Consolidating 2 iphoto libraries

15-Mar-2016 22:06 by 2 Comments

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On the family's i Mac my wife and daughter have separate user accounts, each with their own i Photo library.

Once you have confirmed that the unified library is working correctly, you may wish to remove the other libraries from your hard drive.

It is a good idea to back up all your libraries before doing so. If not its easy to merge all the photos from multiple libraries.

Let me repeat that, following this method will not preserve the albums from one of your libraries. Determine which library will be your primary library, this lucky library WILL be able to preserve its albums.

(In your case, probably your wife's library, your daughter will just have to recreate her albums) If you have an external drive: Copy this primary library onto the external HDD, Get Info on the external and enable Ignore Permissions on the drive.

Reference: If you don't have an external drive: Make copies of both i Photo libraries in the /Users/Shared/ folder. Find the secondary library in Finder, right click and chose "Show Package Contents".

Use chmod or finder to change permissions for all users to read and write to these libraries and apply to contents. Look for a folder called 'Masters', or possibly 'Originals' depending on your version of i Photo.

Drag this folder onto the open i Photo window and all photos should start to import, thereby merging and duplicating all photos from the secondary library into your primary library.

Clean up by deleting unnecessary or duplicate i Photo libraries. +1 Importing the ' Masters' photo from an i Photo library is an easy way to do this and it doesn't require any external software.

It's just mildly scary for newbies, because it involves mucking around inside an i Photo Library using "Show Package Contents".

Of course that's why you backup everything.also, for cleaning up the imported library note that under the Events menu is "Autosplit Selected Event".

The imported photos will probably show up in one Event, so just select that event and Autosplit.

Also don't forget you can drag Events around the list to reorder the list.