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How to Import Pictures to iPhoto in iLife ’11

By Tony Bove

Importing pictures to iPhoto (one of the multimedia software tools in iLife ’11) is easy. You can import pictures to iPhoto from several sources: hard drive; digital camera; iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch; memory card readers; photo services; and even scanned image files.

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After you import your pictures,your photographs appear in the iLife iPhoto library ready for browsing, editing, printing, archiving, or whatever else you want to do.

Importing picture files from your hard drive to iPhoto

If you already have picture files on your hard drive (such as scanned images or files from a digital photo service), you can drag the files directly over the Viewer pane of the iPhoto window after starting iPhoto to add them to your iPhoto library. You can also drag an entire folder of picture files, or even a folder that contains folders of picture files.


Don’t want to drag? Choose File→Import to Library, browse your hard drive to select the folder or files you want to import, and then click the Import button.

Importing from a digital camera, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to iPhoto

After snapping photos, capturing screen shots, saving images from the Web, or recording video clips, you can connect an iPhone, an iPod touch, an iPad, or a digital camera to your Mac to import them into iPhoto automatically.

  1. Connect the device to the Mac.

  2. Click the iPhoto icon to start iPhoto (if it hasn’t already started).

    After you connect and power on a digital camera or connect an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, iPhoto comes alive if photos are on the device.

  3. (Optional) Click inside the Event Name field to add the event title for the imported pictures.

  4. (Optional) Click to deselect the Split Events option at the bottom of the Viewer pane to combine the pictures into one event.

  5. Click the Import All button to import all pictures, or select thumbnails of pictures to import, and click the Import Selected button.

  6. Click Delete Photos to delete the photos in your camera, iPhone, or iPod touch.

  7. Right-click (Control-click) the camera, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch in the Source pane and choose Unmount before disconnecting the device from your computer.

The photos from the device are imported into the iPhoto library. You can see them by selecting Last Import in the Source pane.

Importing from memory card readers to iPhoto

To import photos from a card reader, connect the card reader to your Mac. Standard USB cables generally work with card readers, so either end of the cable can be plugged into the card reader and the computer. Then insert a memory card — iPhoto doesn’t sense the memory card reader until a card is inserted. iPhoto imports photos from a card reader just as it does from a camera, using basically the same steps.

Importing files from a photo service to iPhoto

Most photo services offer photos on CDs or DVDs, which can be mailed to you or picked up at your convenience. Typically, the service offers either the Kodak Picture CD or Photo CD format. After inserting the CD or DVD into your computer, you can drag the entire CD or DVD, or open the CDs or DVDs just like hard drives and drag files or folders, directly to the iPhoto window.

Importing scanned image files to iPhoto

A scanner optically scans a photographic print, slide, or negative, and creates a digital image. Most modern scanners can be controlled directly by a Mac using the Image Capture application.

If your scanner works with OS X, you can use the Image Capture application, located in the Applications folder, to scan photos:

  1. Open Image Capture and click the Full Screen button to see the whole image.

  2. Use the selection tool in the toolbar to zoom in and define the image scan area.

  3. When you’re satisfied with the results, click the Scan button to create a TIFF file and save the file on your hard drive.