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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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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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