2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 20, 2009 9:28 PM by Jamie Davidson
Jamie Davidson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I recently imported photos into my new Macbook Pro into iPhoto. It looks like they are all located in the iPhoto Library (so no problem viewing via iPhoto). When I go to Finder and then Pictures it lists the iPhoto Library but I can't see to be able to be able to drill down into the iPhoto Library to go in and select a photo for upload to a website (e.g. loading a profile photo to my personnel profile for work).

How do I view my list of photos via Finder so I can select one for upload (do I need to have a separate copy of all my photos within a folder as opposed to sitting within the iPhoto Library?

Thanks,
Jamie

Macbook Pro '09, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (133,100 points)
    There are many, many ways to access your files in iPhoto:

    *For Users of 10.5 and later*

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

    Open dialogue
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    (Note the above illustration is not a Finder Window. It's the dialogue you get when you go File -> Open)


    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 later* ...

    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*:

    For users of 10.6 and later:
    You can download a free Services component from MacOSXAutomation which will give you access to the iPhoto Library from your Services Menu. Using the Services Preference Pane you can even create a keyboard shortcut for it.

    For Users of 10.4 and later:
    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.

    Regards

    TD
  • Jamie Davidson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks! This is very helpful! I appreciate it.