iPhoto: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This document contains frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding iPhoto, with answers to those questions.

Questions answered in this document:

  1. What are the advantages of using my Macintosh and iPhoto to manage my digital images?
  2. How do I import my photos into iPhoto?
  3. Can I lose my digital photos in iPhoto?
  4. If I edit my images, will I lose the originals?
  5. Can I burn a CD or DVD to back up my iPhoto library?
  6. Which digital cameras can I use with iPhoto?
  7. Can I use a digital camera that does not support USB with iPhoto?
  8. Can I use a film camera with iPhoto?
  9. Does iPhoto work with flatbed scanners or film scanners?
  10. Can I have my photos professionally processed?
  11. How can I display my photos on the Internet?
  12. Can I publish my photos in a book?
  13. What is 1-Click ordering?

Question 1: What are the advantages of using my Macintosh and iPhoto to manage my digital images?

Answer: Before iPhoto, digital camera users struggled with transferring images from their camera to their computer and organizing many folders of unsorted images. Finding images was even more difficult. Images downloaded from a digital camera or flash memory card were often named with long, unintelligible number strings. Sifting through these digital image files required opening them in an application to identify which picture was which. With iPhoto, you download your images directly from your digital camera or flash card and instantly see your images with resizable thumbnails. You can even create an instant slide show from your newly downloaded images with the click of a button. Organizing your images with iPhoto is a snap. You can just scroll the window to spot the image you want. You can instantly assign keywords to an image for even faster searching, and arrange your images into neatly organized photo albums. Sharing your images is easier than ever before. Make inkjet prints, create a photo album on the web, or send photos via email. You can even order professionally processed Kodak prints or a professionally printed book of your images, all from within the iPhoto application. (1)


Question 2: How do I import my photos into iPhoto?

Answer: To import your images from a digital camera or flash card, plug the device into an open USB port on your Mac. iPhoto will recognize the connection, launch itself, and be ready for import. Then simply click the Import button and your images will be transferred into the iPhoto library. You have the convenient option of deleting the images from your camera automatically after import, making your camera ready to use immediately.

Question 3: Can I lose my digital photos in iPhoto?

Answer: Digital photos imported into iPhoto are placed in a folder titled iPhoto Library that resides in the Pictures folder in each Mac OS X user's home directory. Your photos are safe as long as you do not delete this folder. Naturally, it's always a good idea to back up your iPhoto Library folder regularly by copying it to another local hard drive or network drive or burning it on a CD.

Question 4: If I edit my images, will I lose the originals?

Answer: If you make any changes to a photo in iPhoto, a copy of your original photo is created and stored in the iPhoto library in case you need it. So if you crop, remove red-eye, or make other changes to a photo, you always have the ability to return to the original image by selecting Revert To Original from the iPhoto Edit menu. You can also make a duplicate of the original photo for extra protection or to try out different versions. Just click the photo and press Command-D. An exact duplicate will appear in the iPhoto library.

Question 5: Can I burn a CD or DVD to back up my iPhoto library?

Answer: Yes, you can easily back up your iPhoto library by using the CD burning capabilities of Mac OS X. Simply insert a blank CD into your internal or external CD-RW drive and copy the iPhoto library to the CD icon on your desktop. When you drag the CD icon to the Trash/Eject button in the Dock, you are given the option to burn the CD. Click Burn and the CD is created. To burn a DVD backup of your digital images, use iDVD and a SuperDrive-equipped Mac.

Question 6: Which digital cameras can I use with iPhoto?

Answer: iPhoto works with many third-party USB digital cameras. Click here to view a list of supported cameras.

Question 7: Can I use a digital camera that does not support USB with iPhoto?

Answer: Older generations of digital cameras and some currently shipping digital cameras do not support a USB connection to a computer. If you want to use such a camera with iPhoto, simply purchase a flash card reader, SmartMedia reader, or Memory Stick reader depending on the type of storage media your camera uses. The Apple Store carries a line of card readers that have been tested with iPhoto, one of which should work with the media from your camera.


Question 8: Can I use a film camera with iPhoto?

Answer: To use iPhoto with your film camera, you will need to convert your negatives, prints, or slides to digital images. Many traditional film processing stores offer this service at the time you take your film in for processing. You can also convert your photos to digital images by scanning your negatives or slides with a film scanner. Or you can scan your prints with a flatbed scanner.


Question 9: Does iPhoto work with flatbed scanners or film scanners?

Answer: Yes. To use iPhoto with your flatbed or film scanner, simply scan your negative, slide, or print with the scanner and save the resulting files to a folder on your Mac. You can import the images directly into iPhoto with the Import command. You can also drag the folder of images directly onto the iPhoto interface and add photos that way.


Question 10: Can I have my photos professionally processed?

Answer: Yes, with iPhoto you can have your digital photos sent from your desktop to your doorstep. Select the photos, size, and number of prints directly within iPhoto using the Order Prints button in the Share window, and your digital photo files are processed on Kodak paper and mailed right to your door. Prints are available in wallet, 4 by 6, 5 by 7, 8 by 10, 16 by 20, and 20 by 30 sizes. (1)


Question 11: How can I display my photos on the Internet?

Answer: iPhoto makes it easy for you to create a photo album on the web using HomePage. HomePage is part of .Mac, a suite of online services from Apple available to all Mac users with an Internet connection. (2) If you are a .Mac member, just drag the photos you want to display into an album in iPhoto, then click the HomePage button in the Share window. You can choose from a variety of themes, then add captions and an introduction to your page. Then just click a button and your web page will be published to your .Mac website, which can be viewed using any web browser at homepage.mac.com/membername. Once your page is published, you can use HomePage on the web to edit your page. Just log into your .Mac account, highlight your page, and click the Edit button. If you have iLife ’06 or later, you can also use iWeb to publish photo pages to .Mac.


Question 12: Can I publish my photos in a book?

Answer: Yes. To create your book, just select an album or specific photos in the Organize window, arrange them in the order you prefer, and click the Book tab. Your pictures will be laid out automatically in the Picture Book theme. You can customize your book by choosing one of the other preset themes: Portfolio, Classic, or Story Book. Then add your own text. Once you have finished your book, you can print it on your inkjet printer or you can order it professionally printed and linen-bound from within iPhoto. (1)


Question 13: What is 1-Click ordering?

Answer: 1-Click ordering is an easy way to store your purchase and shipping information securely with Apple. You can enable Apple Store 1-Click ordering in iPhoto so that you don't have to enter the billing and shipping information each time you make a purchase. 1-Click ordering must be enabled to purchase a book or Kodak prints in iPhoto.


Notes


  1. Hardcover book and print ordering services are available only in the United States and Canada (English version only); fees apply. Internet access is required; access fees may apply.
  2. Publishing with HomePage requires Internet access; access fees may apply.
  3. 1-Click is a registered service mark of Amazon.com, Inc.
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