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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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Sometimes it takes twice as much work. What I mean is double-processing for effects. You can go ahead and run a photo through, export it from iPhoto, and then bring it in a second time, and run the effects all over again. Here's how. Let's go ahead and edit a couple of photos. I'm going to start by boosting the Color, and I'll use Enhance here, and what I'm going for is a really high contrast image. All right. That's looking pretty good.
Let's go to the next image, and in this case, I'll Enhance. I'm going to apply the Antique effect, with some fading, and a little Boost. There we go. Increase the Contrast, Antique, Fade, and high Contrast. There we go.
Now I'm going to export those three images. By exporting, these effects will get baked into the file. I could then reimport them, and do a double-process, running additional effects on top of the original. Let's select those three images, and I'll choose File > Export. There we go. I'm going to save these out as TIFF files at the full size, and I will use the current title.
Now that it's done, I'll go ahead and re-import those double-processed images. Let's work with just these for a second. Notice, I'm able to combine the effects here, and in this case, the Sepia effect actually looks good. I'll do a little boosting, with a little additional Fade, and I'm going to come over here, and really crank Definition.
By going through multiple times, I can get past the limits of 100, and I could process that image a handful of times. That looks really cool there with high contrast. Let's take a look at our next photo here. I'm going to come over, Boost it, even though I previously desaturated it, and apply the Antique effect; nah, I'll go without this time. Then let's come over here, lift it, bring up the Definition, and the Contrast, and then use the Saturation slider.
Now, in this case, by using the Skintones option, I'm leaving a little bit of the bluish tint in the flag. That's a lot of fun. I'll open that up. And you see the before, and the after; a very different look. By doing two passes, I'm able to really push the blacks, and go for a high impact duotone. One more picture, and we're going to really crank up Definition here, and Contrast. Flatten that image a bit, and I want to lift the midtones there, and Shadows.
That looks good. Come over to Effects, and we're going to go ahead and make that Antique, while doing a little bit of a Fade. Notice, while it looks like I have a black and white image, I still have some spot colors left over. I didn't simply strip away the color, and go to black and white. I was able to use Antique, and some fading, and then pop that in there, and that looks really cool, how there's a bit of color left over, but it has a dramatic look.
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