This digital age we live in has a few drawbacks. One of them is the growing number of photos and videos stuffed into iPhoto. Sure, we can segregate the library into albums and events, but it’s still one giant library of photos that gets larger and larger.
We could also take our better photos from iPhoto and dump them into Apple’s Aperture or Adobe’s Lightroom apps. Both options have hefty price tags and additional management effort.
If what you need to organize your iPhoto photos properly is more libraries, there are two basic, straightforward solutions. One is free. One is not. Both work very well.
First, hold down the Option key on the keyboard when you click to open iPhoto. Instead of iPhoto you’ll get a dialog box that looks something like this.
This method is built-in to your Mac and gives you a quick option to create a new iPhoto library, or select to open one of multiple iPhoto libraries.
What if you have photos in iPhoto that you want to separate from one library and put them into a new library. Export works well, but there’s another option. iPhoto Library Manager also lets you create multiple iPhoto libraries, but gives more options.
Easily add or delete iPhoto libraries and keep them organized. IPL will move photos from one library to another, merge libraries into one, and give you plenty of options to preserve iPhoto data (photo attributes, title, date, comments, ratings, and more).
From within iPhoto Library Manager you can see which iPhoto libraries have which albums. Keep photos synchronized between your Mac, iPad, and iPhone, and even copy photos from one library to another for storage.
Switching from one iPhoto library to another is merely a click. The built-in and free option for multiple iPhoto libraries is simple enough, but you get more control and functionality with iPhoto Library Manager.