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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.
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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