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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.
iPhoto '08 provides many new options for making prints at home. I'm going to walk you through a few of them now. Go up to Guatemala and now I'm going to print our fortress here. All I have to do is Click on it once and go down to Print, down here at the bottom, you may get a new dialog box, now this is something that we have not seen in previous versions of iPhoto. Over on the left side here we can choose Standard print or Contact Sheet and we have some designs that are also new in iPhoto '08. I'll give you a peek at them in a second.
Make sure that your printer is showing up here in this popup menu, the Printer popup menu. And the presets generally will be at standard, as you can see when I Click it, there is no other option at the moment. I'll print out on US letter paper size and just have the standard size print fitting in that area here. So if you wanted to make just a regular print you are all set. All you do is Click the Print button. iPhoto will send the job to your printer and out will come the print. Now this is what iPhoto '08 though gets a little more interesting. You can customize your print job. Let's start with a Simple Mat.
This is very nice and you have a white border and iPhoto actually adds a tinted area that looks like a Mat they even add a beveled edge here, isn't that interesting? Look at that, and you can even play with this design somewhat by Clicking on the Customize button. When you do that you have some new options, you have Layout option, where you can do one, two, three or four images on a single sheet of paper. You can change your Borders, for instance, what if I want something, I'm going to add a little brightness on the inside here, do another beveled edge with a white border. Let's take a look at it one more. Here is a different look where that white border is a little larger. Now I can change the Background color also. I do like the background color we have right now, but for the sake of this demonstration, we'll pick something completely different. That's a little too contrast -y for my taste, I'm going back to our original background, I think that looks lovely. And you can even change your Theme, so we started out with a Simple Mat, but what if you wanted to go to a Double Mat? You can do that, of course our background changed. So I have to ask it to give us back that color that I like, and now we have a double matted image. Again this is done on the printer; iPhoto is giving the printer these instructions, it's not creating actual mats. So I thought I should clear that up just in case you were wondering. When you have the image ready to go the way that you want again all I have to do is Click Print and your off to the races, iPhoto sends the job to your printer and outcomes a lovely image. I want to show you just a few more options before we leave this, I'm going to Cancel right now. Go back here. We are going to go to print. You can also do a contact sheet and let's show you how to put that together. If I wanted to do a contact sheet with these six images, select the first one, hold down the Shift key, go to the sixth one, now I go to Print. Go to Contact Sheet, we place them right there and Customize, I do have some options. Here is the basic Contact Sheet layout, but I have some Background options. So I can change the background, you notice that it automatically reverses the type if I go to a darker background. Themes again, we're stuck with contact sheet. Now I'm going to show you a little trick right now. When we go ahead and Click the Print button and instead of sending the job directly to the printer. I'm going to go over to PDF and I'm going to choose save as PDF. Choose the location; let's send it to the Desktop and call this Contact. You don't need to hide the extension and now I'm going to hit Save. Now what happens is instead of sending this job to the printer, it's actually building a PDF. So I can create Contact Sheets of my iPhoto libraries, generate PDFs and use those as e-mail attachments to send to friends and family. It's a nice little, hence this is a nice option that you provided with OS X. I'm going to Cancel this job now, but there are other options that we have in iPhoto '08 including making greeting cards and calendars and I'll you show you those in upcoming movies.
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