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Iphoto 11 -How to turn off faces?

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mkmichaelmk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 19, 2013 1:04 AM

Hello,

is there a way to disable the ***ing "face detection" function ?

It creates thousands of separate thumbnails, many of them do not even show faces, and same people are shown as different ones, so having more than 5.000 faces in my library (which is definitely not the case). This function only takes up space, steals cpu power and is useless for me. I have about 17.000 Pictures in iphoto, andi think it makes the database handling even more instable by creating multiple "faces" thumbnails and redirecting them to the corresponding file.

 

Thanks for an answer... (What do you think - Better move to LR?)

 

Michael

Macbook Pro, none
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 1:22 AM (in response to mkmichaelmk)

    You can't turn off Faces. End of Story.

     

    iPhoto menu -> Provide iPhoto Feedback for feature requests.

     

    There is no evidence that Faces makes iPhoto 'instable'.

     

    iPhoto is a $15 app. Lightroom is a $150 one, is a lot more powerful - and complex. It's missing one of the best features of iPhoto - integration throughout the OS, and there's no migration path to LR.

     

    Aperture is $70, has a lot more power and is more complex. It's a good match for LR, has OS integration, has an easy migration path from iPhoto and you can turn off Faces.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,540 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 1:28 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    has an easy migration path from iPhoto and you can turn off Faces.

    Exactly. Simply open your iPhoto Library in Aperture and turn off "Faces! iPhoto and Aperture share a unified library format.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 1:31 AM (in response to léonie)

    And that works in Aperture, but if you come back to iPhoto?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,540 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 2:36 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    And that works in Aperture, but if you come back to iPhoto?

    I made some tests:

    • If I disable the face detection for an Aperture library, that already contains detected faces, and then open this library in iPhoto, iPhoto will show these faces already in the library.
    • If I create a new Aperture library and import images with the face detection disabled, the "Faces" folder in the Aperture library will contain no named and detected faces. If I browse this library in iPhoto, iPhoto will not add to these faces. The initial "Faces" scan will not be performed.
    • But if I import photos into this library while browsing it in iPhoto, then iPhoto will scan the newly added photos for faces, but not the photos already in the library.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 4:08 AM (in response to mkmichaelmk)

    Yes. You don't want lossless processing, you want a destructive workflow. Use apps that work the way you want.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 7:09 AM (in response to mkmichaelmk)

    Sorry but there's a contradiction here:

     

     

    i like the idea of lossless editing, but unless you are a superpro (or a supernerd...) it is definitely enough to enhance a picture and keep this.

     

     

    If keeping the enhanced version only is 'definitely enough' then no, you don't like the idea of lossless processing.

     

    iPhoto menu -> Provide iPhoto Feedback for feature requests.

     

    But really, why want iPhoto to do that when there are all these others apps that already do it - Photoshop, Graphic Converter, Pixelmator etc etc etc

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,540 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 7:13 AM (in response to mkmichaelmk)
    But, i want Iphoto to store my final images and to have the seamingless itegration in the OS, without having to carry "the bulk" with me - especially nowadays when using SSD´s is still expensive. I hope i could explain this.

     

    And that is what Aperture would do for you: It lets you keep high quality jpeg previews on your internal drive and reference selected original files (tiff, raw, jpeg) on an external volume. The external drive can be offline, as long as you do not want to edit those referenced images.

  • Momily Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 27, 2013 12:44 PM (in response to mkmichaelmk)

    My Trainer had me just (shift) select all the current Faces pictures on the "bulletin board," then Delete. Seemed to work. (May have been Command Delete, but it worked.)

  • rupsta Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 7, 2013 4:19 AM (in response to Momily)

    big thumbs up to you for supplying the best answer even if it was not chosen!

    all these people talking endlessly about aperture and lightroom when the solution is: command/ delete

  • rupsta Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 7, 2013 4:22 AM (in response to mkmichaelmk)

    in iphoto, go to faces folder on left column. select all faces. press command + delete

  • rupsta Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 7, 2013 4:23 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    yes you can! (or at least disable it)

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)
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    Jun 7, 2013 4:31 AM (in response to rupsta)

    That does not turn off faces, just deletes faces from the iPhoto Window. The process continues in the background, scanning and creating thumbnails.

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