Edit multiple photos in iPhoto

iPhoto on the Mac has some excellent editing facilities for enhancing photographs, fixing faults like brightness, saturation, contrast and so on. The usual way to edit a photo is to either double click it or to selected it and click Edit, but there is another way to edit photos and multiple images can be selected and edited simultaneously.

Open iPhoto and browse your photos as thumbnail images in the usual way. If there are two, three or four photos next to each other that you want to edit, click the first one to select it, then hold down the Shift key and click the last one. This selects them all. If the photos are not adjacent to each other, click the first one, hold down the Command key and click the second. Add a third and fourth in the same way if you want to edit up to four photos. Each time a Command+click adds to the selection.

iPhoto multiple selection

After selecting two or more photos, click the Edit button in the bottom right corner of iPhoto. All the images are displayed. You can select an image by clicking it and then use the editing and enhancement functions in the usual way. Adjustments to each of the photos is remembered and you'll see the settings change as you switch from one photo to the other.

Edit multiple photos in iPhoto

It can be an advantage to edit multiple photos this way when you want to make them all look the same, such as for an online gallery, a slide show or presentation. When the images are side by side it is easier to adjust the contrast, brightness, saturation and other factors to make them look identical. If you edited the photos individually they could look slightly different and you might not notice.

 

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Hi, I gave it a try. The first step, the creation of a view of the selected photos, works fine. However, the collective adjustment seems not to work. The adjustment exclusively applies to one photo actively selected in that view (white frame around the corresponding photo). I am currently using iPhoto V8.1.2 on this environment (MacOS 10.8.5). Have I missed anything? Thanks, Georges

<p>This is not about adjusting a group of photos collectively. You adjust only the currently selected one that is highlighted with a white border. The idea is that you adjust each photo separately, but&nbsp;by being able to view several at once side by side, it is easier to adjust them so that they are all the same brightness, contrast, saturation and so on.</p>

At last I have found the easiest way to adjust the size of multiple photos at once! Export the photos from iPhoto - select the first photo and then hold down shift and go to the last photo you wish to export. - Press 'File' 'Export' and from here choose if you wish the photo to be in jpeg, png or tiff format etc - Press 'Export' - 'Save' - choosing your preferred location (and in a new folder if you prefer) Now that you have exported the photos find the photos (or folder) using Finder. You can select one or all of the photos (select the first and hold down shift and go to the last photo) Press 'File' 'Open.' You now have all your photos open in 'Preview' - which allows you to adjust all the photos at once - yeah! Press 'Markup.' Press 'Tools' and then 'Adjust size' Now you can adjust the width and height etc of your photos, then press 'OK.' Done!

At last I have found the easiest way to adjust the size of multiple photos at once! Export the photos from iPhoto - select the first photo and then hold down shift and go to the last photo you wish to export. - Press 'File' 'Export' and from here choose if you wish the photo to be in jpeg, png or tiff format etc - Press 'Export' - 'Save' - choosing your preferred location (and in a new folder if you prefer) Now that you have exported the photos find the photos (or folder) using Finder. You can select one or all of the photos (select the first and hold down shift and go to the last photo) Press 'File' 'Open.' You now have all your photos open in 'Preview' - which allows you to adjust all the photos at once - yeah! Press 'Markup.' Press 'Tools' and then 'Adjust size' Now you can adjust the width and height etc of your photos, then press 'OK.' Done!

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