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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.
I would like to show you a few tips for managing your events. I think this is a great way to look at your iPhoto library. I'm going to start up by going to Preferences. You do have one event preference in Preferences under the General tab and this is where you get to set the timeframe for the event. Is an event one week, is it one day, two- hour gaps, eight-hour gaps? That's up to you. This really applies when you're importing and you check that box to Autosplit into Events.
So if you're on vacation for a week, you may want an event to be a week. If you do something different every day, and maybe you want an event to be a day. And you can change it. You don't have to leave it in one or the other. Now in terms of how the events are labeled, it's easy enough to change that. You just click on the label and you can add. Now if I hit Return, it will enter it and if I hit Tab, it'll move me to the next event. So I will hit Tab. You see and it even highlights that field for me.
That's kind of cool. So I get to change that. Once I'm done with all of this, then I can just hit the Return key and there we go. So labels are very easy to do. And you can move events around, as I mentioned before, just by dragging them. Make sure there is room, because if you drop right on top of a previous event, you will merge them. Now you also have events up here at the top and you have some controls, as you'll see.
Create an Event, Create an Event From Flagged Photos. We're going to talk about flagging in an upcoming movie actually. You can merge events up here, although I think the easier way is to just to take one event and drop it on the other. You can make a key photo in the event and an easier way to do that I think is just find the image that you want and then hit the Spacebar. There you go. There is another tricky way too. What if I right-click right here and I get this little pop-up menu and whatever images is there are becomes a key photo.
I can play a slideshow of an event on the fly by right-clicking and choose this and all the images in that event will become a slideshow for my enjoyment. I'm going to take a different shot here. Let me hit Spacebar to make that our key photo. Let's just say you get a stray photo in an event or something that shouldn't be there, you might go, well, that's going to cause me problems. What do I do? For instance, let's say you don't want this image in this event. Just highlight the image or images.
We can-- let's do two just for fun. Go up to the Events and then do Split Event and they become two different events just like that. Let me go back to Events and we see now we have this event and now we have this event. So if you have photos in there that you don't want, then just split. You go, "Oh, well, maybe they should belong together." Well, then you just emerge them again by taking your event and dropping it on the other guy. It's going to ask me and I say "Yup, I want them merged," and we're back to where we began.
So everything is looking pretty good. Let's just clean up this label right here. Say, call it Camera Bag and hit Return. That should get you on your way for managing events. A lot of little tips, but they'll really help to clean up your library.
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