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iPhoto '09 has a fantastic new face recognition method: the Faces tool. From understanding the tool to sharing favorite shots on Flickr and Facebook, iPhoto '09: 10 Things to Know About Faces teaches iPhoto users how to take advantage of Faces. Instructor Derrick Story covers how to identify people in an iPhoto library, create a slideshow with Faces photos, and use Faces to organize collections. With all the new features of the Faces tool, iPhoto is a great family snapshot application.
The first thing that we have to do in iPhoto is train it. We have to show it who people are and then it will go though the library and it will find what it thinks are those people and it will add them to our collection. So it's kind of a fun process and it's sort of fun to watch iPhoto learn who these people are. So we are going to do this right now. I'm going to show you. We are going to actually train it, we are going to show it a person and see what it can do. So I'm going to go over to my Friends here and the first thing that you want to do when you are looking for a photo of someone to be the first photo-- I'm going to double-click on this here. Find a shot where we have a good look at their face, a nice straight-on shot where we can see both of their eyes, get a good look at their mouth and all that. That makes it easier for iPhoto to go through the library and find what it thinks are other versions of this person.
So we will take this shot right here. You just click on it once to make sure it's highlighted and then you go down to Name. And the first thing it's going to do is it puts a little square around the face and then we add the name to the label where it says unknown face. Now if you want to adjust this square, and if you hold down the Option key and click on it, you actually can take control of the square and resize it and so forth. It's kind of a neat little trick. So we would do that right there. That looks good and I'm just going to type the name now. This is Stephanie. Hit Tab to enter. Okay, so we have identified this face as Stephanie. So I'll click Done.
Now when I go to my Faces corkboard there is Stephanie, right there. So let's have iPhoto look through the rest of library and see if it can find more instances of our friend Stephanie. Double-click on Stephanie here. So, right away, first time through, it has found one other one. So not exactly scintillating results here but we will go ahead and confirm and give iPhoto a chance. So I'll click on the Confirm Name button and all I have to do is click on it to confirm that and then this one, let me click on it twice to say that it's not Stephanie and then we will click Done.
Now iPhoto should get smarter at this point. Let's see. So now we have a whole bunch of Stephanie right here and in fact first row, second row, look at those all the way down to this last shot. So it is definitely getting smarter. So we will click on Confirm Name again. Now instead of having to click individually on each photo, you can confirm or not confirm, reject, a whole bunch of photos at once. You just do that by clicking and dragging across the photos. So you click-and-drag, click-and-drag and then click-and-drag, excellent.
Now this last person is not Stephanie, so I'm just going to manually click twice to indicate that that is not Stephanie. Now we will click Done. Okay, now iPhoto is getting kind of sassy here and it's presenting us with some more folks. It didn't do so well, I think. We have one person here. Let's go ahead and confirm one more time. Now when you have to reject a bunch of people at once, you hold down the Option key and drag across them and that will save you some time.
So we will hold down the Option and we will just drag across these folks here. They are lovely folks but they are not Stephanie. Excellent! And click Done. All right, so we are in pretty good shape here. It presented us with one more person. Now I'll show you another way that we can actually add them. If you just click them and you just drag them up here, you can now bypass the whole process and just click and drag up and that's a little bit easier when you just have onesie's and twosie's. When you have a whole bunch of them, I think, holding down the mouse and dragging across them is a little bit easier. But I want to show you all of the different ways you can do this stuff.
All right, well now we are in good shape and I'll just go back to All Faces. We have Stephanie on the corkboard here and when I double-click, iPhoto has done a pretty good job of going through our library and finding Stephanie and then bringing her on to our corkboard. So we are off to a good start.
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