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Batch update Faces in iPhoto to match Address Book entries Apps
I bought a new iMac and went crazy with Faces in iPhoto. Two days later I had a lot of tagged photos in Faces. Then I noticed that since I synced my Address Book with Google Contacts, Address Book entries were appearing as suggestions in Faces.

I didn't want to re-tag all my existing Faces photos, but there didn't seem to be an obvious way to link a new Address Book contact to an existing Face. So I took the only honorable course of action and starting messing around.

I discovered that you can transfer a Faces collection to an Address Book contact very quickly.

Assume you're working on John in your Faces collection, who has the entry John Doe in your Address Book. Go into Faces and pick any photo of him, double-click to view it and then click name. Start retyping John and John Doe should be one of the suggested values, with an Address Book icon next to the name. Click to select it.

Go back to the Faces cork board and you should now have your original John collection and your new John Doe collection. Drag the John icon and drop it on John Doe - job done. The two will merge and you'll only have the one John Doe to worry about. Name and email address are imported from Address Book into iPhoto, but as far as I can tell, Address Book doesn't gain a photo icon automatically.

It won't mean much to you if you did the sensible thing and set your Address Book up first, but discovering this technique spared me from the ghastly task of starting thousands of Faces tags again from scratch.
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Batch update Faces in iPhoto to match Address Book entries
Authored by: Anndra on Mar 05, '10 08:06:24AM

Does not just clicking on the name in the corkboard and re-typing do the same thing?



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Batch update Faces in iPhoto to match Address Book entries
Authored by: stevechiu on Mar 05, '10 10:02:38AM

I remember that you can just retype the name in the Faces cork board. Address Book entries will appear as you type, and you can select from the list. Can't try it myself as my iPhoto entries already tie will Address Book.



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Batch update Faces in iPhoto to match Address Book entries
Authored by: rhowell on Mar 05, '10 10:39:07AM

A bit off topic, but after my sister got married I updated her new last name in Address Book. iPhoto updated the name in her Faces automatically. Nice.



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Batch update Faces in iPhoto to match Address Book entries
Authored by: mmnw on Mar 05, '10 12:15:44PM

Thanx for the hint, this was bothering some time ago. But never messed around much. Using your hint right now.



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Batch update Faces in iPhoto to match Address Book entries
Authored by: AlexCh on Mar 05, '10 01:30:58PM

I wish there was a way to say, "I dont know any of the faces in this photo"... would be nice for group shots.

I"ve got a smart album that tells me a picture has unnamed faces.... and in big crowds there can be dozens of Xs to click. Multiplied by hundreds of pictures in a big library.



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Batch update Faces in iPhoto to match Address Book entries
Authored by: paulori on Mar 07, '10 01:36:49PM

What I would like to do is somehow be able to change the default photo that is "on top" of the Faces stack. As I understand it it defaults to the first picture 'named" which is _often_ not the most ideal...



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Batch update Faces in iPhoto to match Address Book entries
Authored by: AlexCh on Mar 08, '10 12:01:41AM

That was frustrating for me too, but it's actually pretty easy.

Mouse over the faces stack, you'll see they change. The oldest top left, newest bottom right.

Get "close" and them use the arrow keys to find "the right one".

Then hit SPACE to lock it in.



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Batch update Faces in iPhoto to match Address Book entries
Authored by: barefootguru on Mar 05, '10 01:50:35PM

You should be able to accomplish the same thing by going into Faces and renaming the person to the one in your Address Book?



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