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Enhancing Photos with iPhoto
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Cropping for better composition


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Enhancing Photos with iPhoto

with Richard Harrington

Video: Cropping for better composition

The act of cropping is the act of throwing away pixel details. Now, don't worry; in iPhoto this is nondestructive, meaning that if you change your mind, you can go back and refine it. For now, let's focus on the basics of cropping; making crop decisions based on artistic judgment. To crop, you could press the C key, or just click Crop in the Quick Fixes panel. I'm going to go ahead and freely crop. By default, when you crop, it's unconstrained, meaning that you can get rid of anything you want.
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  1. 1m 54s
    1. Welcome
      29s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      31s
    3. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 10m 19s
    1. Working in Full-Screen mode
      1m 26s
    2. Entering Edit mode
      56s
    3. Switching images
      1m 28s
    4. Checking the info on an image
      2m 14s
    5. Zooming in for detail
      2m 14s
    6. Using the navigation window
      53s
    7. Seeing the before and after state
      1m 8s
  3. 12m 6s
    1. Straightening crooked photos
      2m 22s
    2. Rotating an image
      1m 16s
    3. Removing red-eye
      2m 14s
    4. Cropping for better composition
      1m 39s
    5. Cropping a photo to a specific size
      2m 35s
    6. Cropping multiple sizes
      2m 0s
  4. 16m 13s
    1. Understanding the histogram
      3m 13s
    2. Making a Levels adjustment
      2m 15s
    3. Fixing an underexposed photo
      2m 36s
    4. Fixing an overexposed photo
      2m 42s
    5. Improving contrast
      2m 36s
    6. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      2m 51s
  5. 12m 41s
    1. Improve a washed-out photo with saturation
      1m 30s
    2. Increasing saturation while protecting skin tones
      1m 58s
    3. Boosting an image to quickly fix saturation
      1m 51s
    4. White balancing a photo
      2m 24s
    5. Removing a color cast manually
      2m 35s
    6. Stylizing an image with effects
      2m 23s
  6. 14m 28s
    1. Converting to black and white
      2m 21s
    2. Refining a black-and-white effect with temperature
      2m 21s
    3. Creating high-impact black-and-white photos
      3m 5s
    4. Creating sepia-tone effects
      2m 29s
    5. Double-processing for duotone effects
      4m 12s
  7. 13m 45s
    1. Using the Retouch brush
      1m 55s
    2. Removing noise
      2m 10s
    3. Sharpening a soft photo
      1m 52s
    4. Adding punch with definition
      2m 5s
    5. Defocusing a photo
      2m 15s
    6. Controlling the focal point with vignette effects
      1m 26s
    7. Adding borders with iBorderFX
      2m 2s
  8. 8m 27s
    1. Duplicating an image
      47s
    2. Reverting to an original
      1m 49s
    3. Deleting an image
      3m 4s
    4. Copying and pasting adjustments
      44s
    5. Preserving maximum quality when exporting
      2m 3s
  9. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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Enhancing Photos with iPhoto
1h 30m Beginner Dec 18, 2012

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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.

This course was created and produced by Rich Harrington. lynda.com is honored to host this content in our library.

Topics include:
  • Cropping for better composition
  • Rotating an image
  • Making a levels adjustment
  • Adjusting shadows or highlights
  • Increasing saturation
  • Converting to black and white
  • Creating sepia-tone effects
  • Using the Retouch Brush
  • Sharpening photos
  • Adding borders
  • Copying and pasting adjustments
Subjects:
Photography Retouching
Software:
iPhoto
Author:
Richard Harrington

Cropping for better composition

The act of cropping is the act of throwing away pixel details. Now, don't worry; in iPhoto this is nondestructive, meaning that if you change your mind, you can go back and refine it. For now, let's focus on the basics of cropping; making crop decisions based on artistic judgment. To crop, you could press the C key, or just click Crop in the Quick Fixes panel. I'm going to go ahead and freely crop. By default, when you crop, it's unconstrained, meaning that you can get rid of anything you want.

In this case, I'm removing the electrical power line and light to just leave these parts of image. When I click Done, it will go ahead and apply that, and crop the image. In this case, it looks like the perfect banner to upload to Facebook. Let's go to two more images here, and do a few more crops. I'm going to go ahead, in this case, and choose to crop to the square shape. This would be a perfect example if you wanted to make a social media icon for use on the Web. There we go.

And you see, it updates. Here is one more. This is one of those instances where I could choose to crop picking a Square, or going back to the Custom shape, allowing me to type in an aspect ratio, like 16 x 9 if I wanted to use this in video. There we go. And now, as we crop, it maintains the proper shape and aspect ratio to put this into a DVD or Blu-ray slideshow. There we go.

Click Done, and the image updates.

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