chapter 14: screen savers, applescript, and automator 335
it, the Color Picker appears, so that you can specify the color in which to frame
your little picture.
•Tile. This option makes your picture repeat over and over until the multiple im-
ages fill the entire monitor. (If your picture is larger than the screen, no such tiling
takes place. You see only the top center chunk of the image.)
And one last thing: If public outcry demands that you return your desktop to one of
the standard system backdrops, open System Preferences, click the Desktop & Screen
Saver icon. There, click the Desktop button if necessary, choose Apple Backgrounds
or Solid Colors in the list box at the left of the window, and then take your pick.
Exporting and Converting Pictures
The whole point of iPhoto is to provide a centralized location for every photo in
your world. That doesn’t mean that they’re locked there, however; its as easy to take
pictures out of iPhoto as it is to put them in. Spinning out a photo from iPhoto can
be useful in situations like these:
size and format.
Figure 14-2:
If your photo doesn’t fit the
screen perfectly, choose a
different option from the
pop-up menu in the Desktop
& Screen Saver preference
While you’re in the Desktop
& Screen Saver or Screen
Effects preferences pane,
you might notice that all
of your iPhoto albums are
listed below the collection
of images that came with
your Mac. You can navigate
through those albums to
find a new desktop image.
This approach isn’t as fast
(or fun) as picking pictures
in iPhoto, but if for some
reason iPhoto isn’t open on
your Mac (heaven forbid!),
you can take care of busi-
ness right there in System
One-Click Desktop
336 iphoto ’08: the missing manual
you wish they were all 6-megapixel shots instead. They’d still have plenty of resolu-
tion, but not so much wasted space.
tion requires TIFF-format photos, not iPhotos standard JPEG format.
it as a desktop background on that machine.
•Youwanttosetfreeafewofthephotossothatyoucancopythemback onto the
cameras memory card. (Some people use their digicams as much for showing
pictures to their friends as for taking them.)
Exporting by Dragging
Its amazingly easy to export photos from iPhoto: Just drag their thumbnails out of
the photo viewing area and onto the desktop (or onto a folder, or into a window on
the desktop), as shown in Figure 14-3. After a moment, their icons appear.
The drag-and-drop method has enormous virtue in its simplicity and speed. It does
not, however, grant you much flexibility. It produces JPEG files only, at the original
camera resolution, with the cameras own cryptic naming scheme.
Figure 14-3:
The drag-and-drop technique produces full-size
JPEG graphics, exactly as they appear in iPhoto.
Their names, however, are not particularly
user-friendly. Instead of “Persimmon Close Up,”
as you named it in iPhoto, a picture might wind
up on the desktop named 200205040035140.
jpg or IMG_5197.jpg.
Exporting and
Converting Pictures

Get iPhoto '08: The Missing Manual now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.