5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 29, 2013 6:57 AM by LarryHN
courtneyjpj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have 680+ pictures I want to put in a Wirebound photo book.

 

(It's a book of Matchbook covers, arranged by dominant color.)

 

I have the pictures grouped in folders (according to major color).

 

Iphoto only seems to import ALL the photos and removes the folders and grouping.

 

The only grouping I have available is "Last Import", "Last 12 Months" and "Recent" (which are not the pics).

 

1) Is there any way to maintain the folder structure so I can import the pictures into the photo book in the order I would like?

The autoflow feature doesn't work because it will group all the pics (without folder organization) into the book, organized by name.

 

3) How can I find out the dimensions of each photo "slot" so I can reduce pictures to fit in the slot without losing some of the image?

For example, since there are so many pictures, I chose the 16 photos/page option but the only layout available is a "square" type slot. Some of the horizontal images (long matchbooks) get chopped off and the image-size slider is already at the smallest setting. So: what's the size for each slot?

 

4) Isn't there some sort of option where you can just drag the images into the page and iphoto will adapt the layout for the image? (But maintaining the maximum number of pictures on each page/layout?

 

Any help or insight will be immensely helpful!

 

Thank you!!

 

Courtney


MacBook Air, iOS 7.0.2
  • 1. Re: Large photo book project - lots of questions
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,800 points)

    If you want to maintain your current filder structure:

     

    Select a folder of images and drag that to the Album heading in the iPhoto Window. An Album of the images will be created.

     

    Repeat for each folder.

     

    Sorry but I don't understand how you expect folders to show up in the book.

  • 2. Re: Large photo book project - lots of questions
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)

    How can I find out the dimensions of each photo "slot" so I can reduce pictures to fit in the slot without losing some of the image?

    For example, since there are so many pictures, I chose the 16 photos/page option but the only layout available is a "square" type slot. Some of the horizontal images (long matchbooks) get chopped off and the image-size slider is already at the smallest setting. So: what's the size for each slot?

    Photo slots do not have "dimensions" - they are a ratio - typically square 1x1 or rectangular 4x3 - You can fit a photo to the frame in most layouts by right clicking on the placed photo and selecting fit to frame

     

    Isn't there some sort of option where you can just drag the images into the page and iphoto will adapt the layout for the image? (But maintaining the maximum number of pictures on each page/layout?

    In some layouts for some themes the direction of the frame changes with the placed photo - in others it does not - you simply have to experiment to find the ones that do

     

    This write up on iphoto '09  --  http://www.iphotobookthemes.com/pmwiki.php?n=Main.HomePage  --  explains some and shows examples of the '09 layouts - in general those are still valid in '11 and there are lots more  

     

    LN

  • 3. Re: Large photo book project - lots of questions
    courtneyjpj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your suggestion. I'll try that. To clarify: I do not want to maintain the folders in the book, it was just for my organizational purposes. I was hoping to import the images by folder one by one to add to the book after I've done one color, so the book was organized in the order I set up in the albums...

     

    It's a book of Matchbook covers. I have them organized by main color. I organized them to follow a rainbow structure so I want all the red ones first, then orange, then yellow, etc. Each folder is Red, Orange, Yellow, etc. I wanted to import each folder/color one by one to organize the pics accordingly.

     

    * But even when I do that (one folder by one) when the pictures are in the iBook "project" tab, they are not organized by title (as they are in the iphoto album.

     

    * Is there any way to keep the sorting structure (by title) in the Book project?

     

    * What is the sorting structure in Book projects?

     

    Thanks again!

  • 4. Re: Large photo book project - lots of questions
    courtneyjpj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Larry, also, for your suggestion. I've played around with the right-click "fit to frame" option. I'll look at the templates you suggested. I guess I have to work on the images in PHotoshop so when I do that it fills up the image better.

     

    Thanks again!

  • 5. Re: Large photo book project - lots of questions
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)

    No - you certainly can "work on the images" in Photoshop if you want but you do not have to - in fact the end results are usually better when you do not in my experiance - and as to "filling up the image" there is nothing you can do in PS that you can not do easier in iPhoto  --  read the creating your project section of this article and read the links in it - http://store.apple.com/us/help/print_products

     

    LN