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Import your photos to iPhoto

When a digital camera or a memory card reader is connected to the computer (with a USB cable) and recognized by iPhoto, the "Import" view button is automatically selected. The next few pages explain how to import your photos directly from a camera, a digital card reader, a CD, or a location on your hard disk.

Import photos from a digital camera

You can transfer photos directly into iPhoto if your camera has a USB port and if it is compatible with iPhoto (see page 267 regarding checking for compatibility).

  1. Turn your camera off.

  2. Connect the camera's AC power adapter to the camera, then plug the adapter into a power outlet.

  3. Use the USB cable that came with the camera to connect the camera to your iMac's USB port. Turn on your camera. These things happen:

  4. Figure 17.9 When you connect a digital camera to your iMac, an icon appears on your Desktop named for the brand of memory card that's in the camera.

    An icon representing the digital card in your camera (shown to the right) appears on the Desktop, indicating it has been mounted.

    The iMac automatically recognizes the camera and opens iPhoto.

    iPhoto opens with the Import pane showing at the bottom of the main window (shown below).

    A camera icon and the name of the attached camera appears on the left side of the Import pane.

    Figure 17.10

  5. Select "Erase contents after transfer" in the lower-right corner of the Import pane if you want to delete all the images from your camera after they've been imported to iPhoto.

  6. Click the "Import" button on the right side of the Import pane.

  7. After the photos have been imported, drag the digital card icon on the Desktop to the Trash to unmount it. If you do not unmount the card before disconnecting the camera, you'll get an error message warning that you could possibly damage any images left on the memory card.

  8. Turn the camera off and disconnect it from your computer.

The imported photos are placed in the Photo Library, as shown on the opposite page.

Import photos from a digital card reader

The most common types of memory cards are CompactFlash™, SmartMedia™, and Memory Stick™ . Some card readers can read only one type of memory card, while others can read two or more types of cards.

This icon appears on your Desktop, named for the card that's in the reader.

You can import your photos from a digital memory card reader, even if your digital camera is not directly supported by iPhoto.

Figure 17.11 This icon appears on your Desktop, named for the card that's in the reader.

The most common types of memory cards are CompactFlash™, SmartMedia™, and Memory Stick™. Some card readers can read only one type of memory card, while others can read two or more types of cards.

  1. Make sure the card reader is connected to your iMac using the proper cable.

  2. Take the digital memory card (CompactFlash, SmartMedia, or Memory Stick, etc.) out of your camera and insert it into the card reader. The card's icon appears on your Desktop, as shown to the left, indicating it has mounted.

  3. iPhoto automatically recognizes the digital card and opens; if iPhoto is already open, it switches to "Import" view. The card reader, instead of a camera, is identified on the left side of the "Import" panel, shown below.

  4. If you want to erase the contents of your digital card after importing the photos, select "Erase contents after transfer" in the "Import" pane.

  5. Click the "Import" button in the bottom-right. The lower pane of the iPhoto window shows the import in progress, plus a thumbnail (small version) of the current image being copied to iPhoto.

    Figure 17.12

  6. Unmount the digital card when all is done: drag its icon from the Desktop to the Trash.

    Or Control-click on the digital card icon and choose "Eject" from the contextual menu that pops up.

The imported photos are placed in the Photo Library. (They are also temporarily available through the "Last Import" icon in the Album pane, explained on page 274, until the next import session when another batch of photos becomes the "last" import.)

Import photos from a CD or from a location on your hard disk

  1. Press the Media Eject key on the upper-right corner of your keyboard to open the CD tray.

  2. Place the CD that contains photos you want to import into the tray, and press the Media Eject key to close the CD tray.

  3. Open iPhoto if it is not already open.

  4. From the File menu, select "Import..." to open the "Import Photos" window, shown below. Find the CD you inserted, or choose a location somewhere on your hard disk where photos are stored.

  5. Select an entire folder of photos, an individual photo, or multiple photos, then click the "Open" button.

The selected photos are placed in iPhoto's Photo Library. They also appear in the "Last Import Roll" shown in the Album pane, as shown on page 270.

Figure 17.13

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