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Where are my iphoto pictures stored?

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pboudreau01 Calculating status...
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Dec 1, 2010 9:21 AM
I have imported all of my pics into iphoto. I normally use walmart for all my prints. When i go to walmart.com to upload the pics, they are nowhere to be found under the iphoto library. I need to be able to locate the source jpg files. can anyone assist?
Mac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,705 points)
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    Dec 1, 2010 9:27 AM (in response to pboudreau01)
    Your photos are stored in the iPhoto Library in your Pictures Folder.

    Background Info:

    Since iPhoto 7 (iLife 08) the old iPhoto Library Folder is now a Package File. This is simply a folder that looks like a file in the Finder. The change was made to the format of the iPhoto library because many users were inadvertently corrupting their library by browsing through it with other software or making changes in it themselves.

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

    Note the Very first of these:

    *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
    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 C2D / iMac 20" 2.66 C2D, Mac OS X (10.6), 4 gig RAM/ 4 gig RAM
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    Dec 1, 2010 11:07 AM (in response to pboudreau01)
    Welcome to the Apple Discussions. Remember that you should crop the photos to the print size to be ordered before exporting the photos to take to Walmart. If you don't the print software will automatically crop the file to fit the print size you could could lose parts of the photos that you didin't want to lose.

    It's better you make the choice of what to crop out so you get what you expect.


    OT
    3Ghz iMac, 4G RAM, 1TB HD; MBP 2.16 Ghz 2G RAM; 1.5TB/160GB HDs;, Mac OS X (10.6.5), Canon:i850/8600F, Epson R280; 4G Nano, 30G Video iPod; iPad 3G
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    Dec 1, 2010 11:30 AM (in response to Old Toad)
    This is what can happen when you leave the cropping to the photofinisher:



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