Duplicating Photos

iPhoto lets you duplicate photos, which can be useful in a variety of situations.

Reasons to duplicate a photo:

  • If you want a photo to appear twice in a book (as you might if you want it to be the cover image and to show up inside as well), you must duplicate that photo.

  • If you want to crop a photo in different ways, or if you want to print the same photo in color and black-and-white, you must duplicate the photo first.

Ways to duplicate photos:

  • In any mode, select photos and from the Photos menu, choose Duplicate ().

  • -click a photo and choose Duplicate from the contextual menu.

    iPhoto switches to import mode, duplicates the photo, appends "copy" to the title of the duplicate, and switches back to organize mode (Figure 4.13).

Figure 4.13. Notice how the duplicated photo appears next to its original and how it has "copy" appended to its title.


  • The duplicate image shows up next to the original in the Library, and iPhoto does not create a new film roll.

  • The Last Roll album does not show the duplicated photo.

  • If a specific source other than the Library is selected when you duplicate a photo, the duplicate is added to that source too. However the photo won't be duplicated in any other sources that contain it.

  • There's no need to duplicate photos to open multiple copies in separate editing windows; you can do that by using the contextual menu.

  • iPhoto duplicates everything about the original, including keywords and ratings.

About Copies

iPhoto is consistent about where it places duplicates; they are always "newer" than the originals, so they sort to the left of the originals if Descending is selected in the View menu's Sort Photos menu, or to the right if Ascending is selected (assuming you're sorting by film roll or date in the Library, of course).

iPhoto is also consistent about appending "copy" to the title of duplicate photos, making them easy to select by searching for the word "copy" in the Search field (see "Searching with the Search Field" in Chapter 3, "Organizing Photos").

If the photo has been edited, iPhoto duplicates both the original and modified files, appending "_2" to their filenames. See "iPhoto Directory Structure" in Chapter 2, "Importing and Managing Photos."

iPhoto 6 for Mac OS X. Visual QuickStart Guide
iPhoto 6 for Mac OS X
ISBN: 0321423313
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 225
Authors: Adam Engst

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