This tip explains how you can copy your pictures from iPhoto to CD. Most drugstores and discount stores have kiosks where you can print photos directly from a CD.
As a side note, you always want to deal with photos in your iPhoto Library from within iPhoto itself. Don't go messing around inside the iPhoto Library from the Finder. Trust me on this one. It is so important that starting with iPhoto '08, Apple made the iPhoto Library a lot harder to get into.
Before you are ready to burn to CD, you need to decide which photos you want to print.
- Create a new album called "To Print".
- Drag the pictures you want to print to the To Print album.
- Make sure the To Print album is selected and choose Share / Burn from the menu.
- Insert a blank CD. You may get a dialog box that pops up that says "You inserted a blank CD..." If so, click the Ignore button.
- A panel will appear above the bottom tool bar. You will see how much space will be used on the CD and how many items will be burned to the CD. You can also change the default name of the CD to whatever you like. NOTE: If the number of items says "1" and you have more than one photo in the To Print album, that means that you have selected one of the photos above (selected photos have an orange border around them.) Just click on the grey space around the photos to deselect.
- Click on the Burn button. The disk will burn and then be ejected from the drive.
- In my testing, the staff at the photo centers are generally helpful if you have questions.
- "One Hour" prints doesn't necessarily mean one hour. At Walgreens at 8pm on a Wednesday, I got my prints in five minutes. During busy times you might wait longer than an hour.
- Some photo centers offer specialty items such as Magazine Covers or Baseball Cards that Apple does not offer through iPhoto printing.
- According to the photo center tech at Walgreens, a 24-hour Walgreens offers 24 hour photo developing as well. Handy if you ever find yourself needing prints at 2am.
- You can also upload your pictures directly to Walgreens or Walmart through their website and pick up the pictures later at the store. See this tip for the details.