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In iPhoto '11 Essential Training, Derrick Story offers an in-depth tour of the popular photo management software from Apple, demonstrating its various features for organizing, editing, and sharing images. The course covers techniques to categorize and combine images into custom collections using iPhoto's geotagging, face detection, and Smart Album features, and offers insight on how to perform key image corrections and enhancements. Also covered are tutorials on building customized slideshows and outputting collections to calendars, books, and greeting cards. Exercise files accompany the course.
A lot of images can improve with cropping. So let's take a look at that most basic editing tool right now. I am going to go to Full Screen mode and then I'm going to bring up the Edit panel just by clicking on Edit down there. You'll see under Quick Fixes that Crop is one of our Quick Fixes. So I will click on that right now. As soon as I click on Crop, you get the gray outline to your image with little corners and you can click-and-drag these corners any way that you want.
When you think you have the crop to your liking, you can hit the Return key and iPhoto will crop it for you. One thing that you can do, and this is not only as cropping, this is with any image edit that we do, is that you can hold down the Shift key and see what your original image look like, let go, and you go back to the adjustment that you made. So for instance in this case, I'm looking at this and I go I really don't like these little areas here. I would like it to recrop.
So I just click the Crop button again and then I can re-adjust. Now, one thing that comes up alot with printing is that people say, "Well, I got my image just the way I wanted it. Then I printed it and it didn't fit on the paper properly." That's because the proportions of your image that you are looking right here on your computer were different than the proportions of the paper that you're printing on. iPhoto can help you with that if you click on the Constraint box right here, and then click on the popup menu, you will see that you have all sorts of options.
Most often or many times anyway, we are printing on 4x6 paper and if you're doing that, you just go down to 4x6 and that will constrain your Cropping tool. In other words, as I move it, it will stay in those proportions. Now, I will hit Return. Now when I make this print on 4x6 paper, it will fit perfectly. It will look great. If you decide that you're all done with this and you just want to start over or do a completely different crop, you can Revert to Original.
You do have that option. That's right down here. Now the thing to keep in mind and iPhoto is going to warn you about this. If you Revert to Original, if you've done other edits also, then those will also be wiped away. If all you've done is Crop, then you can do if you want, Command+Z and that will take you back. That will take you back one step. Command+Z again will take you back another step and we have gone back to original that way.
So if we had done other edits, then all we really have done is step back a couple of times and the other stuff will be there. But you can also Revert to Original. Let's just crop real quick and I will just show you how that works. We will just do a quick crop, hit Return, click on Revert to Original, and then it brings us back. So you have a couple options here. Remember, iPhoto is a nondestructive image editor. It always remembers the original state of the photo. It actually hangs onto the original state of the photo.
So you can play to your heart's content, knowing that you have a safety net by reverting to original or stepping back a few steps.
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