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Facebook is a terrific platform for sharing photos online, and iPhoto '09 has the tools for organizing and editing the images before publishing them. In iPhoto '09: 10 Things to Know About Facebook, professional photographer Derrick Story shows how to establish two-way communication between these applications. He demonstrates how to make changes on one side and have those changes reflected in both places. Derrick covers editing techniques in iPhoto, shows how to work with tagging images, and offers troubleshooting tips for publishing photos on Facebook.
Well, now we get to have some fun, because we are going to play with some of the editing tools in iPhoto. I'm going to edit a couple shots and then we're going to see how we can republish those shots and then have them reflected in Facebook. So, organization is one thing, but actually getting to alter the photograph, that's a way more fun nother thing. So, let's start out, let's upload a couple of new shots to Facebook. So, I'm going to pick this one of Stephanie and I'll pick this one of Stephanie. I'm going to just go ahead and go to my Facebook icon and we'll make them viewable by everyone and we'll publish and off we go.
Now, right away, you can tell that here Stephanie and Suz and this is not Suz anymore, so I'm just going to take that out. Just do Stephanie, hit Tab and republish that. There we go, and let's go to our Facebook page then we'll go over to Photos and we'll refresh and there we go. You'll notice where I change that from Stephanie and Suz to just Stephanie and that's reflected right away.
I click on this and we have our two photos here. So, what I want to do now is make some adjustments to these photos. So, we'll zoom in here and I think what I'd like to do is just do some minor things, like we'll get rid of that little bit of shine that's on her lip there on this one. Then on this shot here, I'm going to crop it a little bit and we'll make just a few little changes there, and then we'll republish and see if they are reflected in our Facebook album here.
So, we'll go back to iPhoto now. So, here we are and here's our Stephanie album. Let's start with this one right here. So, I'm just going to click on it, and then I'm going to go down and activate Edit mode right here and I want to show you just some of the nice tools that iPhoto has, some terrific editing tools. For example, if I want to zoom in to get a closer look at something in a particular area, let's say the eyes here, I can just put the mouse pointer in the general area and hit the 1 key and I can zoom in at 100% and hit the 0 key and I back out.
If I put the mouse in a different area, we'll put it down here on her hand, 1, and we go right. So wherever you have the mouse, when you hit the 1 key, it takes you right to that area. So, that's handy when you're image editing, because sometimes you want a closer look at the area that you're going to work on. Now, let's do a little cropping. So I'll go to my Crop tool here. Now you have a couple of different options with cropping. You can just have it however you set the crop, where you just drag and set it yourself, or you can set the Constrain tool that allows you to crop at specific proportions, such as 4x3 or 5x7.
This is very handy when you are printing to make sure that the image you see on the screen matches what comes out of the printer. Since we are not doing that, since we are on the web, we have a lot more flexibility. So, I'm not going to worry about constraining. I'm just going to crop a little bit of this extra space out, and I think I'll bring this up a little bit like this and just do, just a little tighter crop here. This will also help us when we republish to really see if our changes were uploaded to Facebook. So, I'm going to apply that, there we are. Now, I want to show you the Adjust palette, here it is right here. I'll bring it over to the side, and this has some very nice tools. It has the Exposure tool. That works with the brights in the image. The Contrast pushes things out to both ends, so it increases both the brights and the darks at the same time and tends to push the histogram out toward the edges.
Saturation is exactly that. That's saturation increases the intensity of the color, and when you have a person like this with skin tones, you want to check the box Avoid saturating the skin tones and then it is more like a vibrancy slider which means it will increase areas like this, but it will try to protect the skin tones as best as it can. Down here at Definition, this is the fun slider and this increases mid-tone contrast and adds a little mid-tone sharpening too. That's a little unsharp mask actually.
Highlight is actually highlight recovery, so if you have areas that are blown out in your highlights in terms of detail, this helps you recover that detail, and same thing with shadows. If your shadows are a little plugged up or a little murky, move this shadow and you can see how it opens up the shadows, is what it does. It opens all those up and then Sharpness is sharpness, of course. Then De-noise, if you have a lot of noise in the shot that can help you with that. Then you have a built-in color balance adjustment. You can use the Auto and here you just look for a kind of a neutral white area and you click on that and if you miss, don't worry. Go to another white area and click around.
That was a good one; we found a nice neutral one there. If you don't like what you did, you always have the Reset button right down here and I'm going to reset all of these because I want to show you a nice little trick. So, everything is reset. You may or may not have played with the Enhance tool in iPhoto, but it looks kind of like a magic wand and it really is kind of like a magic wand. The problem with it in the past was that you didn't really know what it was doing.
You would click it and you go, Wow, I think that looks better, but I wish I knew what happened, or maybe I want to fine-tune the enhance a little bit more. And you can do that, you can do that, you can fine-tune it. What you have to do is open up the Adjust panel first right here, then go to the Enhance tool and you can see the Adjust will actually show you the changes that were made. So, in this case it increased the saturation a little bit, it increased the exposure a little bit. It made a few changes to temperature and tint. So if you wanted to further enhance the Enhance tool, you can do that, because you know what things have changed. So, this is very handy and this is a tip that a lot of people don't know. I think this is new to iPhoto '09. So, if you have an earlier version and this doesn't work, you'll know why. You know that you have to upgrade to '09.
So, we'll leave Enhance alone right now and then one other thing that I want to mention that if you want to see if you are actually making your picture better or worse, hold down the Shift key and the Shift key will show you how it was before you started playing with it, so that you can see if you are going in the right direction or not, okay. So, that's holding down the Shift key. So, I think we're done with this one for a moment. So, I'll go ahead and I'm just going to move to the next photograph, and by doing so my changes are added to this one.
So, when I move for one photograph to another, then those changes are recorded. I just want to make a couple of little things to this shot here. Let's crop it also, because that will give us a good look at how well republishing works. We'll crop this one a lot tighter. So we'll do something like that. We'll bring it up; we are just going to have sort of a head and collar shot here. So, we'll give it a good crop, nice and tight crop, we'll apply that. And then I'm going to zoom in. I'm going to hit the 1, zoom in, and I want to show you the Retouch Brush, which is another fairly nifty tool. It allows you to fix blemishes very easily. I can change the size of the brush by doing this, but I think it's easier while you're working to use the right and left bracket keys.
So the bracket key on the right will make the brush diameter bigger, and the bracket key on the left will make it smaller and we'll just take out that little blemish right there. I'll just click on it and it's gone. Then that little highlight there, that specular highlight, it's a little too bright for me and I go I don't like that, fix. So, I'm going to do Command+Z, to undo it. Reposition, I'm going to make my brush size a little smaller, move it down a little lower, and let's try it again, there we go. That's nicer. Then I'm going to make it even smaller and do it right here. There we go. Okay, we're all set. How about that, okay. So one little spot right there, there we go. So now, again, by holding down the Shift key, we can take a look at our work and see if we actually made things better or not and I think we're moving in the right direction.
So now I'm going to click Done. So we've done our editing work in iPhoto, and I don't know if you noticed it, but it happened faster than a blink of the eye. We had a little republishing action happen right down here. Let me force it to republish. I'll just click on this. There we go. So now these changes that we made here should be reflected on Facebook. Let's take a look. We'll go to Facebook right here. Now this is the old shot, right. Let's refresh and there we go.
So, you have some pretty good editing tools in iPhoto and as you saw, they were fun and so once you have stuff up on Facebook that doesn't mean it has to stay that way, or that you have to pull it off and do something and then put it back on. All you have to do is go to iPhoto, find the image that you want to work on, go into Edit Mode, make your changes and then off to the races you go. Now, at any time when you're editing in iPhoto, if you decide that you just want to go back to the original photograph, the way that it was before you started working on it, you always have that option. We'll go out of editing mode here, click Done. You just go up to Photos > Revert to Original.
It will say that all of your changes are going to be lost, and you're going that's okay. It takes you back to your original shot, you go back down here to Facebook, you republish, the original shot is uploaded and no harm was done. So, there's no excuse at all not to play with your images in iPhoto and to have fun with them and improve them and then just have those automatically shared up to Facebook. Because it's easy. You can undo it, you can redo it, and you really have fun editing tools in iPhoto that make this connection even more enjoyable.
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