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How many photos in the iPhoto Library?

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I think iPhoto consumed all the pictures and movies I'd placed in numerous folders inside my Pictures folder, so I wonder how many if found?

Is there a way to find out?

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iPhoto doesn't really consume photos. If you can see a photo in iPhoto then it will be inside a package called the iPhoto Library, typically in your users/<you>/Pictures folder. You can "get Info" on that package by right clicking it. You can also use the right click to see the contents of the library.

Photos that you can see outside of that library are not part of the iPhoto library. However, a given photo can exist outside the iPhoto library while a duplicate exists inside the library.

This is a different setup then Picasa.

Therefore, the photos you see outside of the iPhoto library have nothing to do with iPhoto even if you see that exact same image in iPhoto.

What ever you do, make sure back up all of your photos. Perhaps burn them to DVD before attempting to consolidate them. Make sure that you really understand how the iPhotos are stored. It's more complicated then what I will explain here because iPhoto makes multiple copies of all of your photos, but each of those copies has a special purpose. Be careful. I would not recommend manipulating ANY photos from inside the Show Contents look at the library. Instead, edit iPhoto photos from iPhoto only.

The way to know how many photos are in your iPhoto Library, is to look at the number next to the word photos in iPhoto, (upper left corner). This is the number of images iPhoto is managing for your editing and viewing pleasure, however iPhoto, as I mentioned may have 2-4 versions of every photo it is managing. (original, modified and thumbnails for each). For example, in the attached image, iPhoto claims to manage 449 images, but since I've edited all of them it is really managing 4 times that number so that I can see it as 449.
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After I import the file into the iPhoto Library, can I delete that file from the folder where it existed prior to import?
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In theory yes. In fact some people import directly to iPhoto and never have the images outside. In my experience as a consultant however, sometimes people make mistakes and loose things they didn't want to loose. Also, the old versions of iPhoto used to corrupt the photos rather easily. So, either make sure you really know what you are doing or make sure you have a good backup, or both.
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Thanks!
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