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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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While free form cropping, or cropping to a specific aspect ratio is useful, there are many times that you'll want to crop for a very specific size. Maybe you need to make a print, and you want to put the image into a frame. It's a lot easier to crop it in iPhoto than it is to sit there with a pair of scissors trying to guess. Here is how it works. With the image open, I'll click the Crop button, and from the pop-up menu, I could choose a size that I want. A popular size is the 5 x 7 print. Now, these sizes may change depending upon where you live.
If your iPhoto has been localized to a specific country or language, you may see different items in the pop-up menu. Let's go with 5 x 7. And you'll notice, in this case, that it's the wrong shape, and as I drag, I'm limited. That's because I need to change Constrain as landscape or portrait. In this case, I want a portrait aspect ratio, and what I'm trying to do is crop the image to fit just this window. All right, that's looking lot better. I'm happy with that crop, and I can click Done.
Now, let's go to two more images, and just practice this. In this case, I want to go ahead and just tighten the focus on our subject. I do like the landscape aspect ratio, so I'll switch that. And perhaps I need to make a postcard size. I want to send this as a postcard, and print it out on my inkjet printer, or order it as an Apple iCard. So there we go. I have chosen the specific shape that I want. A general rule of thumb, called the rule of thirds, in fact, is to place your subject at one of those intersection points, making a better crop. There you go.
And that's definitely clearly focused on our subject, and a better composition. Let's go here to one more. I'm going to crop, and change the orientation, and adjust it. There we go. Now, I do want to show you that things are nondestructive. So, in reviewing my image here, I decided that this little bit here at the edge that's partially cut off is somewhat distracting.
So by clicking the Crop button, I can go back in, and refine the crop, making sure I just get past those plastic containers, and then apply it again, and the image updates.
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