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In iPhoto '11 Essential Training, Derrick Story offers an in-depth tour of the popular photo management software from Apple, demonstrating its various features for organizing, editing, and sharing images. The course covers techniques to categorize and combine images into custom collections using iPhoto's geotagging, face detection, and Smart Album features, and offers insight on how to perform key image corrections and enhancements. Also covered are tutorials on building customized slideshows and outputting collections to calendars, books, and greeting cards. Exercise files accompany the course.
Down here at the bottom of the Adjust pane is Temperature and Tint and these are pretty good sliders and rather powerful. And one of the things I like about them is that we also have an Eyedropper tool to help us sort of get started with finding the right color. So I am going to go to Full Screen mode and this time I am just going to use the keyboard command, Option+Command+F, and I shot this image inside the Dom and it's not bad in terms of color.
It's a little warm and I used a White Balance adjustment and I might have overdone it a bit. So what I like to do is cool it off a bit and that's what these sliders do. The Temperature slider basically allows you to cool off an image or add blue to it, or warm-up an image adding yellowish-orange to it. Then the Tint slider works more with magenta and green. Now, generally speaking, most of your adjustments will be with the Temperature slider and I'll show you the best way to get started with this and get your Tint adjustment, if it needs to be adjusted at all, and that's with the Eyedropper tool.
So again, I click on the Eyedropper tool right now and you'll always get this little message down here. Pick a neutral gray or white point in the photo to remove the color cast. So this is basically an automatic color corrector. Now, it takes sometimes a little hunting around to find the right spot. You can do something really bad. If you, let's say, go on this, which is not white nor gray, and you can see right away, well, that's definitely not an improvement.
So I am going to do Command+Z. So when I say white point, gray or white, they're sort of serious. Now, probably a better spot up here. It's just right up here. So let's click up here and that is more what I'm talking about. I just wanted to remove a little bit of that yellowish-orange color and you see that our slider here made a change and that the Tint slider also made a change. So let's undo that and so you can pay attention to that again.
I do Command+Z. So right now we're at -6 and 6114, and then I take the automatic dropper and I go over here. So it cools it off a bit, which is what I wanted, and it actually changed the Tint a bit also. Now, the cool thing about the Eyedropper is that after you do the automatic adjustment, if you want you can fine- tune it, but it's really a good starting point, because sometimes you'll look at an image and you just don't know what to do, and that will help you.
So now if I wanted to bring some of that warmth back, I could bring just a little bit back or if I want to make it even cooler and more castley I could cool it off a bit. So you have your choice but the Eyedropper helps you get started. Now, one question that comes up a lot around these sorts of adjustments is where do I start? Generally speaking, you start at the top and work your way down, or start with what's worst.
So for instance, if the color is way off, for example, if this is the way the image looked when you captured it, then you want to start with your color adjustment before you do Exposure, Contrast, and all that because that is the part of the image that is worse off. Okay and we will fix that right now. Let's go back up here and we'll kind of bring it back into line. If on the other hand the Exposure is way off, this is the way that your shot looks, then you want to start with the Exposure.
So Temperature and Tint, they're very good in iPhoto. Start with the Eyedropper tool. That will get you to a pretty good spot. Most of the time you can stop right there and then if you want to fine-tune it, use these individual sliders and your image will look terrific.
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