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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Mountain 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, master gestures, and achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, Calendar, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, performing maintenance operations using Disk Utility, and offers time-saving techniques for using the Mac efficiently. Along the way, Christopher reviews the 200+ new features in Mountain Lion, which gives even experienced Mac users a valuable head start.
Now, as you well know, the Mac is a popular productivity tool. You can get lots and lots of work done. But you know, it' also a great way to entertain small children. And one of the best ways to do that is to use a program called Photo Booth, and I'm going to show you how to use that now. So, I'm going to launch this from Spotlight. So Command+space, and there's Photo Booth, and here I am. Welcome to my studio. Let's put this in full screen so you get the full effect. And see, its just like we're at the movie theater and I'm the star of this movie.
So, Photo Booth, you can do a few simple things with it. For example, you can take a picture of yourself. Click on the camera icon, you see the little countdown and -- and there I am. So, if I'd like to take a look at that picture, I simply click on i, and I look like I'm mugging and I'm going to get rid of it, so I will click on the X, and it's gone. Now, you could also do a photo booth-style photograph, thus the name. And it works this way. Click on the camera button, get my countdown, and just like at the state fair, there you have your four images. And again, if you want, you can get rid of those.
I'm going to keep them for and while and maybe they'll grow on me. You can also take a movie of yourself, and in order to do that, you switch over this far icon here. Click and wait for the countdown. Hi! I'm Chris Breen and I'm showing you everything there is to know about Photo Booth. Click on stop, and just like with the still image, here is my movie. We don't actually have to listen to that, actually I'm going to delete it.
Okay, so where is the real fun of this? Well the real fun is in the effects, so let's go back to a still image. Click on Effects, and you see a variety of effects here. So for example, I could tell you how much I love doing these courses for lynda.com. And we'll move on through. You can do things like pop art, thermal camera, here's kind of a comic book effect.
So as you could see, kids are going to love this, and they'll love this section even more. Hi, they're two of me, and now I'm going to disappear into my neck. There, that's kind of creepy, but the kids love it. Effects one more time, you can do other things like -- you know if your hair just isn't big enough, here you go, you got the really big hair, down little face here.
I want to show you one other effect. This is a blue screen effect. The idea here is that you're on camera and you will select one these things, for example, let me select Clouds, and you'll see how it asks you to do this. So get out of the picture. So I'll get out of here, then you get your background. Step back in, and look, you're a sort of in the picture. As you can see, this doesn't work incredibly well. What you really have to do is a nicely-lit environment, particularly where the background is lit pretty well, and then this works much better than you see right here.
Whenever you want to go back to the normal view just click on Normal. And there you have Photo Booth. It's a ton of fun for kids and it's going to be fun for you too.
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