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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Creating a new roll in iPhoto

A good way of classifying you pictures in iPhoto without much effort is by using film rolls. This gives you a more understandable library where you don't have 2500 pictures in a big chunk. It kind of separates the events without the need of creating an album for each one. You can enable film rolls by choosing "Film Rolls" in the "View" menu. When you import pictures from your camera, the rolls will be created automatically. This works amazingly well until you import the content of your camera memory card and you realize you didn't have time to import before and you are now stuck with two events in a single roll. I used to do it in a really complicated manner. I imported any picture from my camera and it would create a roll. I deleted the picture and transferred one of the event to the new roll. That was until I found the simplest way imaginable of doing it: you select the pictures you want in the roll with two events and you choose "Create a Film Roll" from the "File" menu. Boom, you now have your two events in separate and organized rolls.


Anonymous rick said...

And I see you can merge rolls as well. That very cool when more then one camera captured photo's on the same holliday..

January 23, 2007 at 3:02 AM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

Yes, that is also very useful. MacGeek.

January 23, 2007 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger Perttu said...

Didn't know you could do this. Thanks for the tip.

January 25, 2007 at 5:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip!! it helps a lot !!

January 25, 2007 at 6:20 AM  
Anonymous maria said...

This works really great.. didnt know u could do it and you can even change the dates of the roll for whatever u want to call the roll.....

January 25, 2007 at 6:24 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

rick said...
And I see you can merge rolls as well.

I don't see how to merge rolls. Can you please explain?

January 25, 2007 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

You can easily merge rolls by dragging a roll into the other roll. I'll add a screenshot to the front page in a minute. MacGeek

January 25, 2007 at 8:02 PM  
Blogger Slobodan said...

In my case, the "Create Film Roll" menu item is always grayed out?! It does not help if I choose (or not) "Film Rolls" from the "View" menu, or if I choose Library as a whole, or individual years, or Last Roll, or Last 12 Months :-(

January 27, 2007 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

You have to highlight or select pictures in another film roll. The pictures you highlight are going to be the pictures transfered into the new roll. MacGeek.

January 27, 2007 at 11:08 PM  
Blogger Slobodan said...

Perhaps I did not start from the beginning in my previous post... indeed I first selected pictures, then tried to "Create Film Roll" from the File menu, only to find it grayed out. In the meantime, I found the solution on iPhoto discussion boards: not only you have to have the whole Library selected in the Source list (not just individual years or Last Roll or Last 12 Months), but you have to make sure all the years are checked, even if some of them are empty.

January 28, 2007 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Guido said...

This is great. Really helps to organize it a bit more. But I still had the problem of several events that were in different rolls. I found out that you can drag them easily from one to another filmroll. Just select de pics and drag them to the top of the filmroll area where the rollnumber and date is. When you see that it highlights in blue, you can drop them. It doesn't work when you try to drop them somewhere else.

August 26, 2007 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Guido said...

Btw, I also found out that with filmroll, you can easily select all the pictures at once in that roll by clicking the filmroll-icon or date. Just anywhere at the top headline of that roll.

August 26, 2007 at 9:05 AM  
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