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Learn iPhoto Week: Edit information for multiple photos

Our first Learn iPhoto Week tutorial helps you to rename and organise multiple shots quickly and easily using iPhoto's batch editing functionality.

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Main Tutorial ImageImporting photos from your camera to your Mac is one thing, keeping them organised with correct titles and descriptions and making use of iPhoto’s Places feature is another. Fortunately, iPhoto ’11 provides two easy ways to batch edit your photo info, leaving you with a perfectly organised iPhoto library without hours of work.

Firstly, the intuitive info pane allows you select a group of photos or a new event and edit details with just a few clicks. The info pane only shows you the details that affect all photos, leaving off individual info elements such as star ratings. Secondly, the Batch Change item in the menu bar allows for more detailed editing of photo info such as individual numbering of your snaps. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to master both methods of batch info editing so you can organise your iPhoto library in no time at all.Header Bar

Step 11: Pick it out

First of all, select the event or photos you want to batch edit the info of. Events that haven’t had their details edited will show up as ‘Untitled event’.

Step 22: Bring up the info

Click on the Info icon in the bottom-right of iPhoto’s window to bring up your selected event or photo’s info pane. Here you can batch edit certain details.

Step 33: Give it a name

Click on the ‘Untitled event’ title to rename the event; each photo will show up with this event title. You can drag new photos into events at a later date.

Step 44: Say what you see

Add a description to give more detail to photos and their events; it’s a great opportunity to include smaller details such as what an event was like.

Step 55: Locate it

At the bottom of the info pane, enter a location for the photos or event you’ve selected. Type a location and select a more exact match from the list.

Step 66: An exact match

The pin on the map represents the location where your photos were taken; you can drag this pin wherever you like to fine-tune your photos’ geotags.

Step 77: Batch change

With your event or photos highlighted, click Photos in the menu bar then click ‘Batch Change…’ to batch change details such as file name and date.

Step 88: Change a title

In the Batch Change panel, select Title and Text from the drop-down menus. There are plenty of options, but using custom texts for titles make the most sense.

Step 99: Name and number

Enter a title then select ‘Append a number to each photo’. This will number each photo making similar snaps easy to distinguish and identify.

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This tutorial is the First in our Learn iPhoto Week series; for more articles just like this, visit the Learn iPhoto Week tag. At the end of the week, we’ll be giving away a prize to one lucky person who gets in touch with a question or problem related to iPhoto on Mac or iOS. To get involved, simply tweet your question, plus the hashtag #LearniPhotoWeek, to @iCreateMagazine or post on our Facebook wall.

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