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Creating Smart Albums

From: iPhoto '11 Essential Training

Video: Creating Smart Albums

For me, usually with every application there are one or two things that I just go wow, I really like that, and for iPhoto, Smart Albums is one of those things and I want to show you how they work right now. Now you have to go up to the top menu to get to them, go to File and you go to New and then you'll see it right here in this fly-out menu, Smart Album, and just select it. Now when you do that you get this sort of dull looking dialog box here but there is a lot of power packed here in this dullness, and let's just say that we want to find all of our shots from Germany.

Creating Smart Albums

For me, usually with every application there are one or two things that I just go wow, I really like that, and for iPhoto, Smart Albums is one of those things and I want to show you how they work right now. Now you have to go up to the top menu to get to them, go to File and you go to New and then you'll see it right here in this fly-out menu, Smart Album, and just select it. Now when you do that you get this sort of dull looking dialog box here but there is a lot of power packed here in this dullness, and let's just say that we want to find all of our shots from Germany.

We geotagged some Cologne, some Munich, and if you don't know what I'm talking about with the geotagging, make sure you go back and look at that movie because it's another great feature in iPhoto. So we'll just call this Germany for our first Smart Album and we'll say Place. And you'll notice I have all of these conditions here. Very powerful, because you get to combine these conditions with the other conditions to do all sorts of interesting things. We'll start out with Place and you have contains and does not and all that.

Contains Germany, and then I'm just going to click OK and just like that all of my shots that have been geotagged with Germany show up in this Smart Album. And it doesn't make any difference if they're from Munich or Cologne. They are all Germany. So right away you can start thinking of some handy uses for this technology but what if you wanted to find stuff that hadn't been geotagged yet? That to me is more useful and I'll show you how that works.

We will go back to our Smart Album and I am just going to right-click on-- I could create a new smart album but I'm just going to modify this one. So I am going to right-click or Ctrl+ Click on it, Edit, we are going to call this Not Tagged, and I'm going to go to Photo, is not, Tagged with GPS, which is geotagged, and then click OK. Now this is useful to me because now I have an album with all the stuff that hasn't been geotagged yet and I can fill out my Places map just by adding tags to these images.

You have to admit that's fairly useful. I'll show you one more and then I'm going to let you play with it on your own. So we'll come back here. I am going to right-click again, Edit Smart Album, and I just want to show you some of the other conditions that are here. You can search by camera model. Let's say that you shoot with a Canon and your wife shoots with a Nikon then you can easily sort all of her photos and your photos into separate Smart Albums.

And Flash, ISO, Shutter Speed, not to mention all the usual metadata such as ratings and keywords and so forth. So there is a lot of power here and you can play with these things as much as you want and you can always change up the criteria, and then once you've brought these images together for whatever you're looking for, just know that they will update as the conditions change. So as you geotag images, they will fall out of this album. So Smart Albums it's just great fun, especially for people like me who love playing with this sorting technology.

Give it a try, experiment with it, and hopefully you'll like it too.

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iPhoto '11 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 49s
    3. What's new in iPhoto '11?
      1m 39s
    4. OS X Mavericks 10.9 iPhoto version update NEW
      21s
  2. 20m 33s
    1. Preparing to install iPhoto '11
      3m 2s
    2. Launching iPhoto for the first time and updating your existing Library
      4m 4s
    3. Importing images from your camera
      4m 50s
    4. Importing photo files
      4m 3s
    5. Importing movies
      2m 17s
    6. Working in Full Screen view
      2m 17s
  3. 40m 53s
    1. Importing the exercise files and organizing by Event
      1m 59s
    2. Understanding Events
      3m 43s
    3. Hiding photos
      1m 50s
    4. Flagging photos
      3m 3s
    5. Finding people using Faces
      3m 52s
    6. Adding people to Faces
      2m 8s
    7. Managing the Faces corkboard
      2m 14s
    8. Organizing by location with Places
      2m 9s
    9. Geotagging images
      7m 4s
    10. Creating albums
      1m 54s
    11. Viewing albums in Full Screen mode
      3m 37s
    12. Creating Smart Albums
      3m 36s
    13. Creating folders
      1m 46s
    14. Exploring the Project view
      1m 58s
  4. 17m 15s
    1. Understanding metadata
      3m 1s
    2. Rating your photos
      4m 27s
    3. Displaying photos by rating
      2m 57s
    4. Adding keywords
      3m 13s
    5. Finding photos by keyword
      3m 37s
  5. 29m 6s
    1. Switching to Edit mode
      2m 3s
    2. Cropping photos
      3m 30s
    3. Straightening photos
      1m 37s
    4. Making automatic corrections with Enhance
      2m 18s
    5. Removing red-eye
      3m 5s
    6. Retouching photos
      3m 10s
    7. Rotating photos
      1m 39s
    8. Using the Effects palette
      4m 8s
    9. Duplicating photos
      3m 5s
    10. Reverting to the original
      2m 4s
    11. Comparing photos while editing
      2m 27s
  6. 34m 53s
    1. Working in the Adjust tab
      1m 0s
    2. Adjusting levels
      4m 12s
    3. Adjusting exposure and contrast
      3m 31s
    4. Adjusting color saturation
      3m 43s
    5. Adjusting definition
      2m 10s
    6. Adjusting highlights and shadows
      2m 26s
    7. Adjusting sharpness and reducing noise
      4m 19s
    8. Adjusting temperature and tint
      4m 19s
    9. Copying adjustments and pasting them to multiple photos
      3m 51s
    10. Working with RAW files in iPhoto
      5m 22s
  7. 25m 42s
    1. Emailing photos from iPhoto
      4m 22s
    2. Emailing photos the old-fashioned way
      4m 5s
    3. Setting up your email account in iPhoto
      3m 43s
    4. Sharing your photos via Facebook
      3m 16s
    5. Sharing your photos via Flickr
      4m 35s
    6. Sharing your photos via MobileMe
      1m 26s
    7. Creating a web gallery
      4m 15s
  8. 20m 59s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      1m 46s
    2. Customizing slideshow settings
      5m 2s
    3. Exporting a slideshow to QuickTime
      4m 19s
    4. Managing movies in your iPhoto library
      5m 26s
    5. Creating a DVD from iPhoto
      4m 26s
  9. 41m 45s
    1. Exporting photos
      4m 57s
    2. Printing photos
      7m 57s
    3. Ordering prints
      2m 22s
    4. Creating a calendar
      7m 11s
    5. Creating a photo book
      7m 40s
    6. Selecting output options for your photo book
      4m 6s
    7. Creating greeting cards
      4m 15s
    8. Setting output options for your greeting cards
      2m 11s
    9. Viewing all your calendars, books, and cards
      1m 6s
  10. 16m 14s
    1. Customizing iPhoto preferences
      7m 7s
    2. Burning a backup CD or DVD
      4m 37s
    3. Backing up to an external hard drive
      1m 53s
    4. Creating iPhoto libraries and switching between them
      2m 37s
  11. 1m 45s
    1. Final thoughts
      1m 45s

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