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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.
It's time now to edit our photos and have some fun with them. There are three different ways that you can enter Edit mode in iPhoto and of course that is the way iPhoto works. It has a specific mode just for doing things like cropping and rotating and straightening and all those things that we like to do to manipulate our pictures. I'm going to show you all three ways in this movie and then we'll get down to actually applying some of those tools. Now the first way that you can enter Edit mode is by Double-Clicking on the image. Oh, but wait, you Double-Click and you got Magnify. Well the reason why you did is because up in Preferences when you were in the General mode here Double-Click a photo, magnifies it, so you could change it right here in Preferences, but since the way that you used Double-Click most of time is to magnify. There is no need to change it in Preferences. All you have to do is hold down the Option key and Double-Click and that will bring you into Edit mode. So, Option key is the modifier for either Magnify or Edit so that is one way to get into Edit mode.
The second way is to Ctrl-Click or Right -Click the image and then you have some of your editing options right here. You can Edit, that brings us to the same window that we had before, that's edit within the iPhoto interface. I'm going to go back though, hold down the Control key again. I could Edit in a separate window. This brings a window that sits on top of iPhoto and some people like having a totally separate environment for editing their photos. In the final way, we are going to Ctrl-Click again, just to edit using Full Screen. This is a very nice way if you want to get the full impact of your image and your tools are down here at the bottom and all you have to do is bring your mouse down to the bottom and they appear, so people that like to see the image in its full glory will edit in Full Screen mode. Now to get out of it you go all the way over here to the right, Click the X, and you are back in your Thumbnail mode.
Now finally, since iPhoto is a very visual application the most obvious way to enter Edit mode is to Click the photo and then Click on the Edit icon and that will bring you into Editing mode within the iPhoto window. So, you have many different ways to get to editing. Now, I'm going to show you how those tools work that are within Editing mode, so you can get to manipulating your pictures.
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