iPhoto '08 Essential Training
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Making automatic corrections with Enhance


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iPhoto '08 Essential Training

with Derrick Story

Video: Making automatic corrections with Enhance

We are now going to tackle one of the most interesting image editing tools in iPhoto and that's Enhance. Let's go back to our poor tree here. We are going to hold down the Option key and I said poor tree because let's face it. The image might have been straightened, but it is still a little dark. It could use a little help. I'm not exactly sure how to fix it, but we're going to give Enhance a try and see what it can do. Maybe it is something that will have to use advanced tools later on, may be Enhance will fix it, let's find out. I'm holding down the Option key, Double-Clicking. We are now in Edit mode and Enhance of course is right here. A kind of looks like a magic wand and sometimes it behaves that way and sometimes not. The tool itself couldn't be easier to use. Once your photo is up in Edit mode, you Click Enhance and the effects are instantly rendered. Now, this is a case where I think Enhance is a little too strong. Now here is a little iPhoto tip for you that I haven't covered before. If you want to see a before and after of the photo, hold down the Shift key and you will see the before any edits were applied, let go the Shift key and you will see the edits after they have been applied. In this case, it's true. The original photo is too dark. It is underexposed, but Enhance overexposed it and we want something more in between. So, in this case Enhance isn't the right tool for this image. We'll come back to it later on with more advanced tools. I'm going to go up to here to the Edit menu and I'm going to choose Undo Enhance photo right here. Cmd+Z. This is a standard command for all Mac applications, Cmd+Z. We are going to choose it to undo it.
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  1. 8m 32s
    1. Welcome
      2m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
    3. iPhoto overview
      5m 15s
  2. 9m 33s
    1. Interface changes
      2m 2s
    2. Importing photos
      37s
    3. Events
      1m 18s
    4. Using the Web Gallery
      2m 18s
    5. The Adjust palette
      2m 12s
    6. Other editing tools
      1m 6s
  3. 24m 36s
    1. Launching iPhoto for the first time
      2m 46s
    2. Setting up overall preferences
      5m 18s
    3. Importing images from your camera
      4m 7s
    4. Importing photo files
      2m 41s
    5. Importing movies
      3m 14s
    6. Changing the viewing mode
      6m 30s
  4. 26m 52s
    1. Setting up Events preferences
      4m 2s
    2. Creating a new event
      2m 40s
    3. Auto-splitting an event
      2m 53s
    4. Merging events
      2m 4s
    5. Changing the key photo
      2m 13s
    6. Renaming your photos and events
      2m 34s
    7. Creating albums
      2m 40s
    8. Creating folders
      3m 12s
    9. Creating Smart Albums
      4m 34s
  5. 26m 29s
    1. Understanding metadata
      1m 3s
    2. Understanding EXIF and IPTC metadata
      2m 11s
    3. Using photo info
      3m 7s
    4. Rating your photos
      4m 18s
    5. Finding photos by rating
      1m 27s
    6. Hiding photos
      1m 41s
    7. Flagging photos
      4m 12s
    8. Adding keywords
      5m 43s
    9. Finding photos by keyword
      2m 47s
  6. 29m 28s
    1. Switching to Edit mode
      2m 31s
    2. Rotating photos
      1m 18s
    3. Cropping photos
      2m 7s
    4. Straightening photos
      2m 23s
    5. Making automatic corrections with Enhance
      4m 37s
    6. Removing red-eye
      3m 39s
    7. Retouching photos
      2m 33s
    8. Using the Effects palette
      4m 51s
    9. Duplicating photos
      2m 13s
    10. The Revert to Original command
      3m 16s
  7. 47m 14s
    1. Setting up an advanced editing environment
      5m 13s
    2. Adjusting levels
      3m 5s
    3. Adjusting exposure and contrast
      4m 2s
    4. Adjusting highlights and shadows
      3m 13s
    5. Adjusting saturation, temperature, and tint
      3m 42s
    6. Automatic color cast correction
      3m 0s
    7. Adjusting sharpness and reducing noise
      5m 55s
    8. Copying adjustments and pasting them to multiple photos
      3m 7s
    9. Editing in an external editor
      4m 16s
    10. Working with RAW files in iPhoto
      5m 24s
    11. Working with RAW files in an external editor
      6m 17s
  8. 38m 28s
    1. Creating a Web Gallery
      7m 25s
    2. Managing your Web Gallery
      2m 33s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      9m 53s
    4. Exporting a slideshow to QuickTime
      4m 19s
    5. Emailing photos
      6m 47s
    6. Exporting an HTML Web Gallery
      5m 27s
    7. Sharing photos over a network
      2m 4s
  9. 28m 29s
    1. Printing photos
      4m 49s
    2. Ordering prints
      2m 30s
    3. Building a photo book
      9m 52s
    4. Creating greeting cards
      4m 54s
    5. Creating a calendar
      6m 24s
  10. 18m 19s
    1. Burning a backup CD or DVD
      5m 13s
    2. Creating a photo DVD in iDVD
      5m 39s
    3. The iPhoto Library
      4m 3s
    4. Creating custom title slides
      3m 24s
  11. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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iPhoto is the backbone of digital photo management for amateur photographers using Macs. In iPhoto '08 Essential Training, instructor Derrick Story teaches each aspect of iPhoto '08, including how to burn CDs and DVDs; set up an advanced editing environment; and retouch, rotate, crop, duplicate, and manipulate photographs. Derrick also shares many tips and tricks and demonstrates how to best organize large photo libraries with metadata, flags, keywords, ratings, and photo info. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the iPhoto '08 interface changes
  • Organizing photos and events
  • Tagging and searching with metadata
  • Adding effects and retouching photos
  • Adjusting levels, exposure, sharpness, etc.
  • Creating and managing web photo galleries
  • Printing quality photos
Subject:
Photography
Software:
iPhoto
Author:
Derrick Story

Making automatic corrections with Enhance

We are now going to tackle one of the most interesting image editing tools in iPhoto and that's Enhance. Let's go back to our poor tree here. We are going to hold down the Option key and I said poor tree because let's face it. The image might have been straightened, but it is still a little dark. It could use a little help. I'm not exactly sure how to fix it, but we're going to give Enhance a try and see what it can do. Maybe it is something that will have to use advanced tools later on, may be Enhance will fix it, let's find out. I'm holding down the Option key, Double-Clicking. We are now in Edit mode and Enhance of course is right here. A kind of looks like a magic wand and sometimes it behaves that way and sometimes not. The tool itself couldn't be easier to use. Once your photo is up in Edit mode, you Click Enhance and the effects are instantly rendered. Now, this is a case where I think Enhance is a little too strong. Now here is a little iPhoto tip for you that I haven't covered before. If you want to see a before and after of the photo, hold down the Shift key and you will see the before any edits were applied, let go the Shift key and you will see the edits after they have been applied. In this case, it's true. The original photo is too dark. It is underexposed, but Enhance overexposed it and we want something more in between. So, in this case Enhance isn't the right tool for this image. We'll come back to it later on with more advanced tools. I'm going to go up to here to the Edit menu and I'm going to choose Undo Enhance photo right here. Cmd+Z. This is a standard command for all Mac applications, Cmd+Z. We are going to choose it to undo it.

I'm going to go to done and we are going to try a different photo for Enhance. We'll just try Rock right here. This time, I'm going to Ctrl-Click, go to Edit, we'll bring up our little rock shot and let's see how Enhance works on it. I'm going to Click Enhance. Well now this is a little more interesting. I actually don't mind this interpretation of Enhance. There might be a little more contrast than I would like, but it is certainly better than what the tree did. I'm going to hold down shift. Boy, it was really flat before, now it is very punchy. I'm holding down Shift. The before shot looks very very dull. I don't think I can go back to the before shot. So, I'm going to keep Enhance on this shot. We are going to done, we'll Click on it, and our changes have been applied.

Let's try it on a few more because I think this is a very interesting tool and you never know exactly how it is going to work. Let's go to our window shot that we cropped earlier. We are going to hold down the Option key and Double- Click. We are in Edit mode. Just Click Enhance. Now here I think Enhance isn't as aggressive shall we say as it was on some of the other shots and I think this is a very nice rendering. Let's hold down the Shift key, dull and boring. You notice that we also have a before crop too. I'm going to let go the Shift key, we see both the crop that we did in our previous movie and the application of Enhance. Boy, the before looks really dull compared to the after, doesn't it? Again, the before was underexposed. Color is a kind of dull. I think Enhance does a nice job on this one. I'm going to keep it. Let's try just one more. Holding down the Option key, Double-Clicking, so we go to Edit mode.

Let's try Enhance. Not bad, not bad. Now, on this one I would say that I think it is probably a little overexposed in Enhance. Right now, the original shot is underexposed. Enhance, I would say slightly overexposed, but I bet it prints up very nicely. This is probably a good interpretation of Enhance, but I'm going to pass on it at this time. We'll play with this image a little bit later using some of the more advanced tools. So, I go up to Edit, I choose Undo Enhance Photo, Click Done, no harm done, and we'll come back to this photo a little bit later on, but that will give you a nice kind of look at Enhance. You never know exactly how it is going to turn out. Remember to hold down the Shift key to get a good before and after because I think that helps you to evaluate how well Enhance did on that image and if you end up not liking what it does remember that Cmd+Z or choosing Undo from up here under edit will get out of Dodge and will bring you back to where you were before you applied Enhance.

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