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Rating your photos

From: iPhoto '11 Essential Training

Video: Rating your photos

One of the things that I like to do when working with a lot of photos in iPhoto is make sure that I spend my time only working on the good images. It doesn't do a lot of good to try to image edit photos that are bad. But you need to figure out which images are good and which ones are bad and then remember them. And the best way to keep track of that is to use something that we call the star rating system and I am going to show you how that works right now. We're going to go through and rate this portrait session by Morgan.

Rating your photos

One of the things that I like to do when working with a lot of photos in iPhoto is make sure that I spend my time only working on the good images. It doesn't do a lot of good to try to image edit photos that are bad. But you need to figure out which images are good and which ones are bad and then remember them. And the best way to keep track of that is to use something that we call the star rating system and I am going to show you how that works right now. We're going to go through and rate this portrait session by Morgan.

Now, the first thing you have to do is turn on the ratings themselves and you do that up here at View and you will see Ratings, and there is a keyboard command for it if you want to use that. Now when you do that, you notice things move down a little bit and as you mouse over an image, the little stars appear. Now right now, they are all empty. So, for instance one system that I use if a photo is good, I give it 2 stars and if it's very good, I give it 3 stars and then later on if I really like it after I work on it, I might upgrade it to 4 or 5.

So you could do it this way here. You just click on two and then you click on two like that. Now there are keyboard shortcuts so that you can, for instance, click on an image and then go up here. I can even show you those keyboard shortcuts. They are listed right here. Command+1, Command+2, so on and so forth. So you could do this thing where you click on an image. Well, I will do Command+3 here so you can see the change, use the Right Arrow key, go to the next image, do Command+3, rate it like that and that's a little bit faster. It's not bad.

Now one fun thing that you can do if you know that all of the images are wonderful and you just think they are fantastic, you could select a group of them and then you could go up here to My Rating and just give them a rating and iPhoto will apply that rating to all the images that you have selected. Fabulous! But this is not the best of view for actually judging an image. You want to see a bigger version of it. Probably a better way to work is first of all let's go to Full Screen mode and let's double click on an image and now we have a good look at this thing and I have a better chance of giving it an accurate rating.

The problem is, as we look here, there are no stars anywhere to be found. And then even if I go up here to the top or I go to View, you see that the ratings are grayed out. So at first that seems like a bit of a predicament. The answer is you go down here to Info, click on this, and there is where your rating is listed. And as I go, I'm using the Arrow key right now from image to image it shows the rating. So for instance, if I decide that I want to downgrade one of these that I-- because I batch rated these, then over here in Info, I could just click on two and that would change that rating or I could do Command+3, the keyboard shortcut.

That works, while I am doing this. So this is probably a better way to work just to go through these things. And I would say if you want to work quickly, use the Right and Left Arrow keys to go back and forth and then use the keyboard commands to assign the ratings. So let's get to one. Here's one that I haven't rated yet. So I can do Command+2, Arrow key, Command+3, Arrow key, Command+3, Arrow key, Command+2, Arrow key, Command+3, and I think you get the picture.

Again, no pun intended. Sorry about that. Now we've assigned these ratings. Now if I go out of this larger view, so I'm going to double-click, you'll see that my star ratings show with the thumbnails and they show here in the Info, and if I go out of Full Screen mode, they still show. And if I don't want to see them, if I find them a distraction, maybe I am showing someone my library and I don't want them to see my ratings, I can go up to View and turn them off.

Now in the next movie, I am going to talk a little about putting these ratings to use but I wanted you to be very comfortable in applying the ratings to your photographs.

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iPhoto '11 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 49s
    3. What's new in iPhoto '11?
      1m 39s
    4. OS X Mavericks 10.9 iPhoto version update NEW
      21s
  2. 20m 33s
    1. Preparing to install iPhoto '11
      3m 2s
    2. Launching iPhoto for the first time and updating your existing Library
      4m 4s
    3. Importing images from your camera
      4m 50s
    4. Importing photo files
      4m 3s
    5. Importing movies
      2m 17s
    6. Working in Full Screen view
      2m 17s
  3. 40m 53s
    1. Importing the exercise files and organizing by Event
      1m 59s
    2. Understanding Events
      3m 43s
    3. Hiding photos
      1m 50s
    4. Flagging photos
      3m 3s
    5. Finding people using Faces
      3m 52s
    6. Adding people to Faces
      2m 8s
    7. Managing the Faces corkboard
      2m 14s
    8. Organizing by location with Places
      2m 9s
    9. Geotagging images
      7m 4s
    10. Creating albums
      1m 54s
    11. Viewing albums in Full Screen mode
      3m 37s
    12. Creating Smart Albums
      3m 36s
    13. Creating folders
      1m 46s
    14. Exploring the Project view
      1m 58s
  4. 17m 15s
    1. Understanding metadata
      3m 1s
    2. Rating your photos
      4m 27s
    3. Displaying photos by rating
      2m 57s
    4. Adding keywords
      3m 13s
    5. Finding photos by keyword
      3m 37s
  5. 29m 6s
    1. Switching to Edit mode
      2m 3s
    2. Cropping photos
      3m 30s
    3. Straightening photos
      1m 37s
    4. Making automatic corrections with Enhance
      2m 18s
    5. Removing red-eye
      3m 5s
    6. Retouching photos
      3m 10s
    7. Rotating photos
      1m 39s
    8. Using the Effects palette
      4m 8s
    9. Duplicating photos
      3m 5s
    10. Reverting to the original
      2m 4s
    11. Comparing photos while editing
      2m 27s
  6. 34m 53s
    1. Working in the Adjust tab
      1m 0s
    2. Adjusting levels
      4m 12s
    3. Adjusting exposure and contrast
      3m 31s
    4. Adjusting color saturation
      3m 43s
    5. Adjusting definition
      2m 10s
    6. Adjusting highlights and shadows
      2m 26s
    7. Adjusting sharpness and reducing noise
      4m 19s
    8. Adjusting temperature and tint
      4m 19s
    9. Copying adjustments and pasting them to multiple photos
      3m 51s
    10. Working with RAW files in iPhoto
      5m 22s
  7. 25m 42s
    1. Emailing photos from iPhoto
      4m 22s
    2. Emailing photos the old-fashioned way
      4m 5s
    3. Setting up your email account in iPhoto
      3m 43s
    4. Sharing your photos via Facebook
      3m 16s
    5. Sharing your photos via Flickr
      4m 35s
    6. Sharing your photos via MobileMe
      1m 26s
    7. Creating a web gallery
      4m 15s
  8. 20m 59s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      1m 46s
    2. Customizing slideshow settings
      5m 2s
    3. Exporting a slideshow to QuickTime
      4m 19s
    4. Managing movies in your iPhoto library
      5m 26s
    5. Creating a DVD from iPhoto
      4m 26s
  9. 41m 45s
    1. Exporting photos
      4m 57s
    2. Printing photos
      7m 57s
    3. Ordering prints
      2m 22s
    4. Creating a calendar
      7m 11s
    5. Creating a photo book
      7m 40s
    6. Selecting output options for your photo book
      4m 6s
    7. Creating greeting cards
      4m 15s
    8. Setting output options for your greeting cards
      2m 11s
    9. Viewing all your calendars, books, and cards
      1m 6s
  10. 16m 14s
    1. Customizing iPhoto preferences
      7m 7s
    2. Burning a backup CD or DVD
      4m 37s
    3. Backing up to an external hard drive
      1m 53s
    4. Creating iPhoto libraries and switching between them
      2m 37s
  11. 1m 45s
    1. Final thoughts
      1m 45s

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