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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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A lot of times when you crop, you're going to want to make multiple sizes. Maybe you want to crop a photo for a social media icon as a square, and need a 5 x 7 print, and maybe you want to do an alternate crop as a landscape image. That's okay. All you need to do is make multiple versions of each image, and that's a piece of cake. Let's go ahead here, and find an image that we can crop to multiple sizes. With the image selected, I'll press Command+D to duplicate it. You'll see that we have two alternate versions.
Same thing here; I'll do it again. Command+D. In this case, iPhoto makes extra copies. Now, they're not actually copies on your hard drive yet; they're just additional versions. I'll go in here, Click on the Edit button, and then press C for crop. I'll do a freeform crop. On the next photo, I'll choose a specific shape, like a Square, and crop that too.
Notice, the same thing here. We have our original composition; I can go in and crop to a specific size. Maybe he wants to do a 4 x 6 inch print. And we'll switch to portrait, placing him at one of those intersection points. It's a tighter shot. And maybe there is a need to do a square one as well for putting up as a Twitter icon.
There we go. Now, this particular picture is a little bit soft, but it is cropped to the desired shape. We can go ahead and learn techniques for improving this a little bit later in some of our upcoming lessons.
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