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iPhoto Libraries - Importing Photos Into Your New Libraries
iPhoto Libraries - Create and Populate Additional iPhoto Libraries

With all of your new iPhoto libraries created (page 2), and all of your iPhoto images exported from the original iPhoto library (page 3), it's time to import your photos into their appropriate libraries.

With all of your new iPhoto libraries created (page 2), and all of your iPhoto images exported from the original iPhoto library (page 3), it's time to import your photos into their appropriate libraries.

This is by far the easiest part of the process of creating and using multiple iPhoto libraries. All we need to do is launch iPhoto and tell it which library to use. We can then import the photos we previously exported, and repeat the process for each additional library.

Import to New iPhoto Library

  1. Hold down the option key and launch iPhoto.
  2. Select one of the new iPhoto libraries from the list of available libraries.
  3. Click the Choose button.
  4. From the File menu, select 'Import to Library.'
  5. In the dialog box that opens, navigate to where you saved the exported images for this particular library. Select the folder that contains the exported images, and click the Import button.

That's all there is to populating your new iPhoto library. Repeat the process for each new iPhoto library you created.

Once you've populated all of your iPhoto libraries with images, you should take some time to work with each library. Your original iPhoto library is still available; it contains all of your current iPhoto images and all of their masters.

Once you're satisfied with your new iPhoto library structure, you can delete the duplicate images from the original library in order to gain back some drive space, as well as give the original iPhoto library a bit more of a snappy performance.

When you're ready to delete the duplicate images, go on to the next page.

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