It can sometimes be difficult to use a file open dialog box to choose the right photo. But by using the different modes of the Finder, and also Quick Look preview, you can enlarge the preview of each photo to make it easier.
Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today’s episode let’s take a look at how to better choose a photo when uploading to a website or using it in an application.
To illustrate this problem let’s pretend I’m uploading a new profile picture to Facebook. The typical way that you would want to upload a photo, you would select some sort of option that would then bring up a file dialogue box and have you choose a photograph.
So I’m going to delve into my Documents folder here and I’ve got a folder called Pics. I’m going to pick which photo to put there. Now you can see here I’m in List View and it is really hard to tell what photo it is that I want to upload. They all have cryptic names and I can’t quite remember which one it is.
It is a little bit better if I put it into the column view here because now I get the preview pane here on the right. So method number one for a better selection is to do that. You can see I can even expand a little bit this column here and maybe get a better view of this image there. I’ve expanded this box so now I can flip through these photos and the arrow keys are really useful here. I can arrow down and see the different photos.
So next I can also go to the icon view here. Once I am in icon view if I have a lot of space I can see icons of all these photos and I might be able to identify the one I want. Now unfortunately there is no way to zoom in on these any further or to change their icon size. So it is not a very good method unless it is just a matter of picking one photo out of a lot of different looking photos.
The next option might be to use coverflow view here. Coverflow view gives me a pretty good size preview. I can change the size of the preview a little bit by dragging that up or down. I can flip through these and the arrow keys are useful or I can even click on the photos in here to be able to see them a little clearer.
Here is the last method. The last method I am going to go back to list view where it is impossible to see the photos.
I’m going to use the Quick Look. The Quick Look is basically to hit the spacebar. You might already have used this in the Finder where you select a file and hit the spacebar and you can see a preview of it.
But you can use it here in file open dialogue as well. I hit the spacebar and I get a preview of this image here and I can expand this to be as big as I want. So this is almost the best option especially if say I am looking at a bunch of different head shots and they are all almost identical and I want to pick out that one that is just perfect. I can use the arrow keys to flip through them.
I don’t have to close this window and choose a new one and hit the spacebar again. I can arrow through these or even just select them here with the cursor and you can see the preview window stays there so I don’t have to dismiss it and bring it back again. Once I know which file I want I can get rid of it and then choose it here.
So you can see these are all very basic things that you do in the Finder but you may not realize that you can also do them in open file dialogues and they are very important when you are going to do something like select an image for upload.
I hope you found this useful. Until next time this is Gary with MacMost Now.