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Retouching photos

From: iPhoto '11 Essential Training

Video: Retouching photos

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.

Retouching photos

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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iPhoto '11 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 49s
    3. What's new in iPhoto '11?
      1m 39s
    4. OS X Mavericks 10.9 iPhoto version update
      21s
  2. 20m 33s
    1. Preparing to install iPhoto '11
      3m 2s
    2. Launching iPhoto for the first time and updating your existing Library
      4m 4s
    3. Importing images from your camera
      4m 50s
    4. Importing photo files
      4m 3s
    5. Importing movies
      2m 17s
    6. Working in Full Screen view
      2m 17s
  3. 40m 53s
    1. Importing the exercise files and organizing by Event
      1m 59s
    2. Understanding Events
      3m 43s
    3. Hiding photos
      1m 50s
    4. Flagging photos
      3m 3s
    5. Finding people using Faces
      3m 52s
    6. Adding people to Faces
      2m 8s
    7. Managing the Faces corkboard
      2m 14s
    8. Organizing by location with Places
      2m 9s
    9. Geotagging images
      7m 4s
    10. Creating albums
      1m 54s
    11. Viewing albums in Full Screen mode
      3m 37s
    12. Creating Smart Albums
      3m 36s
    13. Creating folders
      1m 46s
    14. Exploring the Project view
      1m 58s
  4. 17m 15s
    1. Understanding metadata
      3m 1s
    2. Rating your photos
      4m 27s
    3. Displaying photos by rating
      2m 57s
    4. Adding keywords
      3m 13s
    5. Finding photos by keyword
      3m 37s
  5. 29m 6s
    1. Switching to Edit mode
      2m 3s
    2. Cropping photos
      3m 30s
    3. Straightening photos
      1m 37s
    4. Making automatic corrections with Enhance
      2m 18s
    5. Removing red-eye
      3m 5s
    6. Retouching photos
      3m 10s
    7. Rotating photos
      1m 39s
    8. Using the Effects palette
      4m 8s
    9. Duplicating photos
      3m 5s
    10. Reverting to the original
      2m 4s
    11. Comparing photos while editing
      2m 27s
  6. 34m 53s
    1. Working in the Adjust tab
      1m 0s
    2. Adjusting levels
      4m 12s
    3. Adjusting exposure and contrast
      3m 31s
    4. Adjusting color saturation
      3m 43s
    5. Adjusting definition
      2m 10s
    6. Adjusting highlights and shadows
      2m 26s
    7. Adjusting sharpness and reducing noise
      4m 19s
    8. Adjusting temperature and tint
      4m 19s
    9. Copying adjustments and pasting them to multiple photos
      3m 51s
    10. Working with RAW files in iPhoto
      5m 22s
  7. 25m 42s
    1. Emailing photos from iPhoto
      4m 22s
    2. Emailing photos the old-fashioned way
      4m 5s
    3. Setting up your email account in iPhoto
      3m 43s
    4. Sharing your photos via Facebook
      3m 16s
    5. Sharing your photos via Flickr
      4m 35s
    6. Sharing your photos via MobileMe
      1m 26s
    7. Creating a web gallery
      4m 15s
  8. 20m 59s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      1m 46s
    2. Customizing slideshow settings
      5m 2s
    3. Exporting a slideshow to QuickTime
      4m 19s
    4. Managing movies in your iPhoto library
      5m 26s
    5. Creating a DVD from iPhoto
      4m 26s
  9. 41m 45s
    1. Exporting photos
      4m 57s
    2. Printing photos
      7m 57s
    3. Ordering prints
      2m 22s
    4. Creating a calendar
      7m 11s
    5. Creating a photo book
      7m 40s
    6. Selecting output options for your photo book
      4m 6s
    7. Creating greeting cards
      4m 15s
    8. Setting output options for your greeting cards
      2m 11s
    9. Viewing all your calendars, books, and cards
      1m 6s
  10. 16m 14s
    1. Customizing iPhoto preferences
      7m 7s
    2. Burning a backup CD or DVD
      4m 37s
    3. Backing up to an external hard drive
      1m 53s
    4. Creating iPhoto libraries and switching between them
      2m 37s
  11. 1m 45s
    1. Final thoughts
      1m 45s

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