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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.
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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