iPhoto is the built-in photo managing and editing software for Mac users. Sometimes you may want to edit or add some special effects to your photos, then you can use the iPhoto to reach your goal. So if you have taken or stored lots of photos on your iPad, and you want to edit them by using the iPhoto, then you may need to export them from your iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad 4/2, the new iPad, etc. to Mac firstly. To perform it, you can use an iPad/iPhone/iPod Transfer for Mac program.
This tool is a very handy tool for Mac users. It can easily help you copy data from iOS device to Mac. In addition, this software enables you to directly transfer various files to your iPad, iPhone, iPod from Mac. You don't need to install the iTunes to transfer files for your idevices. Moreover, its quick search feature gives you an easy way to manage files. It's a very helpful tool for Mac users. You can follow the guide below to copy photos from iPad to your Mac. And then load the pictures to iPhoto for editing.
Note: For Windows user, You can use the iPad to Computer Transfer to copy photos to computer.
Step 1: Download the software on your Mac and launch it
Download the program on your Mac. Then install and launch it on your Mac. Connect your iPad with Mac using a USB cable. Waiting for a few minutes, the software can detect your iPad and display all your iPad features like model, capacity, version, format, serial number.
Tips: If your iPad is not detected and you have connected your iPad to the Mac, you can click the "refresh" button to search your iPad again.
Step 2: Select photos you would like to copy from your iPad
You can use the search tool to search photo files. You can see the search result of your iPad on the left window, you can choose the target files you want to copy in the right window. Or you can directly select Photos on the left panel and decide which pictures you need to export.
Step 3: Copy photos from iPad to Mac
When you have selected photos you would like to copy, you can hit "Export" icon on the top menu to copy your selected files from your iPad to Mac.
After the exporting, now you can launch iPhoto on your Mac and drag and drop these photos into iPhoto. Then you can organize and edit photos in iPhoto. You can make a try from here.
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