3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 25, 2012 10:49 AM by Bronco Country
Bronco Country Level 1 Level 1

I'm sure this should be obvious to me, but rather than struggle for another hour I thought I would engage the brain trust here.


I'm using iPhoto 11 ver 9.4.2 and Mountain Lion 10.8.2 with MBP and Time Capsule.


Last week I added a zillion photos to my iPhoto library as I was combining the photos from several PC hard drives.  Of course this gave me a 135G iPhoto library and a million duplicates.  So over the holiday weekend I've been using PhotoSweeper (a truly fantastic product) to tune up the library into what I want it to be going forward.


But as I've been deleting all the duplicates, I've suddenly had the urge to save the original bloated library as sort of archaelogical record of every digital picture I ever had.  So I want to go back via Time Machine, find the library as it was last week, and save the library to an external drive.


It looks to me like I'm going to need to "Restore" the old library to access it via Time Machine.  And then export or save it to the archive hard drive.  Right?


But how will I get back to my new, carefully culled iPhoto library?  Will I just go back to Time Machine and "restore" the iPhoto library from today?


I don't want to make a big mistake here!


Also, why is my iPhoto library getting larger (now 150g) even though I have deleted (and emptied the iPhoto trash) thousands of photos?


Thanks for any help you can offer!

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)