 2.6 MB. I'm sure this can't just be a preview.
I know I should just export correctly but I am curious to find out exactly what iPhoto picks as the export settings with a drag an drop.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2012 3:16 PM (in response to Hemslow)
I did not say thumbnail - I said priview - it copies your current photo, the preview that iPhoto generates each time you edit - as far as I know the exact spcifications of the export of the preview are not documented
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2012 3:41 PM (in response to Hemslow)
The iPhoto preview is a "good-enough-for-most-things" version of the photo. Medium compression and so on, but it is missing metadata and is always a jpeg.
With File -> Export you can write the metadata to the exported file (If you use a format that supports that), you can export your Original, Jpeg (in different qualities), Tiff and Png, you can scale the size and have options for the name of the exported file.
Put another way: drag and drop is handy, Exporting is the full monty.