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Viewing and editing still images

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

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Now let's take a look at how to view and edit the photos stored on your iPhone or iPod touch. Again, photos can be moved to your device by syncing it through iTunes, which we looked at how to do in Chapter 3, or you can shoot photos directly with your built-in camera as we saw in a previous movie in this chapter. You can also save photos you received via email on your device or by saving them from web pages as we'll see in later chapters. But in this movie, we're going to look at how to view your photos once they're stored on your device. All of your photos are found by tapping Photos. Initially, your photos are displayed by albums. The first item is the Camera Roll.

Viewing and editing still images

Now let's take a look at how to view and edit the photos stored on your iPhone or iPod touch. Again, photos can be moved to your device by syncing it through iTunes, which we looked at how to do in Chapter 3, or you can shoot photos directly with your built-in camera as we saw in a previous movie in this chapter. You can also save photos you received via email on your device or by saving them from web pages as we'll see in later chapters. But in this movie, we're going to look at how to view your photos once they're stored on your device. All of your photos are found by tapping Photos. Initially, your photos are displayed by albums. The first item is the Camera Roll.

This album contains all the photos you've shot with your iPhone's camera or that you've saved from email messages or web pages. Basically, the Camera Roll stores all the images that were created or stored from your device and that didn't arrive here by syncing with your computer. If you've never synced photos with your computer, your Camera Roll will be the only album you find here. If you have synced with your computer though, you'll find an album called Photo Library. This contains all the photos you've copied over from your computer. These are the photos found in any of the individual albums you see below the photo library, and again, these albums are copied over from your computer when you synced.

So, to view the photos in any of your albums, just tap an album. To view a photo at full size, tap it. Now I currently have my phone in Portrait orientation and this is a Landscape orientation photo. So, I have a lot of unused space above and below it. To view the photo at a larger size, I just rotate my phone. The buttons and controls at the top and bottom of the screen will disappear on their own after about five seconds, but you can also single-tap the screen to bring them back, or tap again to hide them once more. Single-taps show and hide the controls when you're viewing photos. You can browse through the photos in this album by flicking left and right.

To get a better look at a photo, you can zoom in on it either by double-tapping it to zoom and then double-tapping to zoom out again, or you can pinch out and pinch in. Now when you're zoomed in, you can drag the photo around to look at different areas of it. But note that when you're zoomed in on a photo, you can't flick to the next or previous photos as easily as when you're zoomed all the way out. You either have to flick harder or just drag the image to the side to reveal the next image, and you can see the next image appears at its default size and not zoomed in. Also notice at the very bottom of the screen when you can see the controls is a Play button.

This is for playing your photos as an automatic slideshow. On this screen, you can choose what kind of transition effect you'd like to see between photos. You can see I have five choices. I'll leave Dissolve selected. You can also choose to play any music you have stored on your device as the soundtrack for your slideshow. I'll leave Music off for now and tap Start Slideshow. This is a nice way to show your photos to someone else without having to flick through them all manually. Notice the nice cross-dissolve transition with each photo fading out as the other one fades in. During the slideshow, you can rotate the phone as necessary to accommodate portrait and landscape photos, and you can also stop the slideshow by tapping a picture, which you might want to do to let your friend take a longer look at it, or if you want to explain how or where the photo was shot.

You can resume the slideshow by tapping the Play button again. Now you can also control how the slideshow plays your photos to some extent. I'm going to press the Home button to close photos for the moment, and now I'll go to Settings>Photos & Camera. And here under Slideshow, you can determine how long you want each photo to be on screen. You can select 2, 3, 5, 10, or 20 seconds. I would generally stick with 2 or 3 seconds for each photo.

It doesn't sound like a lot, but it's actually a decent amount of time to [00:03:2548] view most photos, especially if you have a lot of photos in your album to get through. The other two options here are Repeat and Shuffle, which are simple on and off choices. When on, Repeat starts your slideshow over from the beginning when it reaches the end which might be useful if you have your iPhone or iPod touch connected to a TV where you are displaying photos in sort of a Kiosk mode setting. And Shuffle displays the photos in your album in a random order. I'll leave them both off for now. All right. Let's go back to our Photo Library. To return to your album, tap the screen and tap the button in the upper left-hand corner.

Now if you've ever synced your iPhone or iPod touch with a Mac, you may also see categories like Events, or Faces at the bottom of the screen. Events are based on the events created in iPhoto in which photos are organized into the dates and times during which they were shot. If you see the Faces Tab, your photos are organized based on the people who appear in them. This is possible because of iPhoto and its face recognition capabilities. Now if you sync your iPhone or iPod touch with a PC, you won't have the events or Faces categories. But you might have Places. Places allows you to view your photos based on the GPS location of where they were shot.

If you've taken photos with your iPhone's built-in camera and you have Location Services turned on, your photos are tagged with GPS data, and will appear here. Tapping a pin lets you see all the photos that were taken at that location. Also, if you sync with a Mac and have geo-tagged your photos in iPhoto, they will show up here under Places on your iPhone as well. So, the last thing I want to show you here is that you can also perform basic edits to your photos directly here in the Photos app. Start by finding a photo you want to edit, and select it. Then tap the Edit button. That gives you a handful of tools at the bottom of the screen.

The first tool is the Rotate button. This is useful if you have a photo that's rotated to the wrong orientation. Sometimes when you take pictures with your iPhone, the device doesn't register the rotation properly, and you end up with a sideways picture. All you have to do here is tap the Rotate button until the picture is right side up. Next is the Enhance button. This is an automatic enhancement feature that has no settings. It simply examines your photo and does its best to adjust the brightness, contrast, exposure, and other settings to make the photo pop a little bit more. Just tap the Enhance button, and in a second, you should see a change to your image.

You can tap the Enhance button again to remove the effect or to toggle between the original and enhanced version. If you like what you see, tap Save. Now if you are editing an image you shot with your device, when you tap Save, you're going to save over your original image. So, make sure the edits you've made are really what you want. But if you're editing a photo in an album you imported from your computer, you'll be able to save a copy of the image to your camera roll. That way, you won't change the original photo and you can always go back to it if you want. But just be aware that saving an edited photo from your camera roll changes the original image. Let's open up another photo.

The next editing tool is the Redeye tool. This is useful for getting rid of those red demon eyes that are often caused by using the flash when shooting photos in dark environments. Start by zooming in on the eyes you want to correct. Then tap the Redeye tool. And as you can see here, it just tells me to tap each red eye. And just like that, they'll be automatically corrected. You can also tap the eyes again to undo the effect if the effect doesn't look right to you, or if you just want to have this weird one fixed eye and one nonfixed eye look. Also, the Enhance button will automatically remove redeye as part of its enhancements.

I'll tap Apply. The last tool is the Crop tool, and as its name implies, this is for cropping down your photos. Selecting it puts a grid on your photo and you can drag any corner to resize the grid to any proportion. The area of the photo inside the grid is the area that will remain once you finish your crop. You also have the option of tapping Constrain to keep your grid locked into specific proportions. Maybe in this case, I want to make my photo a perfect square. So, I just got the Crop Grid to the approximate size I wanted and then I constrained it by making it a square.

When I'm happy with the way it looks, I tap Crop, and again I can tap Save. So, all of the changes I performed to this image were only saved once I tapped the Save button. I could always undo them or cancel my changes before saving. That's how to work with the photos in the Photo App of your iPhone or iPod touch.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
  2. 45m 36s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 33s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 49s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 10s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 59s
    5. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      4m 36s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 36s
    7. Connecting to wi-fi networks
      3m 12s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      3m 48s
    9. Using Twitter and Facebook
      4m 37s
    10. Charging the iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 31s
    11. Setting up an Apple ID account on an iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 18s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 11s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      2m 16s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      3m 10s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2m 12s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 28s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      2m 9s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 21s
  4. 37m 35s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 27s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      5m 2s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 59s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 7s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 9s
    8. Backup options
      3m 25s
    9. Wireless syncing
      2m 33s
    10. Using iTunes Match
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 59s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 31s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 21s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 49s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 52s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 46s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 46s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      3m 20s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 42s
    12. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 33s
    13. Forwarding calls
      1m 47s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 13s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 19s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      5m 53s
    17. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 52s
  6. 36m 25s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 0s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL email accounts
      3m 36s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 10s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod touch email synced with your computer
      5m 4s
    5. Composing email
      4m 6s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      7m 4s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 41s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 56s
    9. Setting mail options
      6m 48s
  7. 31m 42s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 28s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 15s
    3. Saving images
      2m 41s
    4. Filling out forms and using AutoFill
      4m 4s
    5. Creating web clips
      2m 30s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 37s
    7. Creating a personal hotspot
      3m 59s
    8. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 8s
  8. 28m 3s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 43s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 20s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 34s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 36s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 0s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 37s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 50m 59s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      8m 0s
    2. Improving your photos using HDR and gridlines
      3m 19s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 54s
    4. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 29s
    5. Customizing your wallpaper
      2m 44s
    6. Shooting video
      3m 5s
    7. Viewing and editing video
      2m 52s
    8. Taking screenshots
      1m 19s
    9. Sharing photos and video
      5m 50s
    10. Geotagging your photos
      4m 45s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 16s
    12. Creating a Shared Photo Stream
      6m 26s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      4m 20s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 11s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 3s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 35s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 46s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 31s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 13s
  11. 19m 26s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 35s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 3s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Clock app
      6m 7s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 18s
  12. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Notes app
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      4m 30s
  13. 12m 29s
    1. Passbook
      6m 35s
    2. Stocks
      3m 6s
    3. Calculator
      44s
    4. Weather
      2m 4s
  14. 17m 8s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      4m 50s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 9s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      45s
  15. 22m 41s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 42s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 1s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      3m 16s
    4. About
      2m 32s
    5. Usage
      3m 52s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 30s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 25s
    8. Privacy
      3m 23s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring Passcode Lock
      5m 16s
    3. Using Find My iPhone
      5m 38s
  17. 20m 38s
    1. Introducing Siri
      7m 25s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      2m 37s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 48s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 40s
    5. Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones
      6m 8s
  18. 16m 41s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 29s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 16s
    3. Rebooting
      45s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      5m 12s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 27s
    7. Extending battery life
      4m 45s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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