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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.
After you begin to get some pictures on your corkboard you are probably going to want to manage them a little bit. So it looks more the way you want it to look when you pull it up. So I have some nice tips to help you do that. First of all, you can move the pictures around. That's not a problem. So for instance, if we want Suzanne to be in the first position, we would just click her and we would just drag her right over there, drop her there and now she is in the first position. Where people get in trouble sometimes with this is that they don't make a clean, all the way over move. So I'm moving over and if I let go the mouse right now, what's going to happen is Stephanie and Suzanne are going to be combined into one collection and we will probably don't want that.
Don't panic if that happens, don't worry. Just go up to Edit > Undo Merged Faces and you will be back okay. Now there may be times when you want to do that, for instance, Bill was a friend and Sue was a friend and then they got married and so you want to put them together in one collection, then you can drop Bill on Sue or Sue on Bill off to the races you go. But generally speaking, when that happens, it's a mistake. Just stop and then undo. Now, as you are scrubbing through your shots-- and the way you do that is just move the mouse and you get to see the different images. If you find one that you want to have as the key photo, because a lot of times the key photo is sort of the boring shot, right? The one that you use that's nice and clean, good look of the eyes and everything, to make sure that face detection got off to a good start, but after a while maybe you want to have a different shot there.
So when you see one that you like, all you have to do is hit the spacebar. There you go and then that will stay. I'm going to do the same thing here and it becomes a key photo. So when you find one you like, just hit the spacebar and now you have a new key photo. And finally if you want to see the context of the photos, because these are zoomed in right now, so you get a better look at the face, then all you have to do is put the mouse over the image, hit the Option key, just hold it down and then you can see the context of all the shots. And that's sort of helpful. Same thing here. We want to just see the context, hold down the Option key, we are in business.
So these are simple techniques but they are really helpful in managing your corkboard, so that you have the best experience possible when using Faces.
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