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In iPhoto '11 Essential Training, Derrick Story offers an in-depth tour of the popular photo management software from Apple, demonstrating its various features for organizing, editing, and sharing images. The course covers techniques to categorize and combine images into custom collections using iPhoto's geotagging, face detection, and Smart Album features, and offers insight on how to perform key image corrections and enhancements. Also covered are tutorials on building customized slideshows and outputting collections to calendars, books, and greeting cards. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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