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Almost every photo can benefit from some enhancement, from exposure adjustments to cropping. In this course, author Rich Harrington shows how to improve photos using iPhoto. The course describes how to crop and straighten photos; remove red eye; improve exposure, color, and contrast; and refine images by retouching blemishes, removing noise, and adding special effects like vignettes.
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Sometimes a photo is just going to be a little crooked. Now, there are lots of reasons. Maybe you were leaning; maybe the subject itself was a bit canted. But when you go to edit that picture, it's very easy to fix this. And this is one of those geometric corrections that just makes the photo look more professional, and removes some of the barriers that might bother the viewer. Here's how to do it. With the photo open, I will go into Edit mode. Under the Quick Fixes area here, there is the ability to Straighten.
Now, once you do this, you'll get a grid, and the easiest thing here is, as you drag, look to see how those lines are going. Now, I recommend that you zoom in a bit. This makes it easier to see the lines that you're working with. I'll go ahead and adjust. You can also rotate an image using a two finger gesture on the track pad. And that looks just about right there. There we go. To me, that looks even. Let's zoom out to 100%.
That looks pretty good. I could see that this line here is going right across that edge. It looks perfectly straight. So I'll press zero to zoom all the way out. That's a real straightforward process. Throughout the exercises, you'll find extra images in the folder that you could play with, and I'll sometimes use these images to just recap the technique. For example, I'll click the arrow here to go to the next photo. My changes are saved. And this photo definitely looks crooked as well. Let's adjust the angle. 2 to zoom in.
Using the Navigator, I'm going to pan down to that edge of the street there, and adjust to get it straight. Let's press 1 to zoom out a little bit. That's looking a lot better there. I think I got that line of the stair correct, and I'll zoom back out. Now, realize, when straightening, what's happening is that you are cropping the image slightly, and it does that to remove the barrier at the edge. This is one of those instances where there are a lot of lines, and a lot of angles, so you have to decide what you're going to go off of.
I think, in this case, I'm going to use this wall here, and that's looking fairly straight. So, I'll consider that done, and we'll simply click the Done button to store the change.
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