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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.
I am going to show you the Retouch tool right now, which is quite powerful even though it's in the Quick Fixes pane of the Edit panel. So let's work on this shot right here and I'm going to Edit and I am going to Full Screen mode too. You'll notice at the bottom of the pane we have Retouch and it's a very simple dialog, but it's a very powerful thing. Now I want to work on a few blemishes here and when you are using Retouch tool a lot of times it's easier to zoom in and do your work in and then zoom back out and see how it looks. You can do that.
You have the zoom in slider right here and you can zoom in and out. Once you've zoomed in, you can hold down the Spacebar and navigate around that way or you can use the navigator here and navigate that way. But I have a way that I like that's even better. You just put your pointer wherever you want to work and hit the 1 key and it brings you in at 100% right where your pointer is. If you hit the 2 key, it brings you in at 200%. And if you hit the 0 key, it takes you back out.
So anything that you want to work on, you just put the pointer where you want it, hit the 1 key, and you are right there, and you back out that way. So I think that's a little easier for retouching. So let's retouch this blemish right here. So I will hit the 1 key. Now first thing you'll notice is that you've got to make your tool the right size and you can do that with the slider, but I like to use the Bracket keys. So I am using the Right Bracket key to make it bigger and the Left Bracket key to make it little bit smaller.
The key to retouching is select an area that's little larger than the blemish itself. Now all I have to do is just click and iPhoto will fix that. There is how it looked, just like that. So then you can go through and just use your Bracket key and just start clicking on blemishes. Now you can go crazy with this. You don't want to go completely nuts with this. Save it for the really bad stuff. I am going to do Command+Z here. You do have another trick.
You can sample an area, it's like the Cloning tool in Photoshop, if you want to retain some of that texture. So for instance if I sample this area right here, I hold down the Option key and I click, I've sampled that. Now if I retouch it, it should be a little bit more natural. See, where we have some of that texture there. You can do that for instance on this line here. I can sample this area right above it, hold down the Option key, click, and then just move through here, exactly like that.
Now when you're done retouching I recommend that you zoom back out just to make sure that everything looks natural and if you like what you've done, then click the Done button and you're in great shape. So it's in the Quick Fixes, but it's a very powerful tool, and especially if you do that accurate zooming you can work very quickly.
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