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May 8, 2013 3:44 AM

When i create a new album in iPhoto it´s filled with old pictures automatically.  How do I get this to not happen?  How do I create new albums with no content?

 

Also, when i remove files in these albums, the orginial photo also seems to disappear. I want it to be like a playlist in iTunes, where nothing happens to the original when you remove the playlist or stuff in it.

 


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • putnik Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)
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    May 8, 2013 4:30 AM (in response to average guy)

    Make an album and name it "Empty".  Then if you want a new album, select the empty one first.

     

    Removing photos from the album does not delete the original, which can be found in "Photos". In fact Trashing them in the albums, asks the first time, if you want to just remove the photo from the album. Once you have accepted this default, to trash the photo you must find it in "Photos" and do it from there. 

     

    I rename photos I want to trash "zzz" or such, so that sorting the library in "Photos" brings them to the end, else finding them can be difficult.

     

    I also have a smart album set up as "Album", "is not", "any" and name it "Orphans" to collect photos missed out from any album...

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,505 points)
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    May 8, 2013 4:25 AM (in response to average guy)

    If you go iPhoto/File menu and choose "New Album", a new album without anything in it is created.

    I suggest that you update to the latest version of OSX, and then update to the latest version of iPhoto.

    Then restart the mac.

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,505 points)
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    May 8, 2013 5:05 AM (in response to average guy)

    Did you check all Preferences settings in iPhoto: tab 3 and 4 for example.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,880 points)
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    May 8, 2013 5:53 AM (in response to average guy)

    If you select one photo and create a new album it will have just that photo in it - to create an empty album depress the shift and command keys and press N - all keyboard short cuts are here - http://www.apple.com/support/iphoto/shortcuts/

     

    LN

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,505 points)
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    May 8, 2013 6:33 AM (in response to LarryHN)

    Shift-CMD-N is the same as just choosing "new album" from the menu, and indeed normally there is no photo in it unless you selected some.

  • putnik Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)
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    May 8, 2013 7:06 AM (in response to LexSchellings)

    I find these are different. If I am in an album then File>New Album makes a new album with these photos in it, whereas Shift-Cmd-N does make a new empty album.  I live and learn.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,880 points)
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    May 8, 2013 7:07 AM (in response to LexSchellings)

    LexSchellings wrote:

     

    Shift-CMD-N is the same as just choosing "new album" from the menu, and indeed normally there is no photo in it unless you selected some.

     

     

     

    Actually no - check the link I supplied

     

    Create new (empty) albumShift-Command-N
    Create new album from selectionCommand-N
    Create new Smart AlbumOption-Command-N

     

     

    Command N creates a new album from the current selection (like the File menu ==> new album does)  - Shift-command-N creates a new empty album - Option-Command-N creates a new smart album

     

    reguards

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,880 points)
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    May 8, 2013 7:09 AM (in response to putnik)

    putnik wrote:

     

    I find these are different. If I am in an album then File>New Album makes a new album with these photos in it, whereas Shift-Cmd-N does make a new empty album.  I live and learn.

    Correct - command N creates a new album from the current selection exactlhy the same as the fime menu ==> new album does - Shift-command-N creates a new empty album

     

    LN

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,505 points)
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    May 8, 2013 7:49 AM (in response to LarryHN)

    I have the latest iPhoto and in my app - while having open my (standard) library (but nothing selected) - the menu command "new library" just creates an empty library, like the Shift-CMD-N does ???

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,880 points)
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    May 8, 2013 8:14 AM (in response to LexSchellings)

    1 - we are talking about albums not libraries

     

    2 - of course new album from selection when nothing is selected is the same as a new empty album - however if you have photos selected then the two commands have different results

     

    3 - what exactly are you getting at - the OP wants to create an empty album - Command-Option-N will always d that - Command-n will not always do that

     

    4 - the OP request is

    When i create a new album in iPhoto it´s filled with old pictures automatically.  How do I get this to not happen?  How do I create new albums with no content?

    The answer to that question is Command-option-N  --  the answer is NOT command-N

     

    You all have a nice day you hear!

     

    LN

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,505 points)
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    May 8, 2013 8:41 AM (in response to LarryHN)

    Album, Library yes I understand, and used them mixed up, but meant the same.

    3. maybe, I made sure not to have selected any.

    I have a very nice day, and I will drink a beer to prove it.

    Thank you for your enlightenment, and you have a nice day also.

    Lex

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,210 points)
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    May 8, 2013 8:48 AM (in response to LexSchellings)

    Command+N will create a new album with whatever photos that are displayed in the iPhoto window.  If you're looking at the empty Trash bin or another empty album Command+N will create an empty album.  However, if there3 is any photo displayed on the screen the new album will contain them.

     

    To get an empty album no matter what's displayed on the screen use the Command+Option+N key combination that Larry posted.

     

    OT

  • putnik Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)
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    May 8, 2013 12:01 PM (in response to Old Toad)

    Let's get it right. According to LarryHN's post, it is:

     

    Cmd-N            A new album (with any photos on display)

    Shift-Cmd-N    A new empty album

    Opt-Cmd-N     A new smart album

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