iPhoto Export

iPhoto is the default camera/photo application for Mac OS X computers. And it is not readily obvious how to get your images out of there, and into a folder for emailing to your web developer!–hence this post.

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0) Step zero is to create a new folder in your home directory. I called mine “web_uploads”.  Isn’t that a nice name?-all lower-case, no extended ascii characters, no punctuation, underscore instead of space. Boy, I just love it when I see a file name like that.

1) Crack open iphoto, and select the batch of photos you want to export. Regular Finder selection rules apply, command-click to select additional items, drag a lasso around multiple. Click one, then shift-click an arbitrary number of items forward, and all the items in the middle should be selected.

Note blue line around the selected items. I selected 5, but the same principle works for 500 or 5000.


2) From the File menu, select “Export”, or use the keyboard shortcut, Command-shift-e. That should bring up the export window:


I want the max width to be 800, so I’ve entered “800”, and iPhoto figured out that the max height should be 1067. Good going, iPhoto! I kept the default values for the other options. Format (original — my camera shoots jpegs, and that’s fine), and kept “Use extension” clicked.

Then, just click the “Export” button at the bottom.

3) Clicking the “Export” button pops up the familiar “open and save” dialog box. This has confounded more than one person, so don’t feel bad if you don’t know what to do. Or you may be saying to yourself, “hah. Babies in their cradles know how to work the open and save dialog box.” In either case, what you want to do is export the pictures into the folder you made starting out in step 0. How you do that is by choosing the folder you made, in this case, “web_uploads” Now, click “Ok”, and just watch while all the magick of exporting happens. Sweet.


I know, it should be harder, but it’s not. That’s all there is to it. 🙂

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