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Almost every photo can benefit from some enhancement, from exposure adjustments to cropping. In this course, author Rich Harrington shows how to improve photos using iPhoto. The course describes how to crop and straighten photos; remove red eye; improve exposure, color, and contrast; and refine images by retouching blemishes, removing noise, and adding special effects like vignettes.
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When you work with photos, sepia tone is a popular look. Sometimes it's referred to as a duotone, but essentially it's a black and white image, with a little bit of color. Now, you've already seen some of these techniques, but I'd like to formally visit them, and give you a couple of additional options. There is a Sepia button, and by default, you could turn the effect on, or off. And to be perfectly honest, it kind of sucks. I would not recommend using the Sepia effect to get a sepia effect. Instead, I would take a look at Antique, and combine that, or Black and White, with Boost, and that starts to shift the color.
Now, when you do that, it's going to get really dark, so you'll need to come over to Adjust, and open up the Exposure. And notice, that's a much nicer sepia effect. What we have here is the brownish tint, but better contrast. It doesn't just look like you put a piece of colored gel on top. Let's take a look at two more images. The Sepia effect is just a cheesy effect. However, Antique works nicely in this case, and as I strengthen it, it takes out more of the color in the image.
A little bit of contrast brings that back, and I think that looks a lot better than the starting Sepia effect. So, Antique with high Contrast, in my mind, makes a more natural sepia effect. One more image. The default Sepia effect. With this particular image, it's okay, but I do think Antique is looking nicer here, with some Boost, and then we'll darken that image down, and come on over here and pull the Saturation a bit.
That's looking good. I'm going to pull the Highlights down a little, and pull the Exposure. Now, it's up to you how this works, and you can remember that you can use the Temperature slider to refine the effect. But as you play, consider strongly using some of the other effects here, like Boost, and Antique over the traditional Sepia effect. I'll often refine that with a little bit of blur at the edges, and sometimes a Vignette can be used as well, but the iPhoto Vignette tends to look a bit artificial, so use it with restraint.
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