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In iPhoto '11 Essential Training, Derrick Story offers an in-depth tour of the popular photo management software from Apple, demonstrating its various features for organizing, editing, and sharing images. The course covers techniques to categorize and combine images into custom collections using iPhoto's geotagging, face detection, and Smart Album features, and offers insight on how to perform key image corrections and enhancements. Also covered are tutorials on building customized slideshows and outputting collections to calendars, books, and greeting cards. Exercise files accompany the course.
Well, we're coming to one of my favorite parts of iPhoto, which is image editing. In order to do that, we have to go into Edit mode. So I'm going to give you just a quick overview of Edit mode right now. I recommend that you go to Full Screen for image editing. It's just better and it allows you to focus more on your picture and it's one of my favorite uses of Full Screen mode. To start editing, you just have to go down here to the Edit button and you get the panel. Now the panel actually has three tabs in it.
You have Quick Fixes and these are things that are exactly that. Rotate the image a little bit, straighten it a bit, do a little cropping, and you can actually do some minor retouching. So if you have a blemish or something in the photo, you can touch that out. Then you have Effects and those of you that have used iPhoto before will recognize these, there, from before. They work great and they're sort of like one click solutions.
Then new to iPhoto '11, we get six more little tools here. Lighten, Darken, Contrast, warm up picture, or make it cooler, and saturate it. Now you can also do these in the Adjust panel. However, I think the thinking is that in effect just having a big button that says Lighten or a big button that says Darken is probably easier for someone who hasn't done a lot of image editing. Instead of staring at this Adjust panel and going, hmm, do I use Exposure? Do I use Contrast? So I believe that's the reasoning for those one-click effects.
However, here in the Adjust panel, this is where the real power of editing in iPhoto lives and we're going to go over all of these sliders in some detail. So hopefully, by the end of that series of movies, you'll feel just a tad more comfortable when you work on your pictures.
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