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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.
So what you do if you have a photo that you really like, but it has some small imperfection? It could be just a little spot, it could be a piece of sensor dust, it could be even some glare in the glass behind the subject when you use the flash. Well fortunately, iPhoto has a very nice tool to help you fix those small imperfections and I'm going to show it to you right now. Let's go over to portraits, Double-Click on that to open this Event. Now hold down the Option key and Double-Click. Now one of the tricks that you can do in iPhoto by the way, once you're in Edit mode, if you hit the 1 key you can zoom in to a 100%. Very nice. You can get a very good look at things. So let's say that I wanted to remove this little blemish right here. It is very small, but it is a good example for how the Retouch tool can work. I'm going to go to Retouch. Now the thing that you will notice is that this is new by the way, iPhoto '08, is it you have the slider that allows you to adjust the diameter of your brush. So, I'll pick something about like that. That looks about correct. Then all you have to do is Click on it, and look at that, spot is gone, when we hit the Shift key there it's, now it's gone. There it is, now it's gone. May be I should clean up a little larger area. So, I'm going to hit Cmd+Z to Undo it. I'm going to increase the size of my brush just a little bit. There we go. Now, let's clean this one up and see what happens. Click on it. Very nice. Shift and remember what Shift does that allows me to see how it looked before I made the correction.
Very nice. It's all gone. The Retouch tool works really well. It's not a cure-all for really big areas. You can't kind of fixing of some gigantic mistake, but for small little things it cleans them up nicely and it gets them out of your way, so that you don't have to worry about it anymore, so that you can enjoy the rest of the photo without continually looking at that little imperfection that's bothering you. By the way, when you want to get out of 100% mode here that we are in, all you have to do is hit the zero key that brings you back so the Image Fits in the Frame, so when you are in edit mode, just as a reminder the one key brings you up to 100% and the zero key will bring you back to Fit in Frame. We are now finished with our correction. I'm going to Click the Done.
It has been applied and we have successfully retouched our photo.
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