How to Easily Export or Share Photos from iPhoto With Titles and Descriptions Intact

How to Easily Export or Share Photos from iPhoto With Titles and Descriptions Intact

Hey everybody. It’s Curtis Bisel from
and in this video, I want to show you how you can get photographs out of iPhoto but
still maintain the titles and descriptions that you spent a lot of time typing in. So here’s an iPhoto library that I’ve
created. It has got about eight events in it. So I’m going to click on the first event
and you can see there’s only one photo in here. If I click on the photo, then the info
button here at the bottom, the info panel will open up and you can see that I’ve already
typed in a description for this photo, “Mom holding Curtis the first day home from the
hospital,” and you can see over here the title that I gave the photograph, Mom Holding
Curtis. A better way for us to see the title is to go up to View and make sure that Titles
is selected. Now you can see the title underneath the photograph. OK. So let’s say you want to get this photo
out of iPhoto to send to someone and still maintain this title and description. Now Apple
has done a great job of making us feel like we can drag and drop everything, so most of
us will probably try this. We will just click on the photo and drag it to our desktop. Now everything looks fine except for right
here, the filename doesn’t have the same filename as the title. The thing is, it’s
kind of hard to know whether the title and description information actually is in the
photograph, because a lot of applications don’t utilize or pull this information from
the photo. Even if you were to click on the photo and
hit Command I for information, you can see even over here it doesn’t display title
or caption or description information. So I’m going to control click or right click
on the file and choose Open With and iExifer which is an app that I bought on the App Store
and if this photograph had a title or description saved inside the photograph, we would see
it listed down here under IPTC. Now IPTC stands for iPhoto Technical Crap
[comical car horn sound]. No, I’m just kidding. It actually stands for International Press
Telecommunications Council and the reason I know this is because I looked it up on Wikipedia
because no one should know this off the top of their head. Now this IPTC metadata information was originally
created for news organizations so that photographers and companies could maintain their copyright
and ownership information with the photo. But what’s cool is now we can use that information
to label our personal photos. OK. So if the photo doesn’t have this information
in it, how do we get the photo out and have that information stay with it? The trick is
not dragging and dropping the photo. The trick is to actually export the photo and choose
the right selections. So I’m going to select the photo again.
Go up to File. Choose Export and a window will pop up and in this first tab under File
Export, you will see Kind. Now for whatever reason, Apple only allows you to choose JPEG
or TIFF to export your photo out and maintain titles and descriptions. I don’t know why,
because man, there are times I really want to use original or current. I’m currently using iPhoto 11 version number
9.2.1 and these two formats seem to be the only way. Since a lot of people use their photographs
to post on social networking sites and the email, I’m going to choose JPEG and then
medium quality which will make the file size really small but still have a pretty good
look to it. If your goal is to have the highest quality,
I would choose either JPEG and maximum or I would choose TIFF and maximum, and then
make sure size is set to full size. So I’m going to put it back to JPEG and
then put the quality at medium and here’s where the magic happens. You want to put a
check mark right here next to title and keywords. Now what this is going to do is it’s going
to force iPhoto to export out your photo with the title, the keywords, if you have any,
and the description embedded inside of the image. So when you send or give this photo
to someone, this information will stay intact. Then for filename, there are several options.
One of which is Use Filename and what this is going to do is save this file using the
filename that was originally given to this image either from the camera that you took
it with, the digital camera or the filename that you gave your scan before you imported
it. For this tutorial, I’m going to choose Use
Title. So I’m going to click on Export and then you can see for Save As, the filename
defaults to the title Mom Holding Curtis and I’m going to choose Desktop and then click
on OK. And there it is right here in the desktop. The image is called MomHoldingCurtis.jpeg.
All right. Let’s see if it worked. I’m going to control click or right click,
if you have a two-button mouse, choose Open With and again for me, I’m going to choose
this lightweight program called iExifer and at the bottom, we will see if the IPTC is
there and there it is. You can see right there. Under caption, it has got, “Mom holding
Curtis the first day,” and unfortunately it’s cut off a bit but that’s just what
happens with this program. And then under Object Name, you can see Mom holding Curtis
which is the title that we gave the image. Another way we can see this information is
to open the file with Preview that comes with Mac. Again, I’m going to control click or
right click on the image. Choose Open With and then Preview. Aww, I love that photo. You want to go up
to Tools now and choose Show Inspector and a new window will open up over here on the
right and then you want to choose this second tab for show Info Inspector and then you will
see the IPTC tab right here and there it is. Under Caption/Description, there is our description
and there’s our title. Now there are ways to export multiple files
at the same time. Here’s an event with multiple images and you can either lasso multiple images
or command clicking on each one. Now after choosing File and then Export, all of your
selected images will now be exported with titles and descriptions. Now if you come to this address on my website,
that’s for YouTube Video 2 and if you’re watching this on YouTube,
you can click on the link directly below this video, you will find step-by-step written
instructions of what you just watched as well as the super cool instructions on how you
can email a photo right out of iPhoto and the title and description will be written
right underneath the photo in the recipient’s email. So thank you so much for watching. Cheers!

6 thoughts on “How to Easily Export or Share Photos from iPhoto With Titles and Descriptions Intact

  • May 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Great tutorials!

  • May 7, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Thank you! Appreciate that. 🙂

  • July 14, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Thank you icoicomarianico! Glad you enjoyed them. 🙂

  • April 2, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Great to hear Catbailey3! Appreciate that!

  • November 10, 2014 at 8:02 am

    do you have any videos that will help me when exporting from iphoto to a new hard drive that will stop distorting my photos in iphoto events please

  • December 17, 2014 at 7:40 am

    iPhoto current (v.9.6) allows you to export Original w/ title, still no description though


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