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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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Up until this point, we have been focusing on making pictures look photorealistic. However, you can use effects to stylize an image for a more interpretive look. Here's how. Jumping over to the Effects panel, I have some options here. And you'll notice, we can age a photo. For example, the antique look is kind of fun. Combining that, I could defocus the edges a bit, and darken them down. And we took this image from looking like a modern photo of old televisions to an older photo of old televisions.
Here's our next image. Now, we just looked at this image, but this time, I want to really take it far. I'm going to boost the color, so it's super saturated, cool it down a bit, defocus the edges, and then go in and Fade. Now, it may seem strange that I boosted the color, and faded, but what I was going for there was a really high contrast look. Now, I'm going to fill that up with just a little bit of Saturation coming back, and I'm going to go ahead and then darken the edge.
Now, the Vignette can look a bit artificial, so in some cases, you may change your mind, and instead do that with a little bit of blurring at the edge. I find that working together, blur and vignette will often create a good combination, but that the dark Vignette on a particularly bright image may not work. With the before and after there, you see that effects made that a much more stylized image. This takes on a bit of a dreamy, surrealistic feel. Now, it's not natural color, but that doesn't mean that I can't like it. And using those effects can go a long way as you want to play with the image.
Now, we've got one more example, and I just want you to see how quick and easy this is. Let's go ahead and give this a boosted look. We'll go ahead and brighten it up a little, and then take it to Antique, with the blurred edges. Now, this gives me that feeling that I like. In this case, they're modern bikes, but I wanted the photo to feel a bit older, like it was from the 1960s. But if I'm just having a bad day, and really shouldn't have been experimenting, I could always go ahead and click Revert to Original to take it back.
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