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Organize Photos on Your Mac into iPhoto '11 Albums

Keep your photos organized on your Mac by placing them into albums in iPhoto. iPhoto '11 albums allow you to organize images in the order you want, just like a real photo album. Group photos together for any reason you can think of – to send to a friend or to share online, to send off for printing, or to display at a party or other event.


Choose File→New Empty Album

An untitled album appears in the source list You can also click the Add To button at the lower-right corner of the iPhoto screen, then click Album →New Album to add an album.


Type a name for your new album.

For example, Hawaii Honeymoon, Dance Recital, whatever.


Populate the album with pictures by dragging entire events or individual photos onto the album name or icon in the source list.

To select a batch of photos to drag over, hold down the Command key while clicking the pictures you want to include. To select adjoining photos, hold down the Shift key and use the arrow buttons. To select all the photos between two photos, hold down Shift and click the first image; then hold Shift and click the last image.

As you drag a batch of photos en masse to the album, a little red circle indicates how many pictures you're moving over.

Although photos are lumped into albums, the pictures actually remain in the iPhoto library. The images inside albums are merely pointers to the original files. So you can place the same picture in multiple albums. You can also remove pictures from an album without fear that the images will be deep-sixed from the iPhoto library.

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