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Archived - Pictures look blurry in iPhoto

iPhoto 2 or later can smooth the appearance of a photo that's not viewed at 100 percent. In some cases a smoothed picture may appear "blurry" if you view it at less than 100 percent.
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If this happens, don't worry. It won't affect your print or book orders or printouts on your printer. For the display appearance you try one or more of these steps:
  • In Organize view, try adjusting the zoom slider to a larger or smaller view.
  • In Edit view, resize the iPhoto window to a larger size, if possible. Alternatively, try configuring iPhoto to edit photos in a separate window or follow these steps to view a photo in a separate window:
    1. Control-click the photo and select "Edit in separate window" option from the shortcut menu.
    2. Zoom to 100 percent by clicking the zoom buttons in the toolbar of the separate window. (The current zoom level is displayed in the title bar of the window.)





  • Consider setting iPhoto preference to view photos in another application when you double-click them. Note: Preview may have similar issues when the picture is not viewed at 100 percent.

Last Modified: Feb 19, 2012
  • Last Modified: Feb 19, 2012
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