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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.
One option that you always have in iPhoto, no matter how much you have adjusted an image or cropped it or done any number of things to it you can always revert to original. You can always go back to that original state that came right out of your camera. Now I mentioned this for a couple of reasons, but one of them is that knowing that you can Revert to Original I think frees you to play with images and to have fun with them knowing that you are not going to ruin them. What iPhoto actually does the minute that you open an image in the Edit mode and you make a change it creates a copy of that image and it leaves the original safe and sound in the originals folder deep down within the iPhoto library. So, your original tucked away, safe and sound, and when you do your image edit, you are actually image editing a copy of the original. So, when you Revert to Original, when you use that command in iPhoto and by the way that command is right up here. We are going to play with it here in a second. When you Revert to Original, all you really doing is throwing away that duplicate photo that iPhoto created for you when you opened the original in the image editor. So, let's see how that works. We'll go back here to Costa Maya and remember this 8x10 version of the shot. So, let's say that I know I'm never going to make an 8x10 of this shot. I know for fact I have thrown away all of my 8x10 paper and there is no possibility of whatsoever of making an 8x10. So, what I would like to do is to take this and revert it back to original. All I do is Click on it once, I go up to photos, I choose Revert to Original. Now, iPhoto is considered. Are you sure you want to do this? Because all of your changes will be lost, not just you know the original change, but if you done a layers of changes over time they will all be thrown away and you will go back to the original image, I say Ok. I Click that. So you will notice a couple of things have happened. First of all, the 8x10 cropping is gone and also that the photo isn't as saturated as these other two, so that little color boost that I did is also thrown away and I'm back to square 1. So I probably should not call this 8x10 anymore because it is not cropped for that and if I wanted to, now I could work on it and do something else with it, but say I took it to Edit mode, hold down the Option key, Double-Click and we'll Crop it to something really crazy like 3x5, to make a little proportion there, and we'll Apply that and we are done. So, now what I have done is I have taken away my 8x10 crop by reverting to original. I have applied a new crop to it. I'll give it a name here, it is called 3x5, and we have taken this 8x10 image and changed it into something completely different. Revert to Original is powerful. I don't recommend using it all the time because I think often you will throw away changes that you like, so try to balance duplicating photos and revert to original and in that way you can work as efficiently as possible.
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