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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.
The Red-Eye reduction tool in iPhoto'08 has been improved, and I want to show you how that works. We are going to go up here to Image Adjustment Event, open it. We have a Red-Eye candidate right here. We are going to hold down the Option key, Double-Click to open it in Edit mode. Here we have some serious Red-Eye going on here. Adorable, but serious Red-Eye, nonetheless. I'm going to Click the Red-Eye tool and you can see that now we have a different palette and we have two choices. We have Automatic and Manual mode for Red-Eye correction.
Automatic works a way that we have been using in previous versions of iPhoto, which is basically, I just take my mouse, I center it in the middle of the Red-Eye, I Click, and the Red-Eye is corrected. Now, however, for those of you that are, I won't say that you have a controlling nature, but may be who like a little more control in your image editing, there is also Manual mode. Click Manual here. The difference between Manual and Automatic is basically I can control the diameter of my tool. So, what I do is I take my best guess here on the diameter of the Red-Eye that needs to be corrected. Now that might be a little too large, bring it down a little bit, you don't want to get too close to the edge here because what will happen just see if this happens here. What will happen is it won't correct all of the Red-Eye and you have a little sort of like a sliver moon Red-Eye showing. Let's see if I'm going to take my best guess. Oh, not bad, not bad at all. Actually, let's Undo that. Let me do a bad Red-Eye. This is what happens if you get your diameter just a little bit off and you go here and it doesn't quite cover the area. You know, I have those funny things. I play basketball, some those of you know that I'm tall and sometimes I try to miss free throws you know because we are playing a game where we want to come out of a specific number and dog-gone-it, when I try to miss free throws, I always make them and when I try to screw up on here this one here is a good screw up right here. There we go. So, now if you get the diameter too small, you can sort of get this crescent here of Red-Eye, not a good look. I'm going to Undo that. Generally speaking I have to tell you I think the Automatic mode works great on Red-Eye, look at that beautiful, but you do have Manual mode if you want to use it and the one thing I want to notice let's zoom in just a little bit and look at a little different quality.
So, here is how it looks in automatic mode and you noted a kind of very solid correction. Let's Undo it. Now, let us go to the manual mode. And this time, I'm going to try to do it right, which you never know what that really means and you have a little bit of softness around the edge. Here is the Automatic. Here is the Manual. So, they do have different qualities. All these things you should keep in mind when you are working on Red-Eye. I think Automatic works great in most cases because people aren't going to be zooming in on the eyes.
Remember they are not going to know that you corrected the Red-Eye and a lot of times a photo won't be as large as this. Viewers should even be thinking about wow that is a photo that was corrected for Red-Eye. They won't be thinking that unless you tell them, but there are slight differences in how the Automatic and the Manual do correct. Use the one that is best for you. Either way, this is a very powerful and handy tool to help the salvage photos that might otherwise be ruined.
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