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Introduction

Creating a Photo Library

Importing Images

Editing Images

Organizing and Searching

Albums and Slideshows

Using Images in Other Applications

Transporting, Saving, and Printing

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Creating an iPhoto Library

The basic organizational component of iPhoto is the photo library.  You can create multiple photo libraries or, because they are capable of handling a large amount of diverse images, you can just stick with one.  The library is where your collection of images is safely stored. 

Where you choose to save your photo library depends upon whether you are working at the lab or whether you are working on your own personal user account.  Please see the part of the tutorial that describes the setting in which you are working. At the end of this section, there are instructions for closing and reopening the photo library.

Creating an iPhoto Library at the IT Lab on a Firewire Drive
Firewire drives are available for checkout for in-lab use in the IT lab (451 SZB). If you are using your home computer, or if you plan to upload your iPhoto Library to the server with Fugu or Secure Shell, you will not need a firewire drive.   Please see the section of the tutorial entitled “Creating an iPhoto Library at Home” for further information.

1. Check out a firewire drive from the IT lab.  Record the number of the firewire with which you are working –it will be difficult to find your files again if you lose this information.

2. Attach the firewire drive to the computer. Request assistance from IT lab staff.

3. Check that the firewire drive is properly connected to the computer – the firewire icon should appear on the desktop screen of the computer.  

4. If you haven’t done so already, create a folder with your name on the drive: click on the firewire icon, select new folder, and title it with your name. For ease of file management and in order to provide quick access to your files, all files that you create in iPhoto, iMovie, and iTunes should be stored in this folder titled with your name.

5. Open the "Choose iPhoto Library" window by holding down the Option key while opening iPhoto. iPhoto can be accessed from the dock (the lower bar of applications icons) or from the Finder menu at Go --> Applications --> iPhoto.

Shows arrow clicking on "Create Library" in the Choose Photo Library window.
The Choose Photo Library window.

6. Click on “Create Library…” and name the library "iPhoto Library _Your Name_". 

Renaming your library and saving in your folder on the firewire drive.
Title the library with your name and save it in your folder on the firewire drive.

Do this by naming your library in the “Save As” field and locating your folder on the firewire drive in the scroll down menu next to the “Where” field.  Click on “Save” when finished.  iPhoto will automatically open the library you just created.  You have now created your own iPhoto Library from which you will import images to be scanned or images from a digital camera.

Creating an iPhoto Library on your Hard Drive
In this section, we will create an iPhoto library on a personal user account, on your home computer, or on a shared computer from which you plan to upload your library to the server.

1. Open the "Choose iPhoto Library" window by holding down the Option key while clicking on the iPhoto icon. iPhoto can be accessed from the dock (the lower bar of applications icons) or from the Finder menu at Go --> Applications --> iPhoto.

Shows arrow clicking on "Create Library" in the Choose Photo Library window.
The Choose Photo Library window.

2. Click on “Create Library…”, title your library what you wish, and select where you would like to save it. 

Save As: iPhoto Library_Hammeke.  Where: Pictures.  Click on Save.
Name your library and save it in your Pictures directory.

(iPhoto will create the album in your Pictures directory by default unless instructed to do otherwise.)  Do this by naming your library in the “Save As” field and finding the desired location for saving in the scroll down menu next to the “Where” field.  Select “Save” when finished.  iPhoto will automatically open the library you just created.  You have now created your own iPhoto Library from which you will import images to be scanned or images from a digital camera.

Creating an iPhoto Library at the IT Lab and Uploading the Server with Fugu
Provided there is enough remaining storage, you can also save your iPhoto library to your iSchool server space using Fugu.  Follow the instructions for saving the iPhoto Library to your hard drive under “Constructing an iPhoto Library at Home,” and then upload it with Fugu as you would with any other file or folder.  Webspace may be used to upload an iPhoto library, but is not recommended because of the limited server space provided by UT.

Closing and Reopening Your iPhoto Library
If you would like to quit iPhoto, simply select iPhoto --> Quit iPhoto from the main menu.  You do not need to save the library; iPhoto does this automatically after each addition or removal.  To reopen your library, hold down the “Options” key on your keyboard while opening iPhoto.  The “Choose iPhoto Library” window will open.  Click on “Choose Library…,” locate your library on your computer or firewire drive, and click on “Open.”


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