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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 now that we have many of the images in our library rated, I want to show you some of the advantages to that because it's no fun to tell people to do stuff and then not give them a reward for doing it. And there is definitely a reward to rating your images. Right here I've opened up an event and we can see that we are sorted by date and that we have all these different star ratings. Now one thing that I like to do when I'm looking at any collection of images that's been rated is I like to sort by the ratings, so I have my best stuff on top and we are going to do that right now.
I just go here to View, go to Sort Photos, go to By Rating. Now it's going to put the bad stuff on top, which I don't really want that. What I want is this, by Descending, so that I have my good shots on top. Now again, the thinking is that when you do image editing, work with your best stuff, image edit that, and because it has the best potential for being a terrific photo. If you have time, you can work on the stuff that's not rated as high but always try to spend your time initially working on your best stuff and rating your photos helps with that.
So that's fun and this gives you a nice look at your library, but I want to show you probably my favorite way to use star ratings and that's using a Smart Album with them. So we'll go back here and I want to create a Smart Album. So I am going to go to File > New > Smart Album and this one is going to be, we are going to call it Best Shots, how is that? And what I want to do is create a Smart Album that has all of my 3 and 4 star rated images so that any time that I want, and this is especially good for showing off, I can just go to a collection of my best stuff that spans my whole library.
So we will go here to My Rating is greater than. Now you have to kind of put your thinking cap on here Is greater than. So I want 3 and 4 star images, so it has to be greater than 2, all right, is greater than 2, and then I will click OK. And now I have a best shots collection right here. Everything is 3 and 4 stars. And this is terrific again for showing off and it spans the entire library.
AS long as I've rated images, this Smart Album will look at them and bring the best ones into this collection. So star rating has some real advantages and you can have some fun. You can also rate your worst shots. You can create a Smart Album for your worst shots and then once you have them all gathered together, you can hide them so no one ever sees them. So there is a couple of ways to work this. Anyway, you get the idea and I hope you give star rating a good look.
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