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Resizing an image in iPhoto - HOW?

3857 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Aug 26, 2009 7:15 AM by MRYFLYGUY RSS
MRYFLYGUY Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Aug 25, 2009 4:04 PM
iPhoto 09 is a pretty miserable application.

Does anyone know how to simply resize an image - to a specific size - without having to mail or upload it with iPhoto's best guess for the chosen output?
iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,810 points)
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    Aug 25, 2009 4:18 PM (in response to MRYFLYGUY)
    iPhoto 09 is a pretty miserable application.

    If I thought that, I would feel really stupid continuing to use something that I thought was miserable

    and BTW resizing is trivial

    Select a photo and click crop, set the constraints to the pixel size you want and apply the crop then export the photo as a JPEG with a custom size setting the maximum pixel dimension you want

    That is all there is to it


    Maybe you should consider that you will catch more FLYs with sugar than with vinegar - and speak a bit nicer to the volunteers who try to help you here
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  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,810 points)
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    Aug 25, 2009 10:31 PM (in response to MRYFLYGUY)
    If you want an image a specific size then it must be those dimensions - so if the original is not that ratio then you have no choice but to crop it to the proper ratio - and then export it to the size you want - if it already is the proper ratio then only export

    As to discussions on iPhoto - no interest - I am a user like you - I can help people who want to learn - but can not change anything so discussion your desires is of no value - make your suggestions to Apple - iPhoto menu==> provide iPhoto feedback

    As an IT professional I would think you would comprehend the difference between a relational database photo manager like iPhoto and file management - like windows explorer - If you want a file manager use the finder - or picasa - if you want to manage photos then learn to use iPhoto -- the tutorials would be a good place to start -

    If you want a file manager and think that iPhoto is "a pretty miserable application" I suggest you find another application that meets your high standards - It is good enough for millions and millions of people - but then those people take the time to learn how it works instead of demanding that it work like their previous system

    Flexibility and ability to learn new things is a sign of intelligence


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  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,640 points)
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    Aug 25, 2009 10:44 PM (in response to MRYFLYGUY)
    Selecting the CROP and CUSTOM constraint crops the image. I am NOT trying to CROP the image, just make the ENTIRE image smaller.

    If you are not trying to Crop the image, why are you selecting Crop?

    let's talk about storing and sorting by DIRECTORY. Date, Keyword, Title, Rating, Manual - WHAT? How about directory/folder?

    You’re rather missing the entire point of iPhoto. The aim is to organise your Photos quite independent of the location of your files. It’s a key distinction, and if you’re not happy with it then iPhoto is not the app for you.

    Once you import the files to iPhoto, forget about them. Use the iPhoto Window and therein you can do everything you need to do with your photos. Then, want to access the files:

    There are many, many ways to access your files in iPhoto:

    *For Users of 10.5 Only*

    You can use any Open / Attach / Browse dialogue. On the left there's a Media heading, your pics can be accessed there. Apple-Click for selecting multiple pics.

    Open dialogue
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    You can access the Library from the New Message Window in Mail:

    New Message Window
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    *For users of 10.4 and 10.5* ...

    Many internet sites such as Flickr and SmugMug have plug-ins for accessing the iPhoto Library. If the site you want to use doesn’t then some, one or any of these will also work:

    To upload to a site that does not have an iPhoto Export Plug-in the recommended way is to Select the Pic in the iPhoto Window and go File -> Export and export the pic to the desktop, then upload from there. After the upload you can trash the pic on the desktop. It's only a copy and your original is safe in iPhoto.

    This is also true for emailing with Web-based services. However, if you're using Gmail you can use iPhoto2GMail

    If you use Apple's Mail, Entourage, AOL or Eudora you can email from within iPhoto.

    If you use a Cocoa-based Browser such as Safari, you can drag the pics from the iPhoto Window to the Attach window in the browser.

    *If you want to access the files with iPhoto not running*:

    Create a Media Browser using Automator (takes about 10 seconds) or use this free utility Karelia iMedia Browser

    Other options include:

    1. *Drag and Drop*: Drag a photo from the iPhoto Window to the desktop, there iPhoto will make a full-sized copy of the pic.

    2. *File -> Export*: Select the files in the iPhoto Window and go File -> Export. The dialogue will give you various options, including altering the format, naming the files and changing the size. Again, producing a copy.

    3. *Show File*: Right- (or Control-) Click on a pic and in the resulting dialogue choose 'Show File'. A Finder window will pop open with the file already selected.

    You can set Photoshop (or any image editor) as an external editor in iPhoto. (Preferences -> General -> Edit Photo: Choose from the Drop Down Menu.) This way, when you double click a pic to edit in iPhoto it will open automatically in Photoshop or your Image Editor, and when you save it it's sent back to iPhoto automatically. This is the only way that edits made in another application will be displayed in iPhoto.


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  • tilman Level 4 Level 4 (1,235 points)
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    Aug 25, 2009 11:15 PM (in response to MRYFLYGUY)
    File export gives you options both for image size (resolution) and file size (compression).
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