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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.
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