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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.
This is a twelve-month calendar here that I created and as I flip through it, I get to see different places that I've been to. And it's a great keepsake for myself or if I want to share with other people, especially around holiday time, they make great gifts. But also know that, when you create these calendars, you can create an 18-month calendar if you want or a special events calendar. They are very versatile and I am going to have a lot of fun showing you how to make these beautiful items.
Well, I am going to make a calendar right now, and these are terrific. And the way I like to do it is I like to create a storyboard first. So, I usually will make an album with the shots that I am going to put in the calendar, look at them, maybe pull things in and out. When I am satisfied with a group of images that I have, and you can see I have twelve images here, I'm going to make a twelve-month calendar. Then all I have to do is make sure that my album is selected or the images are selected. Go down here to Create and choose Calendar.
The first thing you'll notice is that we have some themes to choose from and you will also get a little bit of information, so you know what you're getting yourself into with these different themes. I am just rotating the scroll wheel right now and just sort of taking a leisurely tour through the themes. That are lovely, aren't they? They are very professional. I mean these things look pretty good. All right, we will go with this one here. We'll go with Travel, since that's what the shots are.
And you can see the info right down here. Once you choose your theme, you just go to Create. You have some basic information. When you want the calendar to start, number of months, do you want to show holidays. Now, if you are doing something special like a church calendar, you can create an iCal for that and then import those dates, all those event-dates, and have them show up on the calendar and that's kind of neat. If you want to show birthdays, check that box. Click OK.
There is our calendar. Now, the first thing that you will notice is that iPhoto lays out your calendar for you. And, if you like what it's doing, then all you really have to do is go through, I'm going to double-click right here on this, and the areas where there are some descriptions, just write stuff. Go back to All Pages. Just fill it out. Really at this point, you could just buy it.
Now, a lot of people are going to want to fiddle around a little bit with their calendar. So, you can do that. I am going to click on Design. Now, in order to get this screen here, you have to make sure that you don't have any pages selected. So I clicked on the Background to make sure no pages were selected. And then I came over here. I see there's everything right there. And so, you make some adjustments. For instance, if you don't want that Apple logo on the back, you can unclick that box.
If you want to have pages auto-laid out or not, you check that box and you get to revisit some of these settings. So just make sure no pages are selected when you do that. Now, also you have photos so you do have a photos browser. You can see all of your images here. Now, if you want to clear all of them, if you just say, eh, I don't like what you did at all, you can do that. You get your little warning and everything goes bye-bye, but your photos from your album are still here.
So now what you do is you just double- click, take the photo, and drop it on there. Once you do that, you do have some choices. So you can make sure everything is working the way that you want it to work. Move it around, it looks really good, go back to All Pages and do this one by one. So you can completely design the calendar yourself. So you have that option. You just clear the placed photos and then place some.
Remember though, when you want to place some, you actually have to open each page. You can't drag it on to the thumbnails. It won't work that way. You have to go manual labor here. And then you have some options also under Design too. We'll just go ahead and open this page here by double-clicking on it. I'm going to close the Photos. And see this little popup here. And you can see, you have some choices on the backgrounds and so forth.
And if you have-- We probably won't do that one, will we? And if you have a lot of photos, more than 12 let's say, then you can start doing some different designs on the pages too. So you know, once you start playing around in here, you see that you have quite a bit that you can do. Now, I am actually going to Autoflow. I'm going to go back to Autoflow. Because I want to order the calendar. I've had my fun.
I have got everything I want. Now I haven't filled in all the text because you know, some of these have little text areas here. You want to check those. So we will get a warning when I go to Buy and where it says Printed calendar will not include this text-- you know, the default text, you can go, cool! That's really thoughtful of you, thank you. Then you click Continue. Here we are at the ordering page. You fill out your information, check out and within a few days guess what arrives in your mailbox? A beautiful calendar.
Oh! And there's one other output option that I want to show you. If you don't want to buy the calendar online and maybe want to print it out yourself, you can do that. Just make sure that your calendar is selected over here in the Library pane. Then go up to File, go to Print and you get the standard Print dialog box. I am going to actually open it up a little bit. So you could choose All or I just want to print one page or I want to print from four to four, however you want to do it you can actually print it or you can create a PDF of this.
PDFs are handy for handing off or some people like to print from PDFs at home. Once it's in PDF form, just about anyone can print it anywhere. So I'll just click on PDF and just click Save as PDF. You get your options. You decide where it should go and you click Save and then you can have a PDF of your entire calendar or any of the pages that you choose. Pretty nice. So, calendars, you can design them here, you can have Apple print them for you, or you can output them yourself.
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