This article was first published on 2007-07-16. Due to the age of this article, it is included here for archive purposes only.
Still trying to figure out where to start with iPhoto? Our exclusive iPhoto Cheat Sheet will give you a quick reference for the most used functions found in the Organize View of iPhoto. You’ll be organizing Albums and creating books in no time at all.
The beauty of iPhoto is that it handles the average person’s digital photos with ease and elegance while presenting you with a surprising number of options to create beautiful real world photo products right from the iPhoto interface. There are layers of complexity as you dig deeper into what iPhoto can do, but today we’ll just look at the most used part of the program: the Organize View.
The Organize View is where you review your photo library and take selections of it to make virtual albums, slideshows and more. There are other views that will take over the main area for different uses (such as Edit View), but the Organize View is where you manage your photos.
The key thing to remember is that all your photos are ONLY in the Library. Whenever you use photos in Albums, they are NOT moved to the Album, but referenced in it. This way, you can have the same photo in multiple Albums while the original remains in your Library. It works much in the same way as songs do in iTunes: Albums=Playlists.
Another point to consider is that the Organize View allows the opportunity to add keywords and other data to photos, but if you plan to use these functions, don’t miss applying keywords and other data when importing your photos. This is a good opportunity to attach data to the whole import group at once rather than go through the photos one by one after the import.
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The Source List (left side)
Edit and Album Options
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