Feb 182010

I’ve had a couple questions this week about making Gift CDs.  The readers had photos scattered throughout their computer’s folders and they wanted to burn them as a group to a CD to give to someone else.  The Gift CD process is very quick and simple:

  1. Select the folder or album with the photos
  2. Click the Create menu, then Create a Gift CD
  3. It will tell you if your selection will fit on the CD
  4. You can include more folders or albums by clicking the ‘Add More…’ button.
  5. When you’ve selected all you want, click Burn Disc.

The resulting CD will have all the pictures – the edited versions – and it will automatically play a slideshow after being inserted into a computer’s CD/DVD drive.

The point of this article is how you can use Albums to collect all the photos you want to group together.  You *don’t* need all the pictures to be in a folder.  Anything you can do with a folder, you can do with an album.  Think of albums as ‘virtual folders.’

Now, here’s the really cool part … temporary albums.  Any time you search for something the search results can be shown as a temporary album.  With the temporary album selected, you can play a slideshow, create a collage or a movie with all the pictures in the temporary album.  You can also Export, Upload, Email, Shop, or anything you can do with pictures in the selection tray.


One thing you cannot do with a temporary album is create a Gift CD.  But, not to worry, you can simply create an Album from the pictures selected in the temporary album.  After burning the Gift CD – you can simply delete the Album you created.


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  6 Responses to “Gift CDs and Temporary Albums”

  1. How do you search in a Gift CD? I can”t see any way…

  2. […] trick would be to get all your pictures listed in a Search Results ‘Temporary Album’(see Temporary Album article) How?  By searching for .jpg – *every* photo will end in .jpg! If you sort this Album by […]

  3. Hi Chris,
    When you create new albums does that actually copy the picture files and take up more space on the hard drive or does it just create a path to where the original file is stored?

    Thanks, Marv

    • No – it does not copy the picture. It is just a list of pointers to the actual pictures. Like a playlist, or a category grouping.

  4. Can the pictures on the gift CD be copied and/or printed by the recipient?

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