Forum Question: IPhoto ’11 Revert to Original

I’m a new Mac user and I have recently started to import and manage some pictures into IPhoto ’11. I thought that IPhoto stored the original pictures from my camera and kept any modifications into a different file, but it doesn’t seem correct.
Browsing my pictures I notice that some of these have the “Revert to Original” button enabled (but not the Undo one), and pressing it doesn’t seem to do anything (apart from showing an alert).
I’m planning to use IPhoto regularly and delete the original photo from the camera, but right now I’m not confident enought I can retrive them all from the software.
Do you have any clue on what it’s happening?
Is there a way to find the original files on my hard drive?
And if I want to delete the library and restart from a clean and empty IPhoto, how can I do it?

Comments: 4 Responses to “IPhoto ’11 Revert to Original”

    10/11/11 @ 6:38 am

    It should allow you to revert to the original, yes. What does the alert say?

      10/11/11 @ 6:59 am

      I can’t recall exactly the message (I’m away from my mac now), but it was something like “Are you sure? This cannot be reverted”.
      The problem is that whatever I do, the “Revert to Original” button remains enabled, and not disabled as should be on an unmodified photo.

        10/11/11 @ 7:03 am

        That seems like a good message. You would want to make sure before you reverted to the original. So I guess I don’t understand the problem.
        Try experimenting to get to know this feature better. You can always duplicate a photo first, and then try making modifications and reverting to original.

    10/13/11 @ 1:47 am

    After trying IPhoto more thoroughly, I’ve found that it was related to pictures in portrait format – automatically rotated by the camera/program.
    In these cases, the “Revert to Original” button is always enabled as this is not really the original photo (it has only been rotated), althought you cannot revert to the original un-rotated picture.
    Thank you for your interest, Gary.

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