iPhoto '08 Essential Training
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iPhoto '08 Essential Training

with Derrick Story

Video: Rating your photos

Another handy organizational tool in iPhoto'08 is rating the photos. I like this because it's good to know which shots are your best ones and which ones aren't, without having to go and open up every photo again and look at it closely every time that you want to do something such as make a print or e-mail a copy to a friend or make a Web gallery. There are a couple different ways to rate your photos. You could just Click the thumbnail and then go down to the Information box that we had open earlier, and just Click here in the rating field the star rating that you want to assign to the photo. So for instance, you could assign 3, go to the next photo, assign 4, and so on and so forth.
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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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4h 18m Beginner Nov 06, 2007

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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

Rating your photos

Another handy organizational tool in iPhoto'08 is rating the photos. I like this because it's good to know which shots are your best ones and which ones aren't, without having to go and open up every photo again and look at it closely every time that you want to do something such as make a print or e-mail a copy to a friend or make a Web gallery. There are a couple different ways to rate your photos. You could just Click the thumbnail and then go down to the Information box that we had open earlier, and just Click here in the rating field the star rating that you want to assign to the photo. So for instance, you could assign 3, go to the next photo, assign 4, and so on and so forth.

This isn't the fastest way and I also don't recommend it because you're not really looking at a large view of the photo. What I prefer is to magnify the photo and then rate it. So I'm going to Double- Click on this next one here. Now, I get a nice big view of the photo and I could rate it also by going up here to Photos, do My Rating, and I can Click on the star rating that I want. Now notice there are also keystroke commands right next to the star rating. So I can give this photo 4 stars by Clicking right here and you notice down here in the rating field 4 stars show up. I can hit the Arrow key to move me to the next photo and I could go back up to Photos, Rating, and see you can see the challenge here. You know by the time you done fiddling around, you have lost interest in the photo. Click 2 stars and then hit the Arrow key and go to the next photo or I could use the keystrokes. For instance, I want to get this photo a 2 star rating, so I could hold down the Command key and the 2 and give it 2 stars. You see that those 2 stars show up here in the Information box, now I hit the Arrow key to the next one. I want to give this 3 stars. So I do Cmd +3, hit the arrow key. I want to give this one 4 stars, Cmd+4, Arrow key. I want to give this one 3 stars, Cmd+3, Arrow key and then back to this one that I have already rated 4 stars, let's say that I really like it and I want to change it to 5. I can do that, Cmd+5, and now it's a 5 star rating. Click back on my thumbnails and I have gone through the whole batch very quickly. So the combination of using Arrow keys in the Magnify view with the keystrokes, Cmd+ 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5, negative Cmd+0 for no rating, it's a very fast way to rate your photos and I think it is a more enjoyable way to rate your photos. Now what if you wanted the ratings to show up in the Thumbnail view here? All you have to do is go up to View and Click on Rating. We already have Titles selected, that's why our titles are showing up here in Thumbnail view, now let's Click rating, and our star ratings show up beneath the Title in the Thumbnail view and if you wanted to, you could even make a change right here at the star view just by Clicking on the star, just take this and back to 4, just take this and back to 3, this moves this one up to 3. So you have a number of different ways to rate your photos. One last thing I want to show you little organizational tip. Once you have gone through and rated all of your photos, maybe you want to see your best ones at the top and the ones you are not just crazy about move down to the bottom. All you have to do is go up here to View, Sort Photos, Sort By Rating. View, Sort Photos, Descending.

Your best photos will be at the top of the event thumbnail list, working your way down to your least favorite photos. Now you are feeling very organized just by quickly browsing through your thumbnails. You know where your best shots are. You don't have to look at them all again in Magnify view and I feel very confident just Clicking on this and making a print or sending it as an e-mail attachment to a friend. Rating photos is a very powerful tool and it's one that I encourage you to use with all of your events.

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