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Setting a key photo

From: iPhoto '09 Essential Training

Video: Setting a key photo

As mentioned in the previous lesson, events are the basic building blocks of your iPhoto library. Every photo is contained within one single event even though that photo is allowed to belong to several different albums. Now you'll notice as you mouse over one of the events, you can skim through all other photos within that event. But when you mouse off the event there is just one photo, which is called the key photo, that remains. This photo is obviously representative of the contents of that event. There are several ways to set the key photo for an event. The simplest is simply to mouse over the event, scrub through the photos, when you locate an image that you're happy with, in this case I'll choose this one with a bit of attitude, simply press the spacebar. Now when you move your mouse up the event, then photo is expanded and becomes the key photo.

Setting a key photo

As mentioned in the previous lesson, events are the basic building blocks of your iPhoto library. Every photo is contained within one single event even though that photo is allowed to belong to several different albums. Now you'll notice as you mouse over one of the events, you can skim through all other photos within that event. But when you mouse off the event there is just one photo, which is called the key photo, that remains. This photo is obviously representative of the contents of that event. There are several ways to set the key photo for an event. The simplest is simply to mouse over the event, scrub through the photos, when you locate an image that you're happy with, in this case I'll choose this one with a bit of attitude, simply press the spacebar. Now when you move your mouse up the event, then photo is expanded and becomes the key photo.

Another way to set the key photo is to press the information about it in the lower right corner, scrub through the images at the top left and this time click to set the key photo. When you're happy click Done. Now that works well for typical event that has 20 or 30 photos in it but if you've got larger event such as this one of Vietnam with 194 photos, it proves a little difficult to track down the individual photo you're after. Instead we'll double to open the event revealing all of the photos contained within the event.

Now I can scroll through all of the images until I locate an image that I think is particularly representative of the event. I can then select the photo and choose Events > Make Key Photo. The currently selected photo will now become the key photo for the event. So that when I click the All Events button to return to the Standard Events view, you'll see that the key photo is been correctly set. We'll continue in the next few lessons to look at how to rename events, create, merge and split them; and also at some of the preferences that are specifically useful when you're importing your photos.

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iPhoto '09 Essential Training

71 video lessons · 11420 viewers

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  1. 2m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 12s
  2. 12m 34s
    1. Launching the application
      1m 36s
    2. Importing images from a camera
      3m 29s
    3. Importing images from an iPhone
      1m 4s
    4. Importing images from files
      1m 6s
    5. Understanding the iPhoto interface
      2m 16s
    6. Reviewing the interface preferences
      2m 40s
    7. Learning some quick navigation tips
      23s
  3. 8m 52s
    1. Building ways to organize photos
      2m 45s
    2. Creating albums
      2m 4s
    3. Creating Smart Albums
      2m 58s
    4. Understanding folders and albums
      1m 5s
  4. 8m 46s
    1. Setting a key photo
      2m 3s
    2. Renaming events
      44s
    3. Creating and merging events
      1m 15s
    4. Splitting events
      52s
    5. Understanding event preferences
      3m 52s
  5. 16m 52s
    1. Reviewing the Faces feature
      2m 15s
    2. Connecting faces and photos
      5m 40s
    3. Confirming faces
      6m 27s
    4. Adding missing faces
      2m 30s
  6. 13m 5s
    1. Reviewing the Places feature
      2m 35s
    2. Adding missing places
      3m 3s
    3. Adding a new place
      2m 49s
    4. Using the Places map
      3m 58s
    5. More tips on Places
      40s
  7. 17m 16s
    1. Exploring metadata in the Photo Info panel
      3m 46s
    2. Adding keywords
      5m 0s
    3. Searching by keyword
      3m 59s
    4. Rating and searching by ratings
      1m 51s
    5. Hiding and flagging
      1m 24s
    6. Using the Date feature
      1m 16s
  8. 13m 56s
    1. Working in Full Screen mode
      2m 12s
    2. Rotating and straightening photos
      1m 29s
    3. Cropping photos
      1m 47s
    4. Removing red-eye
      1m 56s
    5. Using the Retouch tool
      2m 43s
    6. Creating effects
      1m 39s
    7. Creating a duplicate
      1m 20s
    8. Reverting to an original photo
      50s
  9. 26m 18s
    1. Using the automatic Enhance feature
      3m 49s
    2. Working with raw photos
      2m 46s
    3. Fine-tuning in the Adjust palette
      1m 30s
    4. Using the histogram
      3m 19s
    5. Adjusting exposure, contrast, and saturation
      5m 3s
    6. Fixing highlights and shadows
      3m 9s
    7. Adding clarity and definition, changing sharpness, and reducing noise
      3m 3s
    8. Cleaning up the whites
      2m 43s
    9. Copying and pasting adjustments
      56s
  10. 23m 9s
    1. Creating a MobileMe gallery
      2m 46s
    2. Editing a MobileMe gallery
      4m 52s
    3. Sharing on Flickr
      1m 5s
    4. Sharing on Facebook
      1m 43s
    5. Working with other iLife apps
      1m 1s
    6. Updating online photos
      43s
    7. Creating a slideshow
      3m 59s
    8. Working with a slideshow project
      4m 10s
    9. Attaching photos to email
      1m 6s
    10. Setting a photo as the desktop image
      48s
    11. Sharing files with iWeb or iDVD
      56s
  11. 27m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      4m 27s
    2. Ordering prints
      54s
    3. Creating a photo book
      4m 21s
    4. Creating a custom book
      3m 28s
    5. Creating a travel map
      2m 17s
    6. Building a calendar
      7m 52s
    7. Building a card
      2m 13s
    8. Customizing a project
      1m 55s
  12. 4m 56s
    1. Reviewing preferences in detail
      4m 56s
  13. 37s
    1. Goodbye
      37s

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