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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.
Well, where we last left off Josh and Alex was that I had hidden Josh and just showed Alex on the screen. So now I want to bring them back together and we are going to do Smart Albums to that and Smart Albums is just this wonderful technology that's in iPhoto, that's been there for a while, but now we can use it with Faces and do all sorts of cool things. So the first thing I want to do is I want to bring Josh back. So let's get Josh back in the picture here. He is not even on our corkboard right now. It's so sad.
Now if I went to Photos here and I went to View and I can show the Hidden Photos and go through and sort of find all the ones with Xs on them and unhide Josh. I could do it manually. But there is even a more clever way to do that. So let's turn that off for the moment and instead I'm going to go down here to the little plus sign. I'm going to hold down the Option key and I'm going to make a Smart Album. That's the way that you do it. That's the easiest way to do it anyway. And on the Smart Album, I'm going call it Hidden Photos. Great.
Now all I have to do is go to Photo, is, and then you will look at one of the conditions I have here is Hidden. I just do that. I click OK. A new Smart Album is created for me and inside of it are all of the hidden photos. So all the photos that have been marked as Hidden. Now all I have to do is do Command+A, select them all and just click the Unhide button down here and everything has been unhidden. Now they go away from here, because they are no longer hidden and so the Smart Album doesn't have anything.
But if we go back to our Faces corkboard and look, Josh has been restored. Double-click. There are all that shots of him. So that's one use right there for Smart Album. Now what if we want to take this a step further and bring Josh and Alex together. Maybe to make a slide show, something like that. So let's go back to Faces. Now I could merge them, all right. I could do this. But one of the keys to a good marriage is that each keep their individual identity and they come together as appropriate. So let's keep them in their own Faces collections, but let's create a Smart Album to bring them together for a special purpose, maybe making a presentation.
So we will go down here to the plus symbol this time. I'll hold down the Option key. This time we are going to call this Smart Album, Josh and Ale, and we will go Name is Josh. So now if I stop right here, this Smart Album would only have Josh in it. But we will click the plus symbol and we will also do Name is Alex.
Then I'm going to change the Match from All to Any. By doing that, then I'll get individual shots of Josh, individual shots of Alex and shots of them together. If I had it as all, then I would only get shots that were labeled both as Josh and Alex. Now we will click OK and we have a new Smart Album and look at this. So we have our individual shots of Josh, we have Josh and Alex together, we have Alex by herself.
We have basically just created a very nice wedding slide show right here. All we have to do is build the slide show but we have all the assets pulled together automatically. Smart Albums are great at this. Now if I want to change the criteria at all, all I have to do is right-click or Ctrl-click on the Smart Album, go to Edit Smart Album and I can make any of the changes that I want right here. Very simple. So there is one other thing that I want to show you about Smart Albums that I think is kind of fun. We are going to go back to our Faces corkboard here. So, if you need a Smart Album with only one person and you want that Smart Album to continue to grow as you tag that person using Faces, very simple. All you have to do is just take that person and drag them over into the Library and iPhoto will build a Smart Album for you and it will continue to add to it as you tag that person in the future. Very handy, very easy and if you want you can always edit that album, just like you can any other Smart Album. Just a nice little bonus tip.
So Smart Albums are very powerful. They work great with Faces but they also work great with other parts of iPhoto and if you haven't explored them yet, they are really worth a look. I just think they are terrific.
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