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Cropping photos

From: iPhoto '11 Essential Training

Video: Cropping photos

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.

Cropping photos

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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iPhoto '11 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 49s
    3. What's new in iPhoto '11?
      1m 39s
    4. OS X Mavericks 10.9 iPhoto version update NEW
      21s
  2. 20m 33s
    1. Preparing to install iPhoto '11
      3m 2s
    2. Launching iPhoto for the first time and updating your existing Library
      4m 4s
    3. Importing images from your camera
      4m 50s
    4. Importing photo files
      4m 3s
    5. Importing movies
      2m 17s
    6. Working in Full Screen view
      2m 17s
  3. 40m 53s
    1. Importing the exercise files and organizing by Event
      1m 59s
    2. Understanding Events
      3m 43s
    3. Hiding photos
      1m 50s
    4. Flagging photos
      3m 3s
    5. Finding people using Faces
      3m 52s
    6. Adding people to Faces
      2m 8s
    7. Managing the Faces corkboard
      2m 14s
    8. Organizing by location with Places
      2m 9s
    9. Geotagging images
      7m 4s
    10. Creating albums
      1m 54s
    11. Viewing albums in Full Screen mode
      3m 37s
    12. Creating Smart Albums
      3m 36s
    13. Creating folders
      1m 46s
    14. Exploring the Project view
      1m 58s
  4. 17m 15s
    1. Understanding metadata
      3m 1s
    2. Rating your photos
      4m 27s
    3. Displaying photos by rating
      2m 57s
    4. Adding keywords
      3m 13s
    5. Finding photos by keyword
      3m 37s
  5. 29m 6s
    1. Switching to Edit mode
      2m 3s
    2. Cropping photos
      3m 30s
    3. Straightening photos
      1m 37s
    4. Making automatic corrections with Enhance
      2m 18s
    5. Removing red-eye
      3m 5s
    6. Retouching photos
      3m 10s
    7. Rotating photos
      1m 39s
    8. Using the Effects palette
      4m 8s
    9. Duplicating photos
      3m 5s
    10. Reverting to the original
      2m 4s
    11. Comparing photos while editing
      2m 27s
  6. 34m 53s
    1. Working in the Adjust tab
      1m 0s
    2. Adjusting levels
      4m 12s
    3. Adjusting exposure and contrast
      3m 31s
    4. Adjusting color saturation
      3m 43s
    5. Adjusting definition
      2m 10s
    6. Adjusting highlights and shadows
      2m 26s
    7. Adjusting sharpness and reducing noise
      4m 19s
    8. Adjusting temperature and tint
      4m 19s
    9. Copying adjustments and pasting them to multiple photos
      3m 51s
    10. Working with RAW files in iPhoto
      5m 22s
  7. 25m 42s
    1. Emailing photos from iPhoto
      4m 22s
    2. Emailing photos the old-fashioned way
      4m 5s
    3. Setting up your email account in iPhoto
      3m 43s
    4. Sharing your photos via Facebook
      3m 16s
    5. Sharing your photos via Flickr
      4m 35s
    6. Sharing your photos via MobileMe
      1m 26s
    7. Creating a web gallery
      4m 15s
  8. 20m 59s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      1m 46s
    2. Customizing slideshow settings
      5m 2s
    3. Exporting a slideshow to QuickTime
      4m 19s
    4. Managing movies in your iPhoto library
      5m 26s
    5. Creating a DVD from iPhoto
      4m 26s
  9. 41m 45s
    1. Exporting photos
      4m 57s
    2. Printing photos
      7m 57s
    3. Ordering prints
      2m 22s
    4. Creating a calendar
      7m 11s
    5. Creating a photo book
      7m 40s
    6. Selecting output options for your photo book
      4m 6s
    7. Creating greeting cards
      4m 15s
    8. Setting output options for your greeting cards
      2m 11s
    9. Viewing all your calendars, books, and cards
      1m 6s
  10. 16m 14s
    1. Customizing iPhoto preferences
      7m 7s
    2. Burning a backup CD or DVD
      4m 37s
    3. Backing up to an external hard drive
      1m 53s
    4. Creating iPhoto libraries and switching between them
      2m 37s
  11. 1m 45s
    1. Final thoughts
      1m 45s

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