iPhoto ‘11: Advanced preferences

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Advanced preferences

Importing: Copy items to the iPhoto Library

This preference is turned on by default. When you import photos from a hard disk, iPhoto copies (duplicates) the photos to the iPhoto library and uses the copies. The original photos remain untouched in their current locations.

If you have an extensive collection of photos on your computer and you want to keep your current file organization, you can have iPhoto point to your original photo files instead of importing them into your iPhoto library. To have iPhoto access your photos from their current locations on your hard disk (rather than making copies of them), deselect this checkbox. Note that if you edit one of these images in iPhoto, the edited version is saved in the iPhoto library and the original file remains untouched.

If you turn off this preference, be sure not to move the photos from the location from which they were imported. If you move the files, your iPhoto library won’t work correctly.

Edit Photos

Choose how you want your photos to open when you click the Edit button: in the main viewing window of iPhoto or in another application, such as Adobe Photoshop.

If you want to use another application, choose “In application,” and then choose the application.

If you want to use Aperture to edit photos in your iPhoto library, open Aperture and choose File > Import > Show iPhoto Browser. For more information, see Aperture Help.

RAW Photos: Use RAW when using external editor

In the Edit Photos pop-up menu (described above), you can make photos open in edit view in another application (such as Adobe Photoshop). If you choose to edit photos in another application, selecting “Use RAW when using external editor” opens the RAW file—not the JPEG or TIFF copy iPhoto made when it imported the photo.

Important:   If you select this option and then edit a RAW photo outside of iPhoto, you’ll need to reimport the edited photo into your iPhoto library; with this option selected, iPhoto doesn’t automatically save the edited copy in your iPhoto library.

Even if you don’t select this option, you can always export the original RAW photo from iPhoto and open it using the editing application of your choice.

RAW Photos: Save edits as 16-bit TIFF files

When you edit RAW photos in iPhoto, they are saved as JPEG files by default. These JPEG files can support high-quality prints. However, to save the edited versions as higher-quality TIFF files instead, select this checkbox. (TIFF uses lossless compression, so that every bit of image data is preserved.)

Look up Places

If your camera has Global Positioning System (GPS) capability, iPhoto can use the coordinates it provides to determine where your photos were taken. The location names then appear on the Places map.

To have iPhoto use GPS coordinates to determine place names and to be able to add locations manually, choose Automatically. To stop iPhoto from determining place names and to show photos taken by GPS-enabled cameras by their latitude and longitude, choose Never.

Include location information for published photos

If your camera has GPS capability, it records your latitude and longitude coordinates when you take a photo. You can also add location information in iPhoto, even if your camera doesn’t record GPS data.

To include location information when you share your photos by email or publish them using Flickr, select this option. If you don’t want to include location information, deselect this option.

If you export your photos (rather than publish them), you need to choose whether to include location information during the export process. Select the photos you want to export, choose File > Export, and select or deselect the “Location information” checkbox before clicking Export.

Email: Automatically Bcc myself

Select this checkbox to send yourself a copy of every email you send using iPhoto. This is a “blind copy,” so your other recipients won’t know you sent yourself a copy.

Print Products Store

This preference is automatically set by iPhoto, based on your computer’s region setting (located in System Preferences). You can change this preference at any time, or let iPhoto change the preference for you when you buy a print product.

Last Modified: Sep 3, 2015

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