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IPhoto 7.1 has fixed the iPhoto 6 "revert to original" bug

Update:11-30Source: network consolidation
Over a year ago I posted on an iPhoto bug, possibly related to use of importing Libraries. was the original thread, but it's long been archived.
Basically, iPhoto would show the 'revert to original' command even on images that had never been modified. This had odd side-effects with some software. A contributor to one of my blogs found that "file Library6.iPhoto and concluded that the conversion of a field "idED" went wrong. I was able to repair the file using a HEX editor."
The good news is that when I converted a test Library that had an image showing this behavior, iPhoto 7.1 converted correctly. The incorrect 'revert to original' status was gone.
Nice to find something fixed!

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Welcome to the Apple Discussions. What's happening with the V7 vignette is that a vignette mask is created and applied to the photo. If you crop the photo the same mask is applied to the cropped area just enlarging the visible part in the vignette.
To do what you want you now have to export the file and reimport as a new photo and crop that one. A bummer, I know. Otherwise get a 3rd party editor that you can do all of that in one step and then save.
TIP: For insurance against the iPhoto database corruption that many users have experienced I recommend making a backup copy of the Library6.iPhoto (iPhoto.Library for iPhoto 5 and earlier) database file and keep it current. If problems crop up where iPhoto suddenly can't see any photos or thinks there are no photos in the library, replacing the working Library6.iPhoto file with the backup will often get the library back. By keeping it current I mean backup after each import and/or any serious editing or work on books, slideshows, calendars, cards, etc. That insures that if a problem pops up and you do need to replace the database file, you'll retain all those efforts. It doesn't take long to make the backup and it's good insurance.
I've created an Automator workflow application (requires Tiger), iPhoto dB File Backup, that will copy the selected Library6.iPhoto file from your iPhoto Library folder to the Pictures folder, replacing any previous version of it. It's compatible with iPhoto 6 and 7 libraries and Tiger and Leopard. iPhoto does not have to be closed to run the application, just idle. You can download it at Toad's Cellar. Be sure to read the Read Me pdf file.