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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.
We are now going to fix redeye in photos, and this is kind of interesting because Apple uses a little bit of face recognition technology as part of this process. So first we have to find a redeye photo and I have one right here. I go to Full Screen mode and I will go to Edit. Now, we have red eye and we also have face detection in place. In other words, this is part of the whole face recognition thing that iPhoto does and in fact before we do the redeye thing, let me just prove that to you.
We will go out of Full Screen mode real quick, just go to Faces, and we see that the baby is on our corkboard here. So it has been identified in Faces. The drama, the suspense is killing you, isn't? "What's he going to do next?" I am going to show you right now. Without any further ado I click on Edit. Watch what happens now when I click on the Fix Red-Eye button under Quick Fixes in the Edit pane. It automatically does it for me.
The reason why is that the Auto-fix red-eye box is checked. Basically, the way iPhoto works if the face has been detected. If iPhoto knows this is the face and it has red-eye, when you click on the Fix Red-Eye button under Quick Fixes, it will automatically fix it for you. Now, here's the thing though. Look at this! It didn't quite fix it all the way. So we can go in to Manual mode too. We can fix this manually. So I am going to unclick this box here and I am going to show you how to do it manually.
You have this little cursor here and you can change the size of it with the slider, but it's not really practical to do that over here and then to come back over here. So you have the Right and Left Bracket keys. We will make that adjustment also. So you can put it right over the eye and then use the Right and Left Bracket keys to it make it smaller and bigger. Then once you have it lined up, then click and then you can go over here and do the same thing, just line it up and click. And there you go! You have manually fixed it.
It's a little cleaner than the previous fix and then when you're done obviously, click the Done button. Now, hopefully your shots will not have this much red-eye in them, because when the pupils are this dilated and they are very red, even red-eye fix is not a perfect solution. So you want to try to avoid red-eye. But if you do need to fix it, the tool is here. If Apple and iPhoto have identified your person through Faces, then it will try to automatically fix it for you once you click on the Fix Red-Eye button here in the Edit pane.
Redeye is not pleasant, but at least we have a semi-solution for it here in iPhoto.
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