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iPhoto Projects problem.

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scb Level 5 Level 5 (5,380 points)
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Jul 16, 2013 12:48 PM

Every year I make cards and calendars. I move the photos to the particlular projects, usually 1-3 for the card, until I pick the one I like best, and 60-70 in the calendar project. I accidentally dropped the pictures in the card project, rather than the calendar project. These are 40 pictures, of more than 17,000, from 12 years back. Is there any way to locate the pictures in my Library, so I can move them to the proper project, without trying to find all those pictures again, by scrolling through all of them? Thank you.

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  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    Jul 16, 2013 1:14 PM (in response to scb)

    One way to do that is to select all of the photos in the card and give it a rating or X stars by typing ⌘1-⌘5.  Then create a smart album with the criteria Rating is X stars. From there you can drag them to the calendar and then delete the card and start over with a new card.



  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Jul 16, 2013 2:41 PM (in response to scb)

    flag should work also


    and for the future I suggest making an album of the photos for th project and then selecting al the photos in the album and creating the project - makes things easier and more organized to me



  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    Jul 16, 2013 2:43 PM (in response to scb)

    Did you do them all at once, in groups or singlularly?  Rather thann the key combination try using the Photos ➙ My Rating menu option.  See if that will stick. 

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    Jul 16, 2013 4:03 PM (in response to scb)

    In earlier versions of iPhoto we could assign keywords to photos that were in cards, books, etc. Not any more.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    Jul 16, 2013 4:35 PM (in response to scb)

    What do you see if you search for the file name from inside iPhoto?  The Spotlight search might be showing the thumbnail or preview copy, not the orignal. 


    If you're seeing a blank black window or a window with


    in it then try the following: apply the two fixes below in order as needed:


    Fix #1


    1 - launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.




    2 - run Option #4 to rebuild the database.



    Fix #2


    Using iPhoto Library Manager  to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library


    1 - download iPhoto Library Manager and launch.


    2 - click on the Add Library button, navigate to your Home/Pictures folder and select your iPhoto Library folder.


    3 - Now that the library is listed in the left hand pane of iPLM, click on your library and go to the File ➙ Rebuild Library menu option.


    4 - In the next  window name the new library and select the location you want it to be placed.


    5 - Click on the Create button.


    Note: This creates a new library based on the LIbraryData.xml file in the library and will recover Events, Albums, keywords, titles and comments.  However, books, calendars, cards and slideshows will be lost. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.


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