11 Replies Latest reply: Jan 20, 2008 11:44 AM by Old Toad
New2Mac0001 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
My wife uses the computer like 40% for photos. She wanted me to ask how to resize photos because her new camera takes really large sized pictures.

On that same note, I'm used to a PC where you save your photos in a picture folder and use a software to access that folder. On the mac, it appears that the photos get downloaded directly into iphoto.

1) If I export them into a folder in my documents, will they now be stored in two places on the mac or will they physically move to the new folder and leave iphoto? Since some of the pictures are so large, I don't want 3 copies of them everywhere.
2) If I want to use Aperature to mess with photos, do I leave them in iphoto or do I need to move them somewhere else?

Thanks.

IMac, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • 1. Re: resizing pictures
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)
    My wife uses the computer like 40% for photos. She wanted me to ask how to resize photos because her new camera takes really large sized pictures.


    iPhoto always retains the original photo - you can export photos in a reduced size if you want for any purpose

    You can not resize them within iPhoto.

    If you do not want large photos you can set your camera to record smaller photos

    1) If I export them into a folder in my documents, will they now be stored in two places on the mac or will they physically move to the new folder and leave iphoto? Since some of the pictures are so large, I don't want 3 copies of them everywhere.


    Exporting photos from iPhoto does NOT change anything within iPhoto - it makes an additional copy of the photo according to your specifications outside of iPhoto - if you want them only outside iPhoto - export them and then delete them from iPhoto (don't forget to empty the iPhoto trash)


    2) If I want to use Aperature to mess with photos, do I leave them in iphoto or do I need to move them somewhere else?


    Leave them in iPhoto and use the media browser in Aperature to get them - save will put them back

    Message was edited by: LarryHN
  • 2. Re: resizing pictures
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,775 points)
    Leave them in iPhoto and use the media browser in Aperature to get them - save will put them back


    Not quite the case, Larry.

    Aperture is not a photo editor like Photoshop - but rather a (very) souped up version of iPhoto. The heart of it is - like iPhoto - a database, so it will want to import the pics first. There's a 'Import iPhoto Library' command under Import in the File menu of Aperture.

    Regards

    TD
  • 3. Re: resizing pictures
    New2Mac0001 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I guess the next question is about exporting from iphoto. I click on a picture in iphoto and then go up to the toolbar at the to and found "export". However, it asks me about image quality and type of file...but does not give me an option to re-size the photo down to certain dinensions or percentage. I can lower the pixels...but then it's a guessing game regarding "How many pixels would equal 200kb at high quality...?" Is there an easier way to resize if I'm looking to make a 200kb photo to e-mail or a 12kb photo to post on a website?

    Thanks.
  • 4. Re: resizing pictures
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,665 points)
    To get the resize option you must select jpg from the Kind menu in the Export window. There you will have the option to select pixel dimensions along with quality level (jpg compression level).





    TIP: For insurance against the iPhoto database corruption that many users have experienced I recommend making a backup copy of the Library6.iPhoto database file and keep it current. If problems crop up where iPhoto suddenly can't see any photos or thinks there are no photos in the library, replacing the working Library6.iPhoto file with the backup will often get the library back. By keeping it current I mean backup after each import and/or any serious editing or work on books, slideshows, calendars, cards, etc. That insures that if a problem pops up and you do need to replace the database file, you'll retain all those efforts. It doesn't take long to make the backup and it's good insurance.

    I've created an Automator workflow application (requires Tiger), iPhoto dB File Backup, that will copy the selected Library6.iPhoto file from your iPhoto Library folder to the Pictures folder, replacing any previous version of it. It's compatible with iPhoto 08 libraries and Leopard. iPhoto does not have to be closed to run the application, just idle. You can download it at Toad's Cellar. Be sure to read the Read Me pdf file.
  • 5. Re: resizing pictures
    Jeremy Jordan1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Am I correct, that it is not possible to resize photos in iPhoto? I would like to resize to 72 dpi and adjust overall dimensions, so I can use a photo in web applications or in emails and be able to save the resized photo for future actions.
    Am I also correct in that enhancements in terms of contrast adjustments, sharpening, etc. are also not possible with iPhoto?
    I just purchased, I assume with latest version of iPhoto, my MacBook in late Dec. 2007.
  • 6. Re: resizing pictures
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)
    Am I correct, that it is not possible to resize photos in iPhoto? I would like to resize to 72 dpi and adjust overall dimensions, so I can use a photo in web applications or in emails and be able to save the resized photo for future actions.


    Yes -- and no

    You can NOT resize photos in iPhoto BUT you can (read my post and Old Toad's post) export photos and resize them as you desire during the export - once you expor them you can do anything you want with them - generally I would not save them but next time I want the export them again - but the choice is yours.


    Am I also correct in that enhancements in terms of contrast adjustments, sharpening, etc. are also not possible with iPhoto?


    No you are not correct - simply select a photo and click "edit" and you can do all the adjustments you want within iPhoto - iPhoto will save the original so you can alwasy revert to it if you want and will save your changes - you will never be more than one edit away from the original so additional edists do not cause image degradation.


    I just purchased, I assume with latest version of iPhoto, my MacBook in late Dec. 2007.


    You should look - iPhoto menu ==> about iPhoto - latest version right now is 7.1.1

    LN
  • 7. Re: resizing pictures
    Jeremy Jordan1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    First of all, there is no option to export photos on my software and I do have version 7.1.1
    The ability to edit in my version is almost nonexistent, so I do not know how to find these enhancements, should they be available.
    Please tell me how to find these capabilities. I click on everything I can, but have had no luck.
    Perhaps there is something I need to do, but so far, little available. So far, this iPhoto is not a package to really work on photos, and believe me, I do not want to work at the pixel level, just ordinary stuff.
  • 8. Re: resizing pictures
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)
    First You need to start a new thread rather than hijack some else's thread


    iPhoto '08 DOES have an export function (file menu ==> export) and does have comprehensive editing (as I said previously select a photo and click edit or right click (option click) on a photo)

    You need to read the directions

    If you do those things and are still having trouble there is LOTS of help here - but you have to make some attempt too - not just complain

    LN
  • 9. Re: resizing pictures
    Jeremy Jordan1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    No Reply - Just wanted some help
  • 10. Re: resizing pictures
    flissing Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    hi there old toad. you seem to be a bit of a iphoto guru. is there a way to reduce the size of multiple photos when exporting?
  • 11. Re: resizing pictures
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,665 points)
    fissing:


    Welcome to the Apple Discussions. Yes. Just select the photos you want to export and go thru the same workflow as you would for one. It's all done in this window.

    OT