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How to e-mail images directly from iPhoto '11

Learn how to use iPhoto to e-mail photos.

To e-mail a photo from iPhoto, start by clicking on Share in the lower-right corner. Screenshot by Matt Elliott

Perhaps you shun social media and photo-sharing sites. For you, e-mail is the simplest and most direct way of sharing photos. That's fine. I'm sure you have your reasons. I'm not here to sell you on Facebook or Flickr. If you are on a Mac and use iPhoto, however, I have a suggestion. Link your preferred e-mail account with iPhoto, which lets you e-mail photos directly from iPhoto. No more will you need to fire up your e-mail client and hunt for the attachment (hopefully, one that you've already resized) and wait for it to be attached.

Upon first glance, you may think you need a MobileMe account to e-mail directly from iPhoto. Not true. You can add any e-mail account to iPhoto. It's easy. Here's how:

Hit the plus sign to add an e-mail account to iPhoto. Screenshot by Matt Elliott

To add an e-mail account, click on the iPhoto button from the menu bar and select Preferences and then Accounts. (If the MobileMe log-in window pops up, just hit cancel.) In the lower-left corner of the Accounts window, hit the plus sign and choose Email.

Choose your provider. Screenshot by Matt Elliott

From here, you'll see popular e-mail clients listed along with Other. Choose your e-mail provider or add your own, enter your log-in information, and a description. Now, when you highlight a photo or photos and click on the Share button in the lower-right corner of iPhoto, you'll be able to e-mail the selected photo(s) from that account.

You can resize your image(s) in iPhoto's e-mail window and select a template. Screenshot by Matt Elliott