Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

The five-step image edit in iPhoto

From: Using iPhoto and Aperture Together

Video: The five-step image edit in iPhoto

Well, let's take a look at image editing in iPhoto and I have a cool five-step process that you can apply to most photos. We'll get started by choosing our image, we'll work on this shot right here. And then we will go down and click on the Edit button and that reveals our three tabs, Quick Fixes, Effects, and Adjust. We will start in Quick Fixes. Now, the five steps are Crop, White balance, Exposure, Definition, and Sharpness.

The five-step image edit in iPhoto

Well, let's take a look at image editing in iPhoto and I have a cool five-step process that you can apply to most photos. We'll get started by choosing our image, we'll work on this shot right here. And then we will go down and click on the Edit button and that reveals our three tabs, Quick Fixes, Effects, and Adjust. We will start in Quick Fixes. Now, the five steps are Crop, White balance, Exposure, Definition, and Sharpness.

By doing those five steps, you can correct most of your photos. We'll start with Crop. I'll click on the cropping tool right here. We're not going to constrain, I just want a free crop. So, I'm going to leave this box uncheck and I'm going to move the handles here, and all I want to really do is get rid of this little fuzzy guy here. He's a little distracting to me. So, we'll just tighten up the shot a little bit. I think most images can be improved with cropping and this image is definitely a case in point for that. So here we go.

Now, I'm just going to click on Done, and we have cropped our image, step one. See, it's nice. It's a little tighter, it's a little bit more intimate. Now, step two is White balance. So, I'm going to go over to Effects and we have Warmer and Cooler. Most the time, shots tend to be a little warm. That means a little yellow or a little reddish or a little cool, a little too blue. I think this one is a little warm. I shot it at twilight. The sun was very warm color at that time and that's reflected in this shot.

So, I'm just going to cool it off a bit and I will click on the Cool button a few times. The more I click on it, the cooler the image gets and we'll take it to right about here and then you go oh, oh, I've gone too far. So, you can always back off and click on the Warm button to bring it back. So, that's the Warmer and Cooler. That is an easy way to do quick white balance adjustment. Now, step number three is Exposure, that's Lighter and Darker.

And it's also contrast and we have those three buttons right up here. Now, I'm pretty happy with the lightness and the darkness of the image but I would like a little bit more contrast. So, I'm going to click on the Contrast button a few times. Bump up that contrast. See, it just gets just a little bit more oomph, a little bit more pop. And at the same time, it changes the way that I look at the color, right. So, if you change the luminosity a bit, then the color is affected by that and I may go back and just warm it up just a hair because of that exposure change.

So, that was step three, Exposure. Step four is going to be Definition. And for that, we have to go over to the Adjust panel. You see we have additional tools here. We have sliders that we can use and one of those sliders is Definition. Now, Definition increases contrast and detail in the mid tones mainly. And what I'm after is to just have a little bit more texture here in the center of the sunflower.

So, I'm going to move that Definition slider over to create that. And I'm not sure how much effect that you'll see on your screen after video compression but it does improve a texture right here on this. Now, I try not to go whole hog with this. You can go crazy with this. I'm usually right around the middle zone there. So, that's step four, Definition, and our last step is Sharpness. Now, I'm not a huge fan of the Sharpness slider in iPhoto.

I don't think it's as sophisticated as what we're going to see in Aperture. And if fact, I have an upcoming movie dedicated just to sharpening photos. But a little bit of sharpness is okay in iPhoto. You just don't want to get too crazy with it. It just brings a little pop to the shot. So, those are our five basic steps. Now, you'll see that we have all sorts of other sliders here. And in our iPhoto Essential Training, we go through all of these sliders.

But if you use these five steps and apply it to your photos, 90% of the time, that's all you're going to need.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Using iPhoto and Aperture Together
Using iPhoto and Aperture Together

54 video lessons · 4409 viewers

Derrick Story
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 2m 5s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. How to take this course
      32s
    3. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 16m 4s
    1. Sharing libraries
      1m 45s
    2. Creating a new library and determining its location
      4m 2s
    3. Specifying which application opens the library by default
      3m 22s
    4. Moving and renaming the library
      2m 16s
    5. Managing multiple libraries
      4m 39s
  3. 13m 18s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture importing tools
      1m 28s
    2. Simplified importing with iPhoto
      2m 8s
    3. Advanced importing with Aperture
      5m 55s
    4. Importing into iPhoto libraries with Aperture
      3m 47s
  4. 16m 40s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture library organization
      5m 13s
    2. Exploring the iPhoto Library pane
      3m 3s
    3. Reviewing the Aperture Library Inspector
      3m 22s
    4. Hiding photos in one app so they don't appear in the other
      3m 33s
    5. Understanding how Smart Albums behave differently in iPhoto and Aperture
      1m 29s
  5. 23m 34s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture editing tools
      2m 49s
    2. The five-step image edit in iPhoto
      4m 34s
    3. The seven-step image edit in Aperture
      7m 36s
    4. Choosing the right app for sharpening
      1m 40s
    5. Converting to black and white in iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 19s
    6. Applying effects in iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 36s
  6. 13m 42s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture slideshow tools
      3m 18s
    2. Choosing iPhoto for quick slideshow authoring
      2m 54s
    3. Choosing Aperture for advanced slideshow authoring
      3m 9s
    4. Enhancing an existing iPhoto slideshow with Aperture tools
      1m 28s
    5. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture for exporting slideshows
      2m 53s
  7. 11m 20s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture exporting tools
      2m 33s
    2. Using iPhoto for simple file export
      2m 34s
    3. Using Aperture for advanced file export
      3m 10s
    4. Cleaning up your iPhoto library in Aperture
      3m 3s
  8. 20m 4s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture sharing tools
      2m 8s
    2. Integrating Photo Stream into your photo workflow
      2m 6s
    3. Deciding which application manages your Photo Stream
      2m 23s
    4. Using Photo Stream as part of an archiving strategy
      2m 7s
    5. Sharing your images with others using Photo Stream
      2m 49s
    6. Sharing images on Facebook with iPhoto and Aperture
      2m 40s
    7. Publishing images to Flickr with iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 12s
    8. Emailing photos with iPhoto and Aperture
      2m 39s
  9. 31m 21s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture printing tools
      2m 4s
    2. Creating letterpress, folded, and flat cards in iPhoto
      4m 15s
    3. Using iPhoto for simple book authoring
      4m 32s
    4. Using Aperture for advanced book authoring
      5m 52s
    5. Creating a calendar in iPhoto
      2m 48s
    6. Ordering prints in iPhoto and Aperture
      1m 20s
    7. Making an inkjet print in iPhoto
      3m 49s
    8. Making a basic print in Aperture
      3m 47s
    9. Making a custom print in Aperture
      2m 54s
  10. 8m 5s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture archiving tools
      1m 15s
    2. Options for backing up your iPhoto library
      1m 46s
    3. Options for backing up your Aperture library
      3m 1s
    4. Using Aperture to back up your iPhoto library
      2m 3s
  11. 51s
    1. Next steps
      51s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Using iPhoto and Aperture Together.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.