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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, and master gestures, as well as achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, iCal, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, and performing maintenance operations using the disk utility, along with timesaving techniques for using the Mac efficiently.
Do you have a child? Better yet, do you have a squirmy child? Perfect, then Photo Booth is for you. Show it to any kid or anyone who is a kid at heart, and they'll be sold on the Mac. It works like this. Go down to the dock, choose Photo Booth, and here I am. Nice to see you again. Just so you know you can't use Photo Booth unless you have a camera attached to your Mac. That can be a USB or FireWire camera, or it can be the iSight that's built into your iMac or your laptop for example.
So let's take a look at how this works. You have three settings at the bottom. You have the traditional Photo Booth settings, so I can take four shots in a row, and of course, when you do this, you have to mug horribly at the camera. So click the camera button, countdown, and there I am in all my muggy goodness. So if you want to look at your picture, simply select it and there is your picture.
If I wanted to, I suppose I could click the Share button and I could e-mail this, I could add it to iPhoto, I could set it as an account picture or I could set it as my buddy picture in iChat. I am not sure if that's a good idea. So for now, I'm going to actually delete this one. So you do that by clicking on the little x there. You also can take a single shot. you've seen how to take your traditional shot, so let's look at the effects. And here is the normal effect that's me in the middle, but I can add a different effect.
So this is a new one in Lion. This is the Love Struck. Gosh, I love lynda.com. And there I am. Oh, that's good. I'm going to send that one to lynda. Okay, so that's that. Iow, let's take a look at the movie feature. So I click on movie, I click the camera button, and I'm back live again. Now you can shoot movies with this as well. Let's click on Effects. If I want to shoot a normal movie, I would just choose Normal, but there are other effects built-in as well.
Let's try Frog, and I'll click Record. Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit. Very nice. That's one I'm not going to be sending to my family anytime soon, but I want to see that --ribbit, ribbit, ribiit. You could see I might want to trim the end of that one, so I will click on Trim, move the yellow bar over a little bit, so that I don't have me looking down at the camera, maybe trim that a bit as well, and then click on the checkmark and then my movie is trimmed, and again, I can share this out if I had any reason to do so. So I could email or add to iPhoto, and so on and so forth.
Let's bring me back live. One other thing we can do is you can have a motion effect. So I click on Effects, I go a few more pages, and here is a motion effect that does a green screen like effect. So I choose something like fish, I get out of the frame and now I come back into the frame when it tells me it's okay, and now you can see that I have this nice background behind me that is totally real. I can swim here.
Once it's captured that, I can go into Effects, and I can choose a different motion background. So here I'm in France. It is very nice in France. They have very good bread and wonderful cheese and great wine, and very nice people. Back to Effects, and before you leave, I'm going you to take a trip to the moon. So thanks very much for checking out Photo Booth, and I'll see you later!
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