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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.
Probably the centerpiece of things that you can make out of iPhoto is to actually be able to create your own book. I mean think about this. You can make your own photo book and it looks fabulous. Here is a hardback book. This is a 8.5 by 11 book that I created in iPhoto using the pictures from our iPhoto library that we did as part of this training. And just as you flip through it here, you can just see the quality of the printing.
You can see how your pictures come to life when they are on paper and bound together and the project lives in my iPhoto library and I can come back to it and make some changes and then print another one out. So this is I think just a tremendous opportunity that we have these days for photographers, to be able to take our images that mean so much to us and then put them in the beautiful book like this that we can have it on the coffee table at home or share with other people.
Now I am going to show you how to make one of those fantastic looking books. What I like to do is create an album that has my photos in it. In that way, I can look at them and say yeah, this one belongs, this one should go out. iPhoto isn't going to follow this. It's going to do its own thing, when it auto flows, but it gives me a chance to look at all the contents of the book. Once I am happy with that, just make sure that the album is selected. You can also select the photos just by doing like this sort of thing.
I am just going to make sure the album is selected and we are going to go to Create, and we are going to create a book. Now at this phase, you may want to go to Full Screen mode because it's just so pretty, and even though this is a pretty interface, there is a lot of information here. You get to choose what type of book. Hardcover, Softcover, or Wire-bound. I want to go with Hardcover. And I want to go with Large but I just want to show you if I click on Extra Large, this information changes.
So I can keep an eye on my budget at the same time. Then you just come over here to the books, and you can browse these different themes and they are all very nice. I want to go with this theme right here. You notice I have swatches here and I am going to go with Black. So not only do I get to see the cover, I get to see a sample of how the inside spreads are going to look. Once I am happy with everything, I click Create and iPhoto is going to layout this book for me.
And it does a pretty nice job. Now the one thing I will tell you right now. I am going to show you how to adjust some of the individual pages, but if you are not an auto layout person, if you don't like the starting point, all you have to do is go to Photos and click on Clear Placed Photos. It will wipe all of these pages out and then you will still have your photos over here. They won't have checkmarks anymore because the checkmarks indicate that they have been placed. So they only get a checkmark when they have been placed.
You have blank pages and then you just open a page by double-clicking on it,like this and you would drag the photos over on to the blank pages and build it by hand. The one thing that I think people expect once they clear all the photos is that they just want to drag the images on to the thumbnail and place them and that doesn't work. You actually have to open the page. So I think going with auto flow in the beginning is terrific way to go. However, know that you have the option to lay it out by hand.
Now I want to show you if you want to make some adjustments to individual pages. I am just going to double-click right here. For instance, I don't want this shot right here, so I just come over here and take this image that I do want, drop it right in there, I can zoom in and out, and I can move it around. As for the text, you get to adjust the text in terms of the types of fonts that are available, the size, the alignment.
basically you get to customize every aspect of this book. Once you have things the way that you want, I recommend that you go back to the thumbnails and go to work on the next page. Now as you go through here, some of these spreads will be fine as is. There will be other where you really want to make some adjustments from what Apple has done. For example, I don't want these two photos side-by-side. I just want the single photo on this page. So I will just go here and I will go to 1 Photo, pick what type of single photo that I want, and then even if I want to change the image that's there, I have all of my photos available to me right here and I can just change that shot by dragging it over there.
I can zoom in, zoom out. Once I get things the way that I want on this particular spread, then I go back to All Pages mode. I am going to close Photos right there and I'm in business. And you can do that on each and every page. You can choose which photo you want. You can choose which layout you want. And just take a while with this and get it exactly how you like it. Now I want to show you how to add one other special type of page and that's the map page, so for instance if I want to add a map over here, because we are changing gears, right. We are going from some portraits to Germany and wouldn't it be cool to visually show that.
So I am going to go to add a page right here. I am going to add that page and I am going to drag it over. I want it to be the first page. I am going to double-click on it. I am going to go to Design. Make sure the page is highlighted. Now look from the pop-up menu, I have Map. And if I click on that Map, what iPhoto is doing is reading the geotags from the images that I have placed in this book. So it's giving me an option for everything right here.
If I click on it now, I can narrow those options down. For instance, this happens in Cologne so that's all I want showing. So I am going to deselect the other places and we are just going to end up with Cologne. Now that's zoomed in a little too much. So I can pull back on that and then I have a few more options. For instance, if I don't like the compass, I can turn that off by clicking right here and it goes away. Beautiful! All right, now I am in great shape.
I have set the context. By the way, there are different styles of maps up here. So you choose what you want. Again, once you have things the way you like, go back to All Pages, get an overview of your book. Things are looking pretty darn good. Okay, now you might think well, I am just going to click Buy Book, but there are a number of output options for this work that you have done. You have actually created a project in iPhoto that you can come back to over and over again. Here it is, right here.
So in the next movie, I am going to show you some of those output options you have including buying the book from Apple.
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