iPhoto offers a variety of ways for you to share your photos with others, both in print and on screen. They are located along the bottom of the iPhoto window when it is in Organize mode.
Sharing Printed Photos
For those who want to share their photos the traditional way, on some sort of paper, iPhoto offers three button choices at the bottom of the window: Print, Order Prints, or Order Book.
Clicking the Print button enables you make print settings for the selected item, including page size, margin width, and number of copies. If you select the Photo Library but not a specific photo, you can print the entire group .
The Order Prints and Order Book buttons connect you to remote Web sites where you can choose what to order and supply your billing information. You can order prints of your pictures just as you would with pictures captured on film, or you can order a bound book of an album as you designed it using the Book mode. If you order a book, keep in mind that the base size is 10 pages. If your book has fewer than 10 pages, several pages at the end are left blank. Also, additional charges are made on a page-by-page basis for books of more than 10 pages.
Sharing Photos Digitally
To share your photos digitally with others, you can use the Email option. The Email option enables you to easily email a photo stored in iPhoto. Clicking the Email button brings up a dialog box in which you can choose the size of the image and whether to include the image title and comments. Click the Compose button to open a mail window containing the selected photograph, and then add the email address of the recipient.
If you are a .Mac member, as discussed in Chapter 4, "Using the Internet," you can also make use of the HomePage and .Mac Slides options. Clicking the HomePage button enables you to select up to 48 images from your Photo Library or a specific album to insert into a basic Web page layout that will be stored in your .Mac account. You can view a sample page at homepage.mac.com/robynness/PhotoAlbum2.html.
Choosing the .Mac Slides options lets you upload a set of images to your .Mac server space, or iDisk, that can be used as a screen saver by others running Mac OS X. You can only offer one slide show at a time, but this is a fun way to share pictures with friends and family. When you update the slides, their screen savers will also be updated.
If your Mac has a CD burner or a DVD burner , you have two additional options for sharing your images digitally. The Burn option allows you to burn an album, or your entire library, to a CD or DVD. Simply click the Burn button and insert a blank disc when prompted. Then, click the Burn button again to write to the disc.
The iDVD option, available to those with computers equipped with Apple's SuperDrive and with iDVD installed, magically exports your iPhoto slide shows ”including music choice and slide timing ”into iDVD. All that's left for you to do is choose a background image for the main title page, using iDVD, and burn your DVD. (We'll talk more about iDVD beginning in Chapter 18, "Getting Started with iDVD."
Viewing Your Own Digital Photos
In addition to sharing your photos with others, you can also enjoy them at your own computer with the iPhoto Slide Show and the Desktop options.
The Slide Show option brings up a dialog box in which you can set the duration each image stays onscreen, whether the slides are displayed randomly and whether they repeat, and which music accompanies the show. When you've made your settings, clicking OK starts the iPhoto slide show.
The Desktop option enables you to choose a single photo from your collection for use as a desktop background. To set a desktop, simply select the image you want and click Desktop. Your desktop background is immediately replaced with the selected image. To change your background back to a non-iPhoto background, open the Desktop panel of System Preferences and choose a new image.