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Straightening photos

From: iPhoto '08 Essential Training

Video: Straightening photos

The next basic tool I'm going to cover is Straighten, and it's a pretty handy one. I don't need it for this particular photo. This is the image that we cropped in the previous movie. So, I'm going to go ahead and Click Done and apply the cropping changes and leave Edit mode for just a moment. That way I can go to another photo and straighten it. So I'm going to go back to Events here and let's look for an image to straighten. Let's try this one here. So to Double-Click on it, I'm going to hold down the Option key this time and we are going to go into Edit mode that way, hold down option, Double-Click, and we are in edit mode. Now, I'm going to Click on the Straighten icon right here and we get this cool little grid. Now, I thought this photo was fairly straight when I shot it, but now that I look at it against a grid I can see it's not exactly perfect. So, all I have to do is move my slider ever so slightly, now I can straighten off the horizon line here or straighten off the tree in this case, they are both perpendicular, which is pretty nice. I'm going to straighten something just like this. Now the nice thing about iPhoto Straighten tool is that not only does it straighten the horizon line or the vertical line that you are working with or keen of, but it then also crops the rest of the image, so you don't have those ugly corners like you get sometimes when you use other image editing tools that shall remain nameless. So in iPhoto not only does it straighten, but it also crops it at the same time, so that when you are finished you have a complete photo that is ready to go. Now, I like this right here. I think this works pretty well. Maybe I'll just, you know straighten is one of those things you can spend a lot of time on the same photo. Be careful you will become hypnotized by this because you may never get to the other image editing tools, you just wake up at 2 in the morning with your head on the keyboard and the Straighten command is still open. All right, there we go. I like it.

Straightening photos

The next basic tool I'm going to cover is Straighten, and it's a pretty handy one. I don't need it for this particular photo. This is the image that we cropped in the previous movie. So, I'm going to go ahead and Click Done and apply the cropping changes and leave Edit mode for just a moment. That way I can go to another photo and straighten it. So I'm going to go back to Events here and let's look for an image to straighten. Let's try this one here. So to Double-Click on it, I'm going to hold down the Option key this time and we are going to go into Edit mode that way, hold down option, Double-Click, and we are in edit mode. Now, I'm going to Click on the Straighten icon right here and we get this cool little grid. Now, I thought this photo was fairly straight when I shot it, but now that I look at it against a grid I can see it's not exactly perfect. So, all I have to do is move my slider ever so slightly, now I can straighten off the horizon line here or straighten off the tree in this case, they are both perpendicular, which is pretty nice. I'm going to straighten something just like this. Now the nice thing about iPhoto Straighten tool is that not only does it straighten the horizon line or the vertical line that you are working with or keen of, but it then also crops the rest of the image, so you don't have those ugly corners like you get sometimes when you use other image editing tools that shall remain nameless. So in iPhoto not only does it straighten, but it also crops it at the same time, so that when you are finished you have a complete photo that is ready to go. Now, I like this right here. I think this works pretty well. Maybe I'll just, you know straighten is one of those things you can spend a lot of time on the same photo. Be careful you will become hypnotized by this because you may never get to the other image editing tools, you just wake up at 2 in the morning with your head on the keyboard and the Straighten command is still open. All right, there we go. I like it.

I'm going to Click Done. Now iPhoto applies the changes, my straighten to the image, and saves it. Here we go. We have a nice straight horizon line and nice perpendicular tree and we are in very good shape, Click Back. We are ready to move on to the next editing tool.

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iPhoto '08 Essential Training

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  1. 8m 32s
    1. Welcome
      2m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
    3. iPhoto overview
      5m 15s
  2. 9m 33s
    1. Interface changes
      2m 2s
    2. Importing photos
      37s
    3. Events
      1m 18s
    4. Using the Web Gallery
      2m 18s
    5. The Adjust palette
      2m 12s
    6. Other editing tools
      1m 6s
  3. 24m 37s
    1. Launching iPhoto for the first time
      2m 47s
    2. Setting up overall preferences
      5m 18s
    3. Importing images from your camera
      4m 7s
    4. Importing photo files
      2m 41s
    5. Importing movies
      3m 14s
    6. Changing the viewing mode
      6m 30s
  4. 26m 47s
    1. Setting up Events preferences
      4m 2s
    2. Creating a new event
      2m 40s
    3. Auto-splitting an event
      2m 48s
    4. Merging events
      2m 4s
    5. Changing the key photo
      2m 13s
    6. Renaming your photos and events
      2m 34s
    7. Creating albums
      2m 40s
    8. Creating folders
      3m 12s
    9. Creating Smart Albums
      4m 34s
  5. 26m 31s
    1. Understanding metadata
      1m 3s
    2. Understanding EXIF and IPTC metadata
      2m 11s
    3. Using photo info
      3m 7s
    4. Rating your photos
      4m 19s
    5. Finding photos by rating
      1m 27s
    6. Hiding photos
      1m 41s
    7. Flagging photos
      4m 12s
    8. Adding keywords
      5m 44s
    9. Finding photos by keyword
      2m 47s
  6. 29m 28s
    1. Switching to Edit mode
      2m 32s
    2. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    3. Cropping photos
      2m 7s
    4. Straightening photos
      2m 23s
    5. Making automatic corrections with Enhance
      4m 37s
    6. Removing red-eye
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching photos
      2m 33s
    8. Using the Effects palette
      4m 50s
    9. Duplicating photos
      2m 13s
    10. The Revert to Original command
      3m 16s
  7. 47m 11s
    1. Setting up an advanced editing environment
      5m 13s
    2. Adjusting levels
      3m 5s
    3. Adjusting exposure and contrast
      4m 2s
    4. Adjusting highlights and shadows
      3m 13s
    5. Adjusting saturation, temperature, and tint
      3m 39s
    6. Automatic color cast correction
      3m 0s
    7. Adjusting sharpness and reducing noise
      5m 55s
    8. Copying adjustments and pasting them to multiple photos
      3m 7s
    9. Editing in an external editor
      4m 16s
    10. Working with RAW files in iPhoto
      5m 24s
    11. Working with RAW files in an external editor
      6m 17s
  8. 38m 28s
    1. Creating a Web Gallery
      7m 24s
    2. Managing your Web Gallery
      2m 33s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      9m 53s
    4. Exporting a slideshow to QuickTime
      4m 19s
    5. Emailing photos
      6m 47s
    6. Exporting an HTML Web Gallery
      5m 27s
    7. Sharing photos over a network
      2m 5s
  9. 28m 31s
    1. Printing photos
      4m 49s
    2. Ordering prints
      2m 31s
    3. Building a photo book
      9m 52s
    4. Creating greeting cards
      4m 54s
    5. Creating a calendar
      6m 25s
  10. 18m 19s
    1. Burning a backup CD or DVD
      5m 13s
    2. Creating a photo DVD in iDVD
      5m 39s
    3. The iPhoto Library
      4m 3s
    4. Creating custom title slides
      3m 24s
  11. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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