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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.
Well, we've been in and out of preferences in iPhoto, but I thought let's just go in there and just talk about preferences for a couple of minutes. So I will just go to iPhoto > Preferences and I want to review a few of these tabs. Most of this is pretty straightforward. One of things that I want to point out to you we are in the General tab right here is that, what do you want to have happen when you connect your camera? Do you to one iPhoto to open, do you want Image Capture? If have other photo applications, they may show up in this pop up list.
And sometimes when you install new photo software, it will take over. In other words it will say I'm going to be the one that's going to launch when you connect your camera and if you want to change that back, an easy way to do is just launch iPhoto, come to this General pane here and then you can change it back to No application or to iPhoto or whatever you want. So that's a very handy tool just in general. Now on Events, when you bring them in, we've talked about events awhile back in this training and this is where you get to set, what is an the event? Is it a week, is it a day? Is it a two-hour gap? In terms of rotating, these are just rotating photos and so forth. You can set a default method and then you can usually override it by holding down the Option key.
On Appearance, again very straightforward. Do you like a black background? Do you like the charcoal gray background? What do you like? You get to set all of that stuff up here. In Sharing, if there are other iPhoto users on your network and they have shared their library then you can look for that and they will actually show up here in the Library under Shared Albums. So the thing I recommend though is that you don't share your album, unless you're doing it for a specific reason because you could just forget and you have this box checked and then everyone on the network can see into your library especially if we have the Share entire library checked.
Now you can just do one album. You can just share, in this case, Germany and you can require a password too, but I recommend as your default setting that you leave it off unless you have a specific use for it. Accounts we've touched on and this is the place where you set up your email accounts, Flickr, Facebook all that stuff you set up right here in Accounts, so this is your control center and this is a new tab to iPhoto '11.
The Events tab, almost everyone is going to have items copied into their iPhoto library and what that means is when you upload photos into iPhoto, it holds them in your iPhoto Library container, which is inside your Pictures folder, and that really makes it easier when it's time to back up because all you have to do is just back up that one entire container and you have all of your work and all of your photos in there. Some folks like to do advanced photo management where they have their photos live on different hard drives and in that case if you're going to do that, then you would uncheck this box, but I recommend unless you really know what you're doing and read up on it, put the photos in iPhoto and it's a much safer way to go.
Generally speaking, you're going to edit your stuff in iPhoto. There you can do what we call round-tripping to an external editor. Again, it's something that I don't recommend you do unless you have a specific need to do it. At least at this point the editing tools in iPhoto are very good and you should be able to do most of your image editing in there. If you have a special need, then I think what I would do at this point is export your photo out of iPhoto, go ahead, open it in an image editor, do your work, and then import it back into iPhoto as a separate shot, put it next to the original photo.
Just know that if you want to do round- trip editing, this is where you set that up and for RAW files, if you don't want iPhoto to process them, if you want another editor to process them, then you would check this box right here. Saving edits as 16-bit files, those are big files. JPEGs are 8-bit files. So unless again, if you know you need 16-bit files and you know why you need them and then you would use this option. Otherwise don't, because when you edit stuff especially a RAW file, it's going to save it as a very large file and basically, your iPhoto Library is going to balloon on you very fast.
So this is only something that you would do if you know you neededt to do it. Looking up Places and that's that location information that's based on geotags. So in other words, geotags are the latitude and longitude coordinates. But then what actually you know lives there, the Dom Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, that's the place and so that's a lookup and that requires online connection.
But I think it's handy letting iPhoto look that stuff up as you identify it and if you do want to turn that off though, you do it right here in the Advanced tab. Now here's one that you do want to think about a little bit, which is if you've applied the Places information to a lot of your photos and let's say that you just bought a new house and you took pictures of it and you geotagged at it, because you wanted that in your iPhoto library, and then you publish that picture online let's say on Flickr, do you or do you not want that location information attached to that picture of your house? That's up to you and you can control that right here.
If this box is checked then that place's information geotags will travel with that photo when you export it outside of iPhoto. If you don't want that to accompany it, then keep that box unchecked and then finally, the email. If you always, whenever you send out an email let's say using the email templates, if you always want yourself blind copied, check this box. Then in terms of the Store, you would pick you know where you live for that.
So that's a tour of preferences. It just helps you fine- tune your iPhoto experience. For the most part, the default settings are quite good, but there is just a couple things here that I wanted to point out to you in case you need to have them a certain way.
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